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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.

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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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How do you kill something that can't possibly be alive? See more »

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9 December 1983 (USA)  »

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John Carpenter's Christine  »

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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Keith Gordon (who plays Arnie) says on a DVD extra that he pretended the car was a woman, so wherever he touched the car, he imagined which part of a woman the car was. See more »

Goofs

The first car in the assembly line has a bent grille (two grille bars are bent next to the left headlight), revealing that the car is old. See more »

Quotes

Arnie Cunningham: [commenting on the altercation with Repperton] All in all, it wasn't a bad first day.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits when the titles are appearing, Christine's engine can be heard. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Harlem Nocturne
Written by Earle Hagen
Performed by The Viscounts
Courtesy of Arista Records, Inc.
Shapiro Bernstein & Co.
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Gotta love it
2 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. I had read the book and loved it, so therefor I was reluctant to see the movie. I didn't want to see the big screen dishonor the book in any way. But, as it happens, I loved it! A lot of people would say "This is a horror, it's supposed to be scary!!" And a lot of people are right in this regard, it wasn't very scary at all. At least to me. But...the way Arnie turns from such a geek to a cool, tough, bad-ass was pretty awesome. Also I liked the depth of all the characers relationships with one another. It definately stirred some serious emotions when Buddy and his goons tore up Christine. Most of all though, I think the car herself was what made the movie as good as it is. Just the style and freshness of the '58 Plymouth Fury kicked ass. If you're reading reviews (like this one) trying to decide if you even want to see it, I say go for it. What have you got to lose, after all? The hour and a half you would be spending trying to find a review for a movie you decide to see, you could have already watched Christine. That's my advice.


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