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Director:
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:
When Complusion Leads To Obsession See more (212 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 .... sound re-recording mixer
Steve Maslow .... sound 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 .... sound re-recording mixer
David Lewis Yewdall .... supervising sound editor (as David Yewdall)
 
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
 
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
 
Music Department
William C. Carruth .... music editor (as William Carruth)
David Marsh .... music clearance
Michael Ochs .... music coordinator
 
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
Karlene Gallegly .... location manager
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"
 
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:
According to Bill Phillips in the DVD Documentary, Robert Prosky (Will Darnell) asked Phillips to give him more dialog to make his character more interesting. Prosky cited the scene in the novel where Darnell offers Arnie a job, particularly the line "You can pick up around the place. Do a few lubes. And put the toilet paper on the spools...". So Phillips added the scene to the script, keeping the dialogue almost verbatim from the novel.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Towards the end of the film Dennis, who is on crutches and can hardly walk, gets into Darnell's garage through a window. After he drops in, he clearly runs to the door to let Leigh inside.See more »
Quotes:
Bemis:She smiled at me. I want to have deep, meaningful sex with her.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
The Name Of The GameSee more »

FAQ

Was Arnie driving Christine the whole time?
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Is 'Christine' based on a book?
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44 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
When Complusion Leads To Obsession, 7 April 2005

Remember when you were young and movies where your only friend? Well such is a case in point when it comes to John Carpenter's "Christine" Now as a rule, and a longstanding one at that, I could never read a Stephen King novel but i could always find time to watch an adaptation of the same, if and when it either came to video as was the thing before the wonders of DVD or if it arrived at the local cinema.

My personal highlights from the Stephen King Oeuvre are "Silver Bullet" if only to see the likes of Gary Busey and Everitt McGill ham it up beyond the call of duty. Stanley Kubrick's version of "The Shining" complete with a knockout performance from the maestro of barnstorming himself Mr Jack Nicholson, as we already know there have been so many translations from page to screen of everything and anything the king of horror writing has penned some good, some not so good.

However, when it comes to "Christine" it was pitch perfect in every way, shape and form. Directed by John Carpenter, who has been hit and miss down through the years. A wonderful array of golden oldie classics playing throughout the movie itself, a truly wonderful script written by Bill Phillips, containing many a gem which still lingers in the mind even to this day.

Which leads me finally to the actors, casting down to a tee, and as i said ably assisted by a good script, well drawn characters, of course from the mind of Stephen King, but brought to vivid life by the likes of Robert Prosky who appears as the junkyard owner Will Darnell, a true standout in the whole movie. Why even Roberts Blossom, think all the way back to Bob Clarks's take on Ed Gein "Deranged" the man still lends a sense of deadly menace to his character, even though his role is primarily a cameo role but in fairness quite pivotal in terms of progressing the story.

However, those two being character parts, we need to see the story unfolds. We begin in prologue fashion, as we see upon fade in, superimposed, the year is 1957, We see a car assembly line, all the new cars are being overseen and given the once over by the foreman, from a distance we get our first glance of how beautiful and intoxicating "Christine" the car is to look at.

Of course that illusion is soon shattered when firstly a foreman shatters his hand, then one of the workers decides to take a little rest and relaxation in the front seat, all the while smoking his cigar, when ash from the cigar drops onto the plastic covering, so it begins, and the true nature of "Christine is revealed.

Flash forward to present day and we see Arnie Cunningham the nerdish lead character played with aplomb by Keith Gordon, who would later go on to direct the really excellent "The Chocolate War" as well as many more. However when it comes to acting, Keith Gordon would never better what he had done prior to this or even after.

We have all at one point, either been or have known someone like Arnie Cunningham, perennial book worm, not exactly a ladies man, but when he catches first glimpse of the wreck that will forever alter his very being, It is at that point we see that compulsion leads to obsession when Arnie falls under the spell of that 1958 Plymouth Fury.

Watch as Arnie emerges from his shell, argues with his parents, something that he would never have done or even finds his first and last girlfriend. All this achieved upon the influence and presence of what would appear to be a car, but for teenager Arnie, it represents his first steps towards independence, but underneath the surface of it all we already know the motive and inevitable end.

With wonderful turns by William Ostrader as chief bully Buddy Reperton and Malcolm Danare as Moochie, along with John Stockwell as Arnie's only friend Dennis and Alexandra Paul long before she donned the lifeguard bikini for Baywatch as Arnie's suffering girlfriend Lee.

Watch and be amazed, time has not taken it's toll on John Carpenter's finest hour.

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