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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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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 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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John Carpenter's Christine  »

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$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 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 »

Quotes

Arnie Cunningham: Let me tell you a little something about love, Dennis. It has a voracious appetite. It eats everything. Friendship. Family. It kills me how much it eats. But I'll tell you something else. You feed it right, and it can be a beautiful thing, and that's what we have.
[voice rising in volume]
Arnie Cunningham: You know, when someone believes in you, man, you can do anything, any fucking thing in the entire universe. And when you believe right back in that someone, then watch out world, because nobody can stop you ...
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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 The Journey of Jacob Dvd-extra (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Come On, Let's Go
Written by Ritchie Valens
Performed by Ritchie Valens
Courtesy of Rhino Records/Del Fi Records
Keeno Music Co. & Chockas Music, Inc.
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A Movie Any True Car Lover Can Appreciate
1 February 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

There are no words that can truly describe the power and passion of Christine.

Anyone who owns an older car will be able to associate with the obsession that takes over nerdish Arnie's life when he restores Christine, the beautiful Plymouth Fury.

John Carpenter's excellent directing brings the car to life to such a point where as you're watching, you become so entranced that you forget she isn't alive.

The actors are well chosen for the roles they play, and give excellent performances. This, accompanied by excellent photography, special effects, timing and musical score make Christine a definite must-see movie.

Please Note: The Australian TV edit cuts out some of the best scenes, so this movie is best seen on DVD or video.


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