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Christine (2016)

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The story of Christine Chubbuck, a 1970s TV reporter struggling with depression and professional frustrations as she tries to advance her career.

Director:

Antonio Campos

Writer:

Craig Shilowich
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rebecca Hall ... Christine
Michael C. Hall ... George
Tracy Letts ... Michael
Maria Dizzia ... Jean
J. Smith-Cameron ... Peg
Timothy Simons ... Steve (as Tim Simons)
Kim Shaw ... Andrea
John Cullum ... Bob Andersen
Morgan Spector ... Doctor Parsons
Jayson Warner Smith ... Mitch
Kimberley Drummond ... Gail
Lindsay Ayliffe ... Capt. Frank Basil
Susan Pourfar ... Miranda
Rachel Hendrix ... Crystal
David Foster David Foster ... Bandaged Man
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The story of Christine Chubbuck, a 1970s TV reporter struggling with depression and professional frustrations as she tries to advance her career.

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The shocking true story that changed the face of television.

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Rated R for a scene of disturbing violence and for language including some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The film's warm 'yellow' tinge and muted coloration was a trend in the 1970's. Because Christine takes place in the early Seventies this effect was chosen on purpose to make the film appear more authentic. This effect used to be naturally caused by lighting and the type of film stock used (often Ektachrome, a popular Kodak 16mm stock), but in the digital age the effect is usually added in after filming by using computer filters and overlays to create a nostalgic "vintage" look. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the film, a character turns on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" - the theme song is playing and the lyrics say "you might just make it after all". This movie takes place in 1974. MTM Show ran from 1970-1977 - by 1974 they would have been using the theme song that goes "you're gonna make it after all". See more »

Quotes

Christine: Have you even seen the flowers Gail has put out for us? They're *fake*, Mike. Just *fake*. Sums up the whole operation!
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Crazy Credits

The credits don't roll, but are in still form. See more »

Connections

Featured in Film 2017: Episode #46.2 (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Is All Around
Written by Sonny Curtis
Performed by Sonny Curtis
Published by EMI Blackwood Music Inc.
Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
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the latest in blood and guts
3 November 2016 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. On July 15, 1974, television news reporter Christine Chubbuck read a prepared statement and then committed suicide on-air by putting a gun to her head and pulling the trigger. You may not recognize her name, but you have likely heard the story … it's no urban legend. Director Antonio Campos and writer Craig Shilowich offer up a biopic with some insight into Ms. Chubbuck's personal and professional life so that we might better understand what drove her to such a public and tragic end.

Rebecca Hall takes on the titular role (don't mistake this for the 1983 John Carpenter/Stephen King film), and despite her usual stilted on screen mannerisms, she delivers what is an emotionally raw and nuanced performance that is the best of her career … and one that keeps us glued to a story of which we already know the ending. We see a woman dedicated to her vision of the profession, while being maddening to those who know her, love her, and work with her. She has an awkward intensity that compounds her lack of social skills and an ongoing struggle with depression. Somehow, Ms. Hall allows us to understand the personal and professional struggles and how things could have spiraled into hopelessness for Christine.

The commentary on the early days of tabloid journalism ("If it bleeds, it leads") is especially interesting given how the current Presidential campaigns have been covered more than 40 years after the film is set. One might also note the parallels to the character of Howard Beale in Network (1976) … though Christine Chubbuck was less vociferous and never took to yelling "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore" while on camera (though she evidently felt that way).

Support work comes from Tracy Letts as the frustrated news director, Michael C Hall as the mixed-signals anchorman on whom Christine has a quiet crush, J. Smith-Cameron as her mother and housemate, Maria Dizzia as her friend and co-worker, and Timothy Simons as the misunderstood and ignored weatherman.

The film clearly makes the point that Christine was a misfit in her work and personal life, and though some of the timeline and known specifics are either re-worked or ignored for artistic purposes, Ms. Hall must be commended for highlighting the effects of depression. Even the best meaning friends and family can unintentionally make things worse. We see a clip of Walter Cronkite's actual report of her death, and Christine's own words – "The latest in blood and guts" – were actually ahead of her time.


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Language:

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Release Date:

14 October 2016 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$13,384, 16 October 2016

Gross USA:

$298,525

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$313,465
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