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


Antonio Campos


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
Kim Shaw ... Andrea
John Cullum ... Bob Anderson
Morgan Spector ... Doctor Parsons
Jayson Warner Smith ... Mitch
Kimberley Drummond ... Gail
Lindsay Ayliffe ... Capt. Frank Basil
Susan Pourfar Susan Pourfar ... Miranda
Rachel Hendrix ... Crystal
David Foster David Foster ... Bandaged Man


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.


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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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


Peg: Christine, you're not getting into one of your moods again, are you?
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Crazy Credits

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


Tighter, Tighter
Written by Tommy James, Robert King
Performed by Alive N Kickin
Published by EMI Longitude Music
Courtesy of Rhino Entertainment Company/Roulette Records
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Interesting and heartfelt film
9 June 2019 | by bbewnyloracSee all my reviews

I could only bring myself to watch the first half of this film - I know the ending and it's too disturbing. But the movie has a lot going for it. Chiefly, the writers seek to understand and empathise with Christine, the young journalist on a small town TV news program. She's very intelligent, capable, sensitive and outspoken. But she's a misfit, unable to connect to others, and worried about her love life. There doesn't seem to be an answer to this problem, so maybe that's where her despair comes from. As Christine, Rebecca Hall is excellent. She immerses herself in this world. She is far from the glamorous TV reporter and her problems are real problems, not superficial stuff. The movie has a washed out look - a yellow tinge that gives it an other-worldly vibe. It reminds us what a different world the mid-70s were, with political and social turbulence, changing gender roles, and primitive technology, compared to today. I like how everyone in the movie seems to be muddling through life. Christine's news editor seems a bit gruff but he's not evil. He's under a lot of pressure because the news program isn't doing so well. It will probably always be a mystery about why someone would act like Christine did in the end. But it's worthwhile exploring her mindset. And good on the producers for making a film about a complex, intelligent young woman who's not a Barbie doll.

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Release Date:

14 October 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Christine See more »

Filming Locations:

Georgia, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,384, 16 October 2016

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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