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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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Highschool geek Arnie Cunningham falls in love with "Christine", a bright red 1958 Plymouth Fury which has seen much better days. Setting himself the task of restoring the car to its original condition, his friends notice that the car is not the only thing that is changing. Arnie seems to spend more and more time with his car. He's also developed a sort of cocky arrogance which does not seem like the real Arnie at all. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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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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9 December 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

John Carpenter's Christine  »

Box Office

Budget:

$9,700,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$21,200,000 (USA)
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Special Edition DVD contains 20 deleted, extended, or alternate scenes:
  • A brief scene of Arnie and Dennis driving to school, in which Arnie recites a dirty limerick


  • Alternate scene of Arnie being bullied by Repperton and his gang


  • Arnie driving to Darnell's in a junked out Christine


  • Arnie breaking down in anger in Dennis's car


  • Darnell and a friend talking to Arnie while he is fixing up Christine


  • Extended scene of Arnie's first visit to Dennis at the hospital


  • Extended scene of bullies trashing Christine, including Moochie defecating on the dashboard


  • Extended scene of Arnie and Leigh walking into Darnell's before discovering Christine


  • A scene in which a distraught Leigh visits Dennis in the hospital


  • Brief scene of Arnie's mother looking in on him while he is sleeping


  • Extended scene of Arnie's second visit to Dennis in the hospital


  • Alternate scene of Det. Junkins questioning Arnie in the school parking lot


  • Brief scene of Leigh telling Arnie over the phone that she can't see him any more


  • Brief scene of the gas station bully being crushed by a car, explaining his death rather than the implied death of being immolated in the gas station fire seen in the wide release


  • Extended scene of Det. Junkins questioning Arnie at Darnell's after Darnell's death


  • Alternate scene of Leigh calling Dennis


  • Extended scene of Leigh visiting Dennis at his house


  • Alternate scene of Arnie and Dennis driving in Christine, in which Arnie is speeding and drinking alcohol


  • A scene of Leigh and Dennis kissing in Dennis' car, and Arnie pulls up behind them and catches them


  • Extended scene of Dennis and Leigh waiting in the bulldozer for Christine to arrive


The following deleted scene is not included in the DVD, but is mentioned by screenwriter Bill Phillips during the featurettes: See more »

Goofs

The first car in the assembly line has a bent grille (two grille bars are bent next to the left headlight), revealing that the car is old. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Casey: [after being told that Buddy Repperton has a switchblade] Turn out your pockets, Buddy.
Buddy Repperton: The fuck I will, you can't make me.
Mr. Casey: If you mean I don't have the authority, you're wrong, and if you think I won't turn out your pockets for you...
Buddy Repperton: [interrupting him] Yeah, you try and I'll knock you through the wall, you little bald fuck! Fuck!
Mr. Casey: Turn out you pockets, Buddy, or I'm gonna call the cops.
[Repperton reaches into his pocket, pulls out a switchblade and drops it on the floor]
Mr. Casey: Go to the office Buddy, ...
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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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Soundtracks

Little Bitty Pretty One
Written by Bobby Day
Performed by Thurston Harris
Courtesy of Liberty Records
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Hell hath no fury like a Fury scorned...
14 April 2006 | by (Hellfudge, Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

For my Smart Money, "Christine" is one of John Carpenter's most underrated efforts (up there with "Assault on Precinct 13"), and also one of his most effective. Even though its modest look and relative restraint in gore came as a result of "The Thing"'s box-office failure the previous year, and Carpenter has all but admitted his heart wasn't in the project, it ultimately turned out VERY well (if this is an effort from a sleepwalking Carpenter, he's better than most directors when they're awake). As someone who was knocked out by Rob Bottin's intricately gruesome FX work in "The Thing," but left cold by the shallow characters, "Christine" fills in the gaps of suspense and human story with ease. In retrospect, some of the absurd plot elements ("a haunted car," as Carpenter constantly reiterates) lends the film an odd humor that doesn't detract from things (and indeed, it was Stephen King's own infatuation with cars and rock music that inspired this story of obsession). Scenes are composed with great skill by Carpenter (making wonderful use of the widescreen image), and there are many striking images sprinkled throughout (the most incredible being the flaming Christine speeding after a villain). The excellent cast gives their all in making a potential B-movie premise glow with A-list polish: Keith Gordon's Arnie (the painfully square high-school senior who buys the titular vehicle), John Stockwell's Dennis (the resourceful jock and best friend), Alexandra Paul's Leigh (the earthy girlfriend who sparks Christine's jealousy), and Harry Dean Stanton's Junkins (the snooping P.I.) provide this tale with a lot of propulsive force. In a sense, "Christine" is a nice even ground between the zaniness of "Escape from New York" and the FX extremes of "The Thing," and exemplifies Carpenter's range as a director. A very underrated effort that is very much worth your time.


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