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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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She was born bad. Plain and simple. Somewhere deep on a darkened assembly line. Christine. A '58 Plymouth Fury possessed by Hell. She's taken control of her teenage owner, Arnie. Her previous owner is not alive to warn him. And now she's steering straight for the one person in her way. Arnie's girlfriend, Leigh. The other woman. See more »

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Horror

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Release Date:

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

William Ostrander (Buddy Repperton) and Stephen King share the same birthday, September 21st. See more »

Goofs

On Thanksgiving Day, November 23, 1978, we see the Oakland Raiders playing a football game on the television set in Dennis's hospital room. In reality, the Raiders did not play on that day. The two NFL games that were played that day were: Denver Broncos vs. Detroit Lions and Washington Redskins vs. Dallas Cowboys. See more »

Quotes

Arnie Cunningham: [after taking hands off the steering wheel at high speed, realizing that Dennis is panicking] Don't be scared.
Dennis Guilder: [Voice begins to crack and mildly begins crying] I'm scared for *you*, man, for what's happened to you. It's this fucking car!
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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 Ban the Sadist Videos! Part 2 (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Not Fade Away
Written by Buddy Holly and Norman Petty
Performed by Tanya Tucker
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
MPI Communications, Inc. & Wren Music Co.
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I don't know if anyone has mentioned this before, but the 50s music was interesting in that most of it came from artists who suffered untimely, tragic deaths....Buddy Holly and Richie Valens of course were killed in a plane crash at the height of their careers...Johnny Ace ("Pledging My Love") died playing Russian Roulette with a pistol....Larry Williams ("Bony Maronie") was killed in 1980 by a gunshot wound to the head; he had been involved with drug dealing for years and it was thought to be a gang execution....I think Dion was still alive at the time this movie was made("I Wonder Why"); I'm not sure about the rest of the Belmonts....


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