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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.

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Storyline

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'll possess you. Then destroy you. She's death on wheels. She's... See more »

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9 December 1983 (USA)  »

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John Carpenter's Christine  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$21,200,000
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Stephen King later created two characters named for Harry Dean Stanton: Harry Terwilliger and Dean Stanton were the names of two of the guards in The Green Mile (1999), which also featured Stanton himself as Old Toot-Toot. See more »

Goofs

When Arnie takes Leigh back home, he switches off the windshield wipers when they're on the outside of the windshield. When he comes back to Christine a few minutes later, the wipers are in their normal position. See more »

Quotes

Arnie Cunningham: [Christine won't start] Come on.
Arnie Cunningham: [Christine still won't start] Come on, Christine.
Arnie Cunningham: [Christine still won't start] Come on, baby, please. It's all right. Everything is the same.
[Christine starts and the radio comes on]
Arnie Cunningham: [smiles] Okay.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in Jessie: The Whining (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

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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I don't know if anyone has mentioned this before, but the 50s music was interesting in that most of it came from artists who suffered untimely, tragic deaths....Buddy Holly and Richie Valens of course were killed in a plane crash at the height of their careers...Johnny Ace ("Pledging My Love") died playing Russian Roulette with a pistol....Larry Williams ("Bony Maronie") was killed in 1980 by a gunshot wound to the head; he had been involved with drug dealing for years and it was thought to be a gang execution....I think Dion was still alive at the time this movie was made("I Wonder Why"); I'm not sure about the rest of the Belmonts....


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