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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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

In the movie,Darnell was killed when Christine basically crushed him inside of her.However,in the book,Darnell's death was much more crazy.In the book he had a heart asthmatic condition,which was his demise.In the book,Christine broke INTO his house through a picture window,and rammed his staircase over and over again while he tried to climb up.By now,he could barely breathe and his heart just stopped.He fell down the stairs,and Christine rammed him over and over again. See more »

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The Camaro that Christine drags backwards at the gas station can be seen to have no engine and no interior, as it is a "shell" stunt-double car. See more »

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Arnie Cunningham: [commenting on the altercation with Repperton] All in all, it wasn't a bad first day.
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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 Christine: Ignition (2004) See more »

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Not Fade Away
Written by Buddy Holly and Norman Petty
Performed by Buddy Holly
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
MPI Communications, Inc. & Wren Music Co.
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2 August 2003 | by (U.S of A) – See all my reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. I had read the book and loved it, so therefor I was reluctant to see the movie. I didn't want to see the big screen dishonor the book in any way. But, as it happens, I loved it! A lot of people would say "This is a horror, it's supposed to be scary!!" And a lot of people are right in this regard, it wasn't very scary at all. At least to me. But...the way Arnie turns from such a geek to a cool, tough, bad-ass was pretty awesome. Also I liked the depth of all the characers relationships with one another. It definately stirred some serious emotions when Buddy and his goons tore up Christine. Most of all though, I think the car herself was what made the movie as good as it is. Just the style and freshness of the '58 Plymouth Fury kicked ass. If you're reading reviews (like this one) trying to decide if you even want to see it, I say go for it. What have you got to lose, after all? The hour and a half you would be spending trying to find a review for a movie you decide to see, you could have already watched Christine. That's my advice.


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