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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.

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Release Date:

9 December 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$9,700,000 (estimated)


$21,200,000 (USA)

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Did You Know?


According to Bill Phillips on the DVD Documentary, the movie technically didn't have enough violence to justify an "R" rating. But they were afraid that if the movie went out with a PG rating (PG-13 didn't exist yet) nobody would go to see it. So he purposely inserted the word "fuck" and its derivatives in order to get the "R" rating. He then recalls that they were criticized at the time for their use of the word. 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 »


Arnie Cunningham: Oh man, there is nothing finer than being behind the wheel of your own car! Except *maybe* for pussy!
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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 Supernatural: Fallen Idols (2009) See more »


Written by Del Shannon and Max Crook
Performed by Bonnie Raitt
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records, Inc.
by arrangement with Warner Special Products
Mole Hole Music / Bug Music & Rightsong Music, Inc.
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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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