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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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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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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)  »

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$9,700,000 (estimated)

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$21,200,000 (USA)
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Screenwriter Bill Phillips and rocker George Thorogood filmed a cameo appearance as the junkyard workers who compress Christine and dropped the cube at the end; the sequence was cut because neither could act very well (as Phillips states in the documentary). It was also Phillips who suggested that they use George Thorogood's "Bad To The Bone" as the movie's theme song. See more »

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When Leigh falls off the hanging tire while trying to escape from Christine, she gets off the ground and her hair is messy and in her face. A few moments later, when against the wall, her hair is perfectly neat again. See more »

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Buddy Repperton: Come on, prick! We're not finished yet!
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We Belong Together
Written by Robert Carr, Johnny Mitchell and Hy Weiss
Performed by Robert & Johnny
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Big Seven Music Corp. & Maureen Music, Inc.
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Don't Mess With Christine!
20 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm not particularly a fan of horror movies and I couldn't fix an ailing automobile if my life depended on it so the workings of cars don't fascinate me.....but this movie fascinated me. The '58 Plymouth Fury, alias "Christine," is absolutely gorgeous. What a piece of machinery!

This is a horror story but there are no ghosts or monsters nor is there any gore. A car is the star of the film, a very jealous and vengeful one at that. Man, that sounds silly but, if you're reading this you have probably watched the movie so no sense going into details. It's hard to describe the story in a paragraph without it sounding stupid....but it's not. Maybe the quickest way to explain it is that it is about a car that is alive, like a human, and you mess with it, you pay!

It is definitely one creepy, well-made, unique and always-entertaining film.

The car is a lot better than any of the people, sad to say. No, I didn't like any of the kids in this film (high schoolers who all look 30 years old!) and the language is a little too rough in spots, but that can be filtered out.

The car, the '50s music, the unique story, the satisfying revenge angle all make this very watchable.


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