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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Arnie Cunningham
... Dennis Guilder
... Leigh Cabot
... Will Darnell
... Detective Rudolph Junkins
... Regina Cunningham
... George LeBay
... Buddy Repperton
... Mr. Casey
... Moochie
... Rich
... Don Vandenberg
... Roseanne
Marc Poppel ... Chuck
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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How do you kill something that can't possibly be alive? See more »

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9 December 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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

As a joke, Alexandra Paul's twin sister, Caroline Paul, stood in for her during some scenes, most notably the ride on the bulldozer. See more »

Goofs

When Arnie brings Christine home to get his parents to register the car in their name, Arnie's mother is standing against the kitchen sink, holding a cigarette which switches hands between shots. See more »

Quotes

Will Darnell: Look... uhhh... I know you don't exactly have money falling out of your asshole. If you did, you wouldn't be here.
[pauses]
Will Darnell: Maybe we can work out some kind of deal... Why don't you sweep up around the place... do a few lubes... put the toilet paper on the little spools, shit like that. Do that and you can raid my junk pile for whatever you want. I might even throw in a few bucks.
Arnie Cunningham: Well, I'll have to think about it.
Will Darnell: Well, don't think about it too long, I'll throw you out on your fuckin' ass!
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Featured in Hollywood's Top Ten: Stephen King Movies (2011) 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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Don't Mess With Christine!
20 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

I'm not particularly a fan of horror movies and I couldn't fix an ailing automobile if my life depended on it so the workings of cars don't fascinate me.....but this movie fascinated me. The '58 Plymouth Fury, alias "Christine," is absolutely gorgeous. What a piece of machinery!

This is a horror story but there are no ghosts or monsters nor is there any gore. A car is the star of the film, a very jealous and vengeful one at that. Man, that sounds silly but, if you're reading this you have probably watched the movie so no sense going into details. It's hard to describe the story in a paragraph without it sounding stupid....but it's not. Maybe the quickest way to explain it is that it is about a car that is alive, like a human, and you mess with it, you pay!

It is definitely one creepy, well-made, unique and always-entertaining film.

The car is a lot better than any of the people, sad to say. No, I didn't like any of the kids in this film (high schoolers who all look 30 years old!) and the language is a little too rough in spots, but that can be filtered out.

The car, the '50s music, the unique story, the satisfying revenge angle all make this very watchable.


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