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 for sale in a garden. Arnie immediately falls in love with the car. The car was given the name Christine by its first owner. 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
According to Bill Phillips in the DVD Documentary, Robert Prosky (Will Darnell) asked Phillips to give him more dialog to make his character more interesting. Prosky cited the scene in the novel where Darnell offers Arnie a job, particularly the line "you can pick up around the place. Do a few lubes. And put the toilet paper on the spools..." So Phillips added the scene to the script, keeping the dialogue almost verbatim from the novel. See more »
The spot on Dennis's sweatshirt from being grabbed by Moochie during lunch is still moist that night while at the Cunningham house. See more »
[Arnie is pulling a worn out, smoking old Christine into Darnell's Do It Yourself garage as Darnell and Dennis look on]
'Kiddo, you sold him that piece of shit, you oughta be fuckin' ashamed of yourself.
I didn't sell it to him. I tried to talk him out of it.
You shoulda' tried harder.
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In the opening credits when the titles are appearing, Christine's engine can be heard. See more »
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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