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Christine (1983)

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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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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 »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Det. Junkins, Arnie, and Dennis all drive Mopars. An acronym for Chrysler's "MOtorPARts". Chrysler Corporation (now FCA Automobiles since October 2014) used the term Mopar since the 1920s but became a brand since 1937 - it has became the default term for any Chrysler Corporation (FCA Automobiles) product (Chrysler, Dodge, Plymouth, DeSoto, Imperial (considered as the original core divisions inclusive of Jeeps, Fiats, and Eagles (Chrysler Corporation absorbed the former American Motors Corporation (AMC/Jeep) after Renault divested its shares where the Jeep/Eagle Division was formed after the AMC buyout (at the time American Motors and Jeep automobiles had the Chrysler TorqueFlite transmission used with their respective powertrains including those sourced from GM), not to mention Ram Trucks (spun off from the Dodge division in 2009) and Fiat (which in 2009 invested a 20% share with the Chrysler Group LLC that evolved into the modern day FCA Automobiles). 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

Buddy Repperton: I'll fix you... you're gonna wish you were never fucking born!
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Crazy Credits

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

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Soundtracks

We Belong Together
Written by Robert Carr, Johnny Mitchell and Hy Weiss
Performed by Robert & Johnny
Courtesy of Old Town Records
Big Seven Music Corp. & Maureen Music, Inc.
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Hell hath no fury like a Fury scorned...
14 April 2006 | by Jonny_NumbSee all my reviews

For my Smart Money, "Christine" is one of John Carpenter's most underrated efforts (up there with "Assault on Precinct 13"), and also one of his most effective. Even though its modest look and relative restraint in gore came as a result of "The Thing"'s box-office failure the previous year, and Carpenter has all but admitted his heart wasn't in the project, it ultimately turned out VERY well (if this is an effort from a sleepwalking Carpenter, he's better than most directors when they're awake). As someone who was knocked out by Rob Bottin's intricately gruesome FX work in "The Thing," but left cold by the shallow characters, "Christine" fills in the gaps of suspense and human story with ease. In retrospect, some of the absurd plot elements ("a haunted car," as Carpenter constantly reiterates) lends the film an odd humor that doesn't detract from things (and indeed, it was Stephen King's own infatuation with cars and rock music that inspired this story of obsession). Scenes are composed with great skill by Carpenter (making wonderful use of the widescreen image), and there are many striking images sprinkled throughout (the most incredible being the flaming Christine speeding after a villain). The excellent cast gives their all in making a potential B-movie premise glow with A-list polish: Keith Gordon's Arnie (the painfully square high-school senior who buys the titular vehicle), John Stockwell's Dennis (the resourceful jock and best friend), Alexandra Paul's Leigh (the earthy girlfriend who sparks Christine's jealousy), and Harry Dean Stanton's Junkins (the snooping P.I.) provide this tale with a lot of propulsive force. In a sense, "Christine" is a nice even ground between the zaniness of "Escape from New York" and the FX extremes of "The Thing," and exemplifies Carpenter's range as a director. A very underrated effort that is very much worth your time.


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