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Christine (1983)

R | | Horror | 9 December 1983 (USA)
A nerdish boy buys a strange car with an evil mind of its own and his nature starts to change to reflect it.



(novel), (screenplay)
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Robert Darnell ...


In 1957, in Detroit, a red Plymouth Fury is built and is the cause of two accidents, one of them fatal, still in the assembly line. Twenty-one years later, the outcast and bullied nerd Arnold "Arnie" Cunningham is getting a ride with his best and only friend Dennis Guilder and he sees the wrecked car for sale in a garden. Arnie immediately falls in love with the car. The car was given the name Christine by its first owner. He brings the car to a repair shop of the despicable Will Darnell and works hard to restore the classic car. While he works in the restoration, he changes his personality to a cocky teenager and he dates the most beautiful girl in the high-school, Leigh Cabot. Soon Arnie becomes selfish and jealous of the supernatural Christine that kills everyone that is a threat to them. Written by Mitchell McCreath.

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She's the Devil Incarnate. She's Christine. Body by Plymouth. Soul by Satan. See more »




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Release Date:

9 December 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

John Carpenter's Christine  »


Box Office


$9,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,408,000, 11 December 1983, Wide Release

Gross USA:

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Screenwriter Bill Phillips thought it was a joke when asked to adapt a book about a killer car. Halfway through reading Stephen King's novel, Phillips realised it was really good and signed on. See more »


At the very beginning of the movie we see the camera sweeping from a ventilator via a clock showing 12:45 to the assembly line. Christine can already be seen as she is the only red car in the line (the sixth car counting from the front). The following camera shots do not indicate any gap in time, so when the guy with the cigar dies in the car, it should be 1:00-1:30 latest. Yet, the dead body is not discovered until the bell rings at 5:00. At that time the assembly line seems not to have made any progress and Christine still plays "Not Fade Away". Somehow 4 hours are missing in the story line. See more »


Michael Cunningham: Your mother and I have decided to buy you a new car.
Arnie Cunningham: [to his mother] That's what everyone wants isn't it? Well, fuck you. I'm going to fix up Christine.
[walks away, his dad gets up and confronts him and grabs him by the shoulder]
Michael Cunningham: Listen, mister me and your mother have taken disrespect from you once too many times! Now, you go in there and apologize right now!
Arnie Cunningham: [grabs him by the neck] Keep your mitts off me, motherfucker! I'm hittin' the sack.
[walks upstairs]
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits when the titles are appearing, Christine's engine can be heard. See more »


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Not Fade Away
Written by Buddy Holly and Norman Petty
Performed by Tanya Tucker
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
MPI Communications, Inc. & Wren Music Co.
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Gotta love it
2 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. I had read the book and loved it, so therefor I was reluctant to see the movie. I didn't want to see the big screen dishonor the book in any way. But, as it happens, I loved it! A lot of people would say "This is a horror, it's supposed to be scary!!" And a lot of people are right in this regard, it wasn't very scary at all. At least to me. But...the way Arnie turns from such a geek to a cool, tough, bad-ass was pretty awesome. Also I liked the depth of all the characers relationships with one another. It definately stirred some serious emotions when Buddy and his goons tore up Christine. Most of all though, I think the car herself was what made the movie as good as it is. Just the style and freshness of the '58 Plymouth Fury kicked ass. If you're reading reviews (like this one) trying to decide if you even want to see it, I say go for it. What have you got to lose, after all? The hour and a half you would be spending trying to find a review for a movie you decide to see, you could have already watched Christine. That's my advice.

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