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Christine (1983)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christine Belford ...
William Ostrander ...
Steven Tash ...
Stuart Charno ...
Marc Poppel ...
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 in a junkyard. Arnie immediately falls in love with the car and calls it Christine. 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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


She was born bad. Plain and simple. Somewhere deep on a darkened assembly line. Christine. A '58 Plymouth Fury possessed by Hell. She's taken control of her teenage owner, Arnie. Her previous owner is not alive to warn him. And now she's steering straight for the one person in her way. Arnie's girlfriend, Leigh. The other woman. 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)


$21,200,000 (USA)

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Did You Know?


Stephen King's popularity was such at the time that the film went into production before the book was even published. See more »


In 1958, the Lynch road assembly plant In Detroit ran on 3 shifts, 24 hours a day. They did not shut the plant down at 5pm as seen in the movie. See more »


Buddy Repperton: I'll fix you... you're gonna wish you were never fucking born!
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Crazy Credits

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


Referenced in The Critic: I Can't Believe It's a Clip Show (1995) See more »


Bad To The Bone
Written by George Thorogood
Performed by George Thorogood & The Destroyers (as George Thorogood and The Destroyers)
Courtesy of EMI America Records
Delsound Music
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User Reviews

how could it be better?
8 January 2005 | by (Liège, Belgique) – See all my reviews

Let's face it. Christine is far from the best novels of King, especially this creepy dead former owner, sitting on the backseats, and teasing Arnie.

Carpenter chose not to put this character into the movie. What a great choice. Which other movie has shown a true love between a human and a machine ever since? I mean, a film with no ridiculous situations and tired old gags. None.

Big John created a weird teenage movie, with a great cast (Keith Gordon has never been better) and a hypercool soundtrack. One of a kind you won't easily forget!

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