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 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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She'll possess you. Then destroy you. She's death on wheels. She's... 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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This was considered a misfire, both by Stephen King fans and John Carpenter fans, and in the industry as a whole. Both the box office returns on this and the critical reaction were middling to mediocre, especially considering the talent involved. The reigning Devil-car movie is still Steven Spielberg's 1971 TV movie cult-classic "Duel". 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 »

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Leigh Cabot: God, I hate rock and roll.
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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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Harlem Nocturne
Written by Earle Hagen
Performed by The Viscounts
Courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
Shapiro Bernstein & 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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