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Christine (1983)

R | | Horror | 9 December 1983 (USA)
A nerdish boy buys a strange car with an evil mind of its own and his nature starts to change to reflect it.

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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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She'll possess you. Then destroy you. She's death on wheels. She's... See more »

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9 December 1983 (USA)  »

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John Carpenter's Christine  »

Box Office

Budget:

$9,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,408,000 (USA) (11 December 1983)

Gross:

$21,200,000 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Christine lives on with fans of the movie: there are 2 clubs for fans who own Christine clones. And the Carlisle Chrysler Nationals gives an award every year to the best Christine look-a-like. See more »

Goofs

In the drive-in scene when Leigh darts from the car out into the pouring rain, her hair is already soaked. In the previous shot inside the car, it was dry. See more »

Quotes

[after Christine is completely wrecked]
Arnie Cunningham: It's your fault. If you hadn't been so damned selfish you wouldn't let me park my own car, in your precious driveway, this never would have happened.
Regina Cunningham: Arnie, that's not fair.
Arnie Cunningham: Oh, it's fair.
Regina Cunningham: Can't we even talk about this like rational human beings?
Arnie Cunningham: One of them took a shit on the dashboard of my car, mom! Now, how's that for rational, huh?
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in Supernatural: Defending Your Life (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Rock And Roll Is Here To Stay
Written by Dave White
Performed by Danny and the Juniors
Courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
Singular Publishing Co., Inc. & Golden Egg Music, Inc.
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Christine: She's a Killer
14 January 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is a magnificent movie on the theme of Demonic Possession.

John Carpenter actually IMPROVES on Stephen King's horror story, wherein the car is driven by the ghost of a Vietnam vet. For Carpenter, Christine (a murderously beautiful '58 Plymouth Fury) is a sentient machine, an incarnation of the spirit of the Fifties - complete with a car radio which will only tune to Rock'n'Roll music - great music!

Arnie Cunningham is an insecure but oddly gifted and sensitive kid who is gradually possessed by the car he loves - and actually thinks he can own.

The scenes where Christine comes to life are utterly believable -- you will be awestruck by the perfection of the seemingly impossible.

Anyone crazy enough to attack Christine has a terrible awakening coming. The scenes where the - Furious - car hunts people down are absolutely terrifying -- and completely believable.

Ever since I saw "Christine" in 1983, my surroundings have resonated with eerie sharp metallic "clicks" just like those in "Christine." Others have noticed them too, and they can be tape-recorded (unlike hallucinations!). COGNITIVE HEALTH WARNING!!!

"Christine" is one of the all-time great movies. Better than sex!

Our gratitude goes to John Carpenter for his integrity. The crew wrecked 17 priceless Plymouth Furies in making the film (Christine is in fact a re-badged Plymouth Belvedere, I'm told).

Tony Hollick (who usually drives a shadow silver-Gray 1987 Ford Capri 2.8i Injection Special named "Tru" (after "Tru Calling").

www.Agora.demon.co.UK


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