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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christine Belford ...
William Ostrander ...
Steven Tash ...
Stuart Charno ...
Marc Poppel ...
Robert Darnell ...


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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9 December 1983 (USA)  »

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$9,700,000 (estimated)


$21,200,000 (USA)

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Did You Know?


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


When Buddy Repperton falls into the pile of boxes in the school garage, some of the boxes are already crumpled (from an earlier take). See more »


Bemis: She smiled at me. I want to have deep, meaningful sex with her.
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Beast Of Burden
Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
Performed by The Rolling Stones
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Christine: She's a Killer
14 January 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is a magnificent movie on the theme of Demonic Possession.

John Carpenter actually IMPROVES on Stephen King's horror story, wherein the car is driven by the ghost of a Vietnam vet. For Carpenter, Christine (a murderously beautiful '58 Plymouth Fury) is a sentient machine, an incarnation of the spirit of the Fifties - complete with a car radio which will only tune to Rock'n'Roll music - great music!

Arnie Cunningham is an insecure but oddly gifted and sensitive kid who is gradually possessed by the car he loves - and actually thinks he can own.

The scenes where Christine comes to life are utterly believable -- you will be awestruck by the perfection of the seemingly impossible.

Anyone crazy enough to attack Christine has a terrible awakening coming. The scenes where the - Furious - car hunts people down are absolutely terrifying -- and completely believable.

Ever since I saw "Christine" in 1983, my surroundings have resonated with eerie sharp metallic "clicks" just like those in "Christine." Others have noticed them too, and they can be tape-recorded (unlike hallucinations!). COGNITIVE HEALTH WARNING!!!

"Christine" is one of the all-time great movies. Better than sex!

Our gratitude goes to John Carpenter for his integrity. The crew wrecked 17 priceless Plymouth Furies in making the film (Christine is in fact a re-badged Plymouth Belvedere, I'm told).

Tony Hollick (who usually drives a shadow silver-Gray 1987 Ford Capri 2.8i Injection Special named "Tru" (after "Tru Calling").


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