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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 build and causes 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 Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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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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Trivia

Stephen King's popularity was such at the time that the film went into production before the book was even published. See more »

Goofs

When Arnie first notices that Christine has repaired air cleaners, there is clearly no hood on the car. But when Christine starts to repair everything else, the hood pops out from the engine. 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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Featured in I Love the '80s Strikes Back: 1983 (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Bad To The Bone
Written by George Thorogood
Performed by George Thorogood & The Destroyers (as George Thorogood and The Destroyers)
Courtesy of EMI America Records
Delsound Music
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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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