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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
5 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Κριστίν See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,418, 16 October 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$298,484, 6 January 2017
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Production Co:

BorderLine Films,Fresh Jade See more »
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Two issues not mentioned in this film but which were mentioned by her family and in news articles about the real-life Christine Chubbuck are that she had been in love earlier on in an older location before moving to Sarasota (the man she loved had died and this further heightened her depression), and that the character Jean from the film, who is portrayed as the closest thing Christine has to a true friend, was actually Andrea in real life. George in real life had also verbally rejected Christine's romantic advances and this was discussed in the documentary Kate Plays Christine released in 2016. Although the film Christine doesn't bring up George's rejection or the deceased boyfriend, it does mention Christine being told by Bob Anderson that George is in fact going to Baltimore with Andrea and that the two are "together". See more »

Goofs

The Sony television in Christine and her mom's living room is a model clearly from no earlier than the late 1970s. See more »

Quotes

Christine: Maybe you should film the chickens having SEX so we can see how the eggs are REALLY made!
[laughs nervously]
Christine: uh, I'm just joking, just joking...
Chicken Lady: [giggling] Ooh, I've seen it, and it ain't pretty!
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Crazy Credits

End credits end in a white screen with a beep tone. See more »

Connections

References Sunset Blvd. (1950) See more »

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Laughing
Written by Randy Bachman, Burton Cummings
Performed by The Guess Who
Published by BMG Bumblebee on behalf of Shillelagh Music
Care of BMG Rights Management (US) LLC
Courtesy of RCA Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Excellent
22 September 2016 | by LR AlbrightSee all my reviews

Most people who have ever heard of Christine Chubbuck already know how her story ends; She's been attributed to glimpsing into the future of television journalism with her final statement, the story turning into a morbid urban legend in the over forty years since the incident occurred. I admit, the first time I heard the story almost ten years ago, it sounded so bizarre, I almost couldn't believe it.

Christine sets out to humanize Christine Chubbuck, and elicit empathy from an audience that might already see her as someone who is monstrous. Yet, somehow, the movie accomplishes it's goal, giving her humanity that was lost in the headlines. Much of that credit is due to Rebecca Hall who transformed herself completely, throwing herself into the role so thoroughly that it's almost frightening.

The first time we see Christine she is filming herself doing a mock interview, and then later on, we see Christine examining every little gesture, picking herself apart in order to remake herself into something better to gain that elusive feeling of perfection, yet no matter how many times she's assured by Jean Reed (Maria Dizzia), the only person at WZRB that could probably be considered a friend, there's still that look of dissatisfaction with herself etched on her face.

It's been written that Christine Chubbuck used to give puppet shows to mentally challenged children so the screenwriter incorporated that into the film, but it's utilized as little glimpses of what she's thinking: 'Be Bold, Be Brave' she tells them, a fairly innocuous phrase, but for the viewer who knows what's to come later on, it has chilling connotations.

The moment that made Christine Chubbuck famous is shown in all of it's brutal and devastating impact. The film even shows her mother watching as it all unfolds. I don't know if Christine Chubbuck's mother, Peg, was actually watching the day Christine did what she did, but the possibility of that actually occurring, is heartbreaking.

It's a testament to the filmmakers that, though Christine can often come across as incredibly difficult and unlikable, the audience still has a great deal of empathy for her. Yes, she has fights with her boss about 'blood and guts' television, and her mother about the state of her life, but it's carefully contrasted with moments of quiet desperation, like the sequence when the head news anchor, George (Michael C. Hall), takes her to a transactional analysis meeting where they play a game of 'Yes, but…" and Christine slowly reveals the things that she feels make her life impossible to live.

Overall, Christine is a portrait of a woman desperately trying to make something of herself but because of a chemical imbalance, she can't seem to sync with the people and world around her. Anchored by Rebecca Hall who gives an Oscar-worthy turn, Christine is also supported by an excellent supporting cast (Maria Dizzia and J. Smith Cameron in particular), strong direction and an incisive script. Highly recommended.


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