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 for sale in a garden. Arnie immediately falls in love with the car. The car was given the name Christine by it's 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 Mitchell McCreath.

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Once she lures you behind her wheel...You're all hers. 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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As a joke, Alexandra Paul's twin sister, Caroline Paul, stood in for her during some scenes, most notably the ride on the bulldozer. See more »

Goofs

Buddy steps on Arnie's glasses and clearly breaks them. After Mr. Casey breaks up the fight Arnie puts on his glasses, which appear to be undamaged. He's really just wearing the bows without the glasses themselves. See more »

Quotes

George LeBay: Her name's Christine.
Arnie Cunningham: I like that.
Dennis Guilder: Come on Arnie, we gotta get goin', huh?
George LeBay: My asshole brother bought her back in September '57. That's when you got your new model year, in September. Brand-new, she was. She had the smell of a brand-new car. That's just about the finest smell in the world, 'cept maybe for pussy.
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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 The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999) See more »

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Not Fade Away
Written by Buddy Holly and Norman Petty
Performed by Tanya Tucker
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
MPI Communications, Inc. & Wren Music Co.
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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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