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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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Hell hath no Fury...like a 1958 Plymouth. 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

To simulate the car regenerating itself, hydraulic pumps were installed on the inside of some of the film's numerous Plymouth Fury "stunt doubles", a mock-up in plastic that looked more like metal on camera than actual metal as it bent and deformed. These pumps were attached to cables, which were in turn attached to the cars' bodywork and when they compressed, they would "suck" the paneling inwards. Footage of the inward crumpling body was then reversed, giving the appearance of the car spontaneously retaking form. See more »

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The odometer running backwards was intended. Christine was getting younger as the movie progressed ultimately being reborn when the odometer zeros out. See more »

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Leigh Cabot: [Last line of the film] God, I hate rock and roll.
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

There was a home video release during the 1980s that was an extended cut which included many of the deleted scenes found on the Special Edition DVD. See more »

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Bad To The Bone
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Not Carpenter's best, but pretty good
28 June 2004 | by TBJCSKCNRRQTreviewsSee all my reviews

Let me make this clear right away: I haven't read the book, nor do I intend to. You won't find any comparisons between the book and the film in this review. This film combines two of the biggest names in horror from two different medias; Stephen King is pretty much legendary for his written horror work. John Carpenter is also a pretty well-known name, but as a horror director rather than writer. Having not read the book, I have no idea how true Carpenter stayed to the source material, but I can understand from various sources that he changed a lot, and the changes were very big, so fans of the book might not like the movie. Whenever I hear about a film being made that is based on a King novel my response is usually that of someone who lacks any interest in it whatsoever. When I hear that it's directed by John Carpenter, one of my favorite directors, particularly within the horror genre, I develop an interest. Carpenter does a great job of turning something as potentially lame and goofy as a possessed car into something that you really fear. I was at the edge of my seat for a lot of the scenes, and I jumped at several shocking moments. The story revolves around a nerd buying a car, and the car significantly changing his personality. He changes enormously throughout the film, and I must say, the actor does a great job of capturing the emotion of the character. The plot is great, it doesn't move along very fast, but rather deliberately slow, building up atmosphere, building to a climax that is every bit as exciting as the build-up promises. The acting is great, especially by Keith Gordon, who portrays the nerd-like Arnie, who buys the demonic car. The film has pretty much the same sense of humor that Carpenter's films usually have, albeit slightly less of it is present than in several of his others, less serious films. The special effects are very good, they are almost impossible to tell. Had I not known better, I could have sworn that they were real. They probably could be more well-made had they been done today, but I still think it's amazing how real they look. They don't look the least bit dated. All in all, a good Carpenter film that probably won't be to everyones liking. I recommend it to fans of Carpenter, and fans of atmospheric horror films in general. 7/10


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