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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 (based upon the novel by), Bill Phillips (screenplay by)
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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 ... 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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Once she lures you behind her wheel...You're all hers. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Dennis' car is a 1968 Dodge Charger 440. See more »

Goofs

At the gas station that explodes, a car is lifted high in the left service bay, but is down on the floor when the building explodes. To try and fix this continuity error, a quick close-up shows the controls for the right bay's lift as Christine shoves the Camaro inside the right bay, smashing those controls. This should have no effect on the left lift (each lift is completely independent for safety), yet two quick close-ups (of the blonde guy, then his feet) show the car on the left is now coming down. But long before it could have traveled all the way down, the next shot is from outside as the building explodes with the car firmly on the floor. See more »

Quotes

Rudolph Junkins: The kid was cut in half Arnie, they had to scrape his legs up with a shovel.
Arnie Cunningham: Well, isn't that what you're supposed to do with shit? Scrape it up with a little shovel?
Rudolph Junkins: Don't get smart with me, son. Your girlfriend is a hell of a lot more convincing than you are.
Arnie Cunningham: [laughs] She's not my girlfriend. And since when is it against the law to fix up your own car when somebody else busts it up, huh?
Rudolph Junkins: ...since never.
Arnie Cunningham: Then you get off my back.
Rudolph Junkins: [pause] Okay.
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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

CBS edited 15 minutes from this film for its 1987 network television premiere. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Ready Player One (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Bad To The Bone
Written by George Thorogood
Performed by George Thorogood & The Destroyers (as George Thorogood and The Destroyers)
Courtesy of EMI America Records
Delsound Music
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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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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:

$3,408,904, 11 December 1983

Gross USA:

$21,017,849

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,017,849
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Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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