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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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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Seductive. Passionate. Possessive. Say hello to Christine...Your Girlfriend The Car. See more »


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9 December 1983 (USA)  »

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$9,700,000 (estimated)

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$21,200,000 (USA)
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The killer car Christine made a cameo appearence in two scenes of Little Shop Of Horrors (1986). It first appears as one of the cars being driven in the background during the song "Da Doo" right when the total eclipse of the sun occurs. The second time it appears, it is driving along with traffic right when Orin Scrivello D.D.S. (Steve Martin) pulls up on his motorcycle during the "Dentist" number. See more »

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The first time that Dennis talks to Leigh he first gets a book from a shelf. When he sits down at her table he lays the book on the table. When he leaves there is no book. See more »

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Rudolph Junkins: The kid was cut in half Arnie, they had to scrape his legs up with a shovel.
Arnie Cunningham: Well, isn't that what you're supposed to do with shit? Scrape it up with a little shovel?
Rudolph Junkins: Don't get smart with me, son. Your girlfriend is a hell of a lot more convincing than you are.
Arnie Cunningham: [laughs] She's not my girlfriend. And since when is it against the law to fix up your own car when somebody else busts it up, huh?
Rudolph Junkins: ...since never.
Arnie Cunningham: Then you get off my back.
Rudolph Junkins: [pause] Okay.
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In the opening credits when the titles are appearing, Christine's engine can be heard. See more »

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Referenced in Futurama: Anthology of Interest II (2002) See more »

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The Name Of The Game
Written by Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Stig Anderson
Performed by ABBA
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
by arrangement with Warner Special Products
Countless Songs Ltd. - U.S. & Canada
Sole Selling Agend Ivan Mogull Music Corp.
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One slick killing machine.
16 May 2000 | by (Muskogee OK) – See all my reviews

John Carpenter adapts Stephen King's novel with skillful precision. A high school kid becomes obsessive in his feelings for a very strange car he has bought. The car is given the name Christine and repays her owner's adoration by "taking care of" his enemies.

It is fun watching Keith Gordon, owner of Christine, go from wimp to self proclaimed stud. Also in the cast are: John Stockwell, Alexandra Paul, Harry Dean Stanton and David Spielberg.

It is super cool watching Christine repair her damaged parts. This is an underrated movie that deserves a repeat viewing.


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