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Christine (1983)

R | | Horror | 9 December 1983 (USA)
A nerdish boy buys a strange car with an evil mind of its own and his nature starts to change to reflect it.

Director:

John Carpenter

Writers:

Stephen King (novel), Bill Phillips (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Keith Gordon ... Arnie Cunningham
John Stockwell ... Dennis Guilder
Alexandra Paul ... Leigh Cabot
Robert Prosky ... Will Darnell
Harry Dean Stanton ... Detective Rudolph Junkins
Christine Belford ... Regina Cunningham
Roberts Blossom ... George LeBay
William Ostrander ... Buddy Repperton
David Spielberg ... Mr. Casey
Malcolm Danare ... Moochie
Steven Tash ... Rich
Stuart Charno ... Don Vandenberg
Kelly Preston ... Roseanne
Marc Poppel Marc Poppel ... Chuck
Robert Darnell Robert Darnell ... Michael Cunningham
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Storyline

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 its 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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Taglines:

Hell hath no Fury...like a 1958 Plymouth. See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 December 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

John Carpenter's Christine See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,408,000, 11 December 1983, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$21,200,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Dennis's ride was a 1968 Dodge Charger 440. See more »

Goofs

At the the end of the film, Dennis uses the Caterpillar tractor to ram Christine. He also immobilizes the car by dropping the teeth of the loading bucket into the roof. Then we see close-ups of the car repairing itself completely. The next shot, just before the tractor starts to crush the car, shows the car in its previous smashed-up condition again. See more »

Quotes

Will Darnell: Ya know Pepper, ya can't polish a turd.
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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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Little Bitty Pretty One
Written by Bobby Day
Performed by Thurston Harris
Courtesy of Liberty Records
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User Reviews

 
A Movie Any True Car Lover Can Appreciate
1 February 2005 | by VALGAL69auSee all my reviews

There are no words that can truly describe the power and passion of Christine.

Anyone who owns an older car will be able to associate with the obsession that takes over nerdish Arnie's life when he restores Christine, the beautiful Plymouth Fury.

John Carpenter's excellent directing brings the car to life to such a point where as you're watching, you become so entranced that you forget she isn't alive.

The actors are well chosen for the roles they play, and give excellent performances. This, accompanied by excellent photography, special effects, timing and musical score make Christine a definite must-see movie.

Please Note: The Australian TV edit cuts out some of the best scenes, so this movie is best seen on DVD or video.


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