Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Released 1983


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John Carpenter
Christine is a horror film directed by John Carpenter based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King that follows a menacing car with a mind of its own as it fights to keep its new owner, Arnie Cunningham (Keith Gordon), all to itself. From its construction on the assembly line, this 1958 Plymouth Fury has been a danger as a worker dies after damaging the interior and another broke his hand while working on the hood. Despite that, the temperamental car makes its way to Arnie, a rather nerdy high schooler who begins to bring the old car back to its shining glory. As Christine begins to shine, Arnie slowly begins to change as well. The shy kid with one friend becomes arrogant and cocky while also gaining a beautiful girlfriend, Leigh Cabot (Alexandra Paul). When Christine is vandalized by a group of bullies, Arnie discovers that his car seemingly has the ability to repair herself no matter the damage. With the newly revealed abilities, Christine begins to kill all of the people who have tried to destroy it and Arnie.moreless


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  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Christine is, of course, utterly ridiculous. But I enjoyed it anyway. The movies have a love affair with cars, and at some dumb elemental level we enjoy seeing chases and crashes. ...

  • 63

    Miami Herald Bill Cosford

    The story may be slim, but Carpenter deserves some credit. He makes more of the car-as-villain than one might expect, largely by filming the Plymouth in high style. [10 Dec 1983, p...

  • 50

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Jay Scott

    When Christine's on the warpath, she foams at the grille. But her movie doesn't do right by her snottiness. Her movie, never scary but campily entertaining for about an hour, loses...

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