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Writers:
Stephen King (novel)
Bill Phillips (screenplay)
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Release Date:
9 December 1983 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
She'll possess you. Then destroy you. She's death on wheels. She's... See more »
Plot:
A nerdish boy buys a strange car with an evil mind of its own and his nature starts to change to reflect it. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Keith Gordan and John Stockwell shine in this classic horror movie See more (232 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Directed by
John Carpenter 
 
Writing credits
Stephen King (novel)

Bill Phillips (screenplay)

Produced by
Barry Bernardi .... associate producer
Larry J. Franco .... co-producer (as Larry Franco)
Richard Kobritz .... producer
Kirby McCauley .... executive producer
Mark Tarlov .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
John Carpenter 
Alan Howarth 
 
Cinematography by
Donald M. Morgan (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Marion Rothman 
 
Casting by
Karen Rea 
 
Production Design by
Daniel A. Lomino  (as Daniel Lomino)
 
Set Decoration by
Cloudia Rebar  (as Cloudia)
 
Costume Design by
Darryl Levine 
 
Makeup Department
Frankie Bergman .... hair stylist
Robert Dawn .... makeup supervisor (as Bob Dawn)
 
Production Management
Robert Doudell .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Larry J. Franco .... first assistant director (as Larry Franco)
Connie Garcia-Singer .... dga trainee
Jack Philbrick .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Daril Alder .... leadman
Richard Chirco .... set dresser
William J. Durrell Jr. .... set designer (as William Joseph Durrell Jr.)
Louis S. Fleming .... assistant property master
Andrew P. Flores .... labor forman (as Andy Flores)
Walt Hadfield .... construction coordinator
George Jenson .... production illustrator
Kent H. Johnson .... property master
Tony Leonardi .... painter (as Anthony J. Leonardi Jr.)
J.D. Smith .... set dresser
John Tyrrell .... paint foreman
 
Sound Department
John K. Adams .... foley artist (as John Adams)
Joseph F. Brennan .... boom operator (as Joseph Brennan)
Thomas Causey .... sound mixer
Hank Garfield .... boom operator
Michael C. Gutierrez .... dialogue editor (as Michael Gutierrez)
Duane Hartzell .... sound editor
Devon Heffley Curry .... adr supervisor (as Devon Heffley)
Robert J. Litt .... re-recording mixer
Steve Maslow .... re-recording mixer
John Post .... sound editor
Steve Rice .... foley artist
David E. Stone .... sound editor (as David Stone)
Kendrick Sweet .... dialogue editor (as Ken Sweet)
Elliot Tyson .... re-recording mixer
David Lewis Yewdall .... supervising sound editor (as David Yewdall)
Robert Nichols II .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Ted Allen .... special effects
Roy Arbogast .... special effects supervisor
Bob Dawson .... special effects
Elmer Hui .... special effects (as E. Hui)
Bill Lee .... special effects foreman
Kevin Quibell .... special effects
Mike Reedy .... special effects (as Michael Reedy)
David Simmons .... special effects (as David L. Simmons)
Dick Wood .... special effects (as Richard Wood)
Gary Zink .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Buff Brady .... stunts
David D. Darling .... stunts
Ted Duncan .... stunts
Tom Elliott .... stunts
Donna Evans .... stunts
Clifford Happy .... stunts
Robert Lee Harris .... stunts
Norman Howell .... stunts
Terry Leonard .... stunt coordinator
Mike H. McGaughy .... stunts
John Meier .... stunts
Conrad E. Palmisano .... stunts
Kerry Rossall .... stunts
Ben Scott .... stunts (as Ben R. Scott)
John-Clay Scott .... stunts
Dean Smith .... stunts
Dick Warlock .... stunts
Jim Wilkey .... stunts
Walter Wyatt .... stunts
Carey Loftin .... stunt driver (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Mike Amorelli .... set electrician (as Michael Amorelli)
Ralph Barone .... set electrician
Tom Barone .... electrical best boy (as Thomas R. Barone)
Russell Caldwell .... set electrician (as Ed Tobin)
David Canestro .... grip
James B. Crawford .... set electrician (as James Crawford)
Richard Dow .... grip
Kim Gottlieb .... still photographer (as Kim Gottlieb-Walker)
Richard Hartley .... set electrician (as Richard Hartley Jr.)
Gary Holt .... gaffer (as Gary H. Holt)
Bob E. Krattiger .... set electrician (as Robert Krattiger)
Michael Laws .... set electrician
Marc Margulies .... second assistant camera
Gary Parker .... dolly grip
Tony Rivetti .... first assistant camera (as Anthony J. Rivetti)
Chris Schwiebert .... camera operator
Alex Skvorzov .... electrical best boy
Calvin Sterry .... key grip (as Cal Sterry)
Louis Tobin .... gaffer (as Lou Tobin)
Joseph F. Valentine .... panaglide operator (as Joseph Valentine)
Clay H. Wilson .... second grip (as Clay Wilson)
Steve Wolfe .... set electrician
James B. Crawford .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Michael Laws .... lamp operator (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Annette Benson .... casting assistant
Janice Spitzer .... extras casting
Peter Spitzer .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dawn J. Jackson .... costumer: women (as Dawn Jackson)
Darryl Levine .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Virginia Katz .... assistant film editor
 
Location Management
Karlene Gallegly .... location manager
 
Music Department
William C. Carruth .... music editor (as William Carruth)
David Marsh .... music clearance
Michael Ochs .... music coordinator
John Beal .... composer: trailer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
George Alden .... driver
Ed Arter .... transportation captain
Steve Bonner .... driver: special equipment
E.O. Braden .... transportation co-captain
Gary Burch .... driver
Eddie Lee Voelker .... transportation coordinator
Gordon Wiles .... driver (as Gordon W. Wiles)
 
Other crew
Ellen Benjamin .... assistant: Mr. Carpenter
Shirley Bonner .... assistant: Mr. Kobritz
Bethany Brown .... assistant production accountant
Gary Burch .... mechanic
Maurice Costello .... first aid
Larry Hand .... production accountant
Jeffery House .... moldmaker (as Jeff House)
Kisuna Jacobsen .... script supervisor
Mary McKernan .... office assistant
Bridget Murphy .... production coordinator
Midge Ogle .... craft service
Carol Rosenthal .... production secretary
Richard Ruiz .... moldmaker
Rubin Saens .... custom body works
Peter J. Silbermann .... publicity coordinator
Eddie Lee Voelker .... coordinator: "Christine"
Caroline Paul .... stand in: Alexandra Paul (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Robert Dawn .... in memory of (as Bob Dawn)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"John Carpenter's Christine" - USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
110 min
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Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
To simulate the car regenerating itself, hydraulic pumps were installed on the inside of some of the film's numerous Plymouth Fury "stunt doubles", a mock-up in plastic that looked more like metal on camera than actual metal as it bent and deformed. These pumps were attached to cables, which were in turn attached to the cars' bodywork and when they compressed, they would "suck" the paneling inwards. Footage of the inward crumpling body was then reversed, giving the appearance of the car spontaneously retaking form.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Christine smashes into the silver Camaro at the gas station, the hood of the Camaro gets knocked off the hinges and twisted sideways. As Christine reverses and drags the Camaro backward, you can see down through the hood that the engine compartment is empty. Minus a transmission, as well.See more »
Quotes:
Arnie Cunningham:[after Leigh hits Christine's cushions in anger] No, no. Don't do that.
Leigh Cabot:What? You don't like me slapping your girl?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Cooties (2014)See more »
Soundtrack:
Beast Of BurdenSee more »

FAQ

How does the movie end?
Is 'Christine' based on a book?
Was Arnie driving Christine the whole time?
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93 out of 107 people found the following review useful.
Keith Gordan and John Stockwell shine in this classic horror movie, 14 November 2003
Author: Kristine (kristinedrama14@msn.com) from Chicago, Illinois

Ah, do I remember the day that I saw Christine, which is disturbing since I was only 6 years old, but my sister said "Do you wanna watch Christine?" and I was confused, my name is Kristine, but she told me about this little horror movie and thanks to her I couldn't go near our family car for a few months. This is a movie that has always stayed with me and still scares the heck out of me when I watch it in the dark. Who knew that even before taking a driver's ed class that cars could scare me? But this isn't just any ordinary car, this is a killer car! This is a car with ghosts in it and you wouldn't like them if you make them angry or try to take their owner away. Christine is the car that you definitely don't wanna mess with, otherwise you may have to face those bright lights and loud rock and roll music, what happens next, you may not wanna know.

Arnie Cunningham, a typical high school nerd with only one friend, a childhood companion named Dennis Guilder, a popular jock. Arnie's life begins to change when he discovers Christine, a red 1958 Plymouth Fury in serious need of repair. Arnie begins to restore Christine to her original beauty, but as he spends more and more of his time repairing her, those in his life notice that he is changing as well. Formerly shy, Arnie develops a cocky arrogance. Dennis, as well as Arnie's new girlfriend Leigh, discover that the car has a deadly past. The previous owner, Roland LeBay, became consumed with Christine and he paid for it with his life. Leigh and Dennis try to save Arnie from a similar fate. They realize that the only way to save Arnie is by destroying Christine. Christine, however, isn't ready to give up Arnie without a fight.

Christine is a classic horror movie that for me will always deliver on the good scares. I still have a hard time watching it. I think the scariest scene for me will always be the last scene where Leigh and Dennis face off with Christine and you see that Arnie just completely gone. I'm honestly shocked that Keith Gordon didn't continue on with his acting career, he just blew me away as Arnie, reading the book I couldn't picture anybody else. He's absolutely incredible. John Stockwell also pulls in a good solid performance as well. This is one of the rare horror movies that is over all very enjoyable and if it doesn't scare you, I still think you will like it, it has a great story and a very good cast and crew. I highly recommend that you see this movie if you get the chance, it's a classic.

8/10

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