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Arnie Cunningham is a typical high school nerd who is picked on, overruled by his parents, and has very few friends. Until he meets Christine, a run-down 1958 Plymouth Fury and buys her. Arnie learns that Christine has a thing for him and devotes his time to restoring her to mint condition. But overtime, Arnie begins to change and becomes disconnected with reality and his friends. Arnie's girlfriend Leigh and best friend Dennis find out that Christine's previous owner cared about nothing else when he bought her and find out that Arnie is becoming just like him. The only way they can bring Arnie back to reality is to destroy Christine, but Arnie and Christine are ready to destroy them first and any one else who gets in their way.
She'll possess you. Then destroy you. She's death on wheels. She's...
Also Known As:
John Carpenter's Christine
Release Date: December 09, 1983
Runtime: 110 mins
All Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
IMDB Rating: 6.4
Buried.com Rating: 7.4 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With C
MPAA Rating: R
Keith Gordon ...Arnie Cunningham
John Stockwell ...Dennis Guilder
Alexandra Paul ...Leigh Cabot
Robert Prosky ...Will Darnell
Harry Dean Stanton ...Detective Rudolph Junkins
Christine Belford ...Regina Cunningham
Roberts Blossom ...George LeBay
William Ostrander ...Buddy Repperton
David Spielberg ...Mr. Casey
Malcolm Danare ...Moochie Wells
Steven Tash ...Rich Cholony
Stuart Charno ...Don Vandenberg
Kelly Preston ...Roseanne
Marc Poppel ...Chuck
Robert Darnell ...Michael Cunningham
Richard Collier ...Pepper Boyd
Bruce French ...Mr. Smith
Douglas Warhit ...Bemis
Keri Montgomery ...Ellie
Jan Burrell ...Librarian
Charlie Steak ...Shoppie (as Charles Steak)
Mohhib Jivan ...Auto Shop Clerk
Daniel A. Lomino ...Liquor Store Clerk
John Richard Petersen ...High School Student
Barry Tubb ...Football Player
Larry J. Franco
"Bad To The Bone"
"Beast Of Burden"
"Come On, Let's Go"
"I Wonder Why"
"Little Bitty Pretty One"
"Not Fade Away"
"Pledging My Love"
More Movie Taglines:
- She'll possess you. Then destroy you. She's death on wheels. She's...
- Some Cars Are Born Bad.
- She's the Devil Incarnate. She's Christine. Body by Plymouth. Soul by Satan.
- Christine. The Devil's Car.
- Hell hath no Fury...like Christine.
- How do you kill something that can't possibly be alive?
- She was born bad. Plain and simple. Somewhere deep on a darkened assembly line. Christine. A '58 Plymouth Fury possessed by Hell. She's taken control of her teenage owner, Arnie. Her previous owner is not alive to warn him. And now she's steering straight for the one person in her way. Arnie's girlfriend, Leigh. The other woman.
- Leigh Cabot: God, I hate rock and roll.
Will Darnell: Ya know Pepper, ya can't polish a turd.
Rudolph Junkins: The kid's dead Arnie, they had to scrape his legs up with a shovel. Arnie Cunningham: Well, isn't that what you're supposed to do with shit? Scrape it up with a little shovel? Rudolph Junkins: Don't get smart with me, son.
George LeBay: Her name's Christine. Arnie Cunningham: I like that. Dennis Guilder: Come on Arnie, we gotta get goin', huh? George LeBay: My asshole brother bought her back in September '57. That's when you got your new model year, in September. Brand-new, she was. She had the smell of a brand-new car. That's just about the finest smell in the world, 'cept maybe for pussy.
Arnie Cunningham: Okay... show me.
- Christine was said to be a 1958 Plymouth Fury, which had similar panels and trim to the 1957 model. When the Fury name was introduced, it was essentially a sport and trim package on the Belvedere - notably two doors, gold anodized trim, gold grille and dual four-barrel carburetors. Christine, as shown in the movie, could have been any two door Belvedere with a 318 or 350 engine. Although over 5300 Furys - and far more Belvederes - were built in 1958, they have since become very rare and are now collector's items. There were 13 or 16 (depending on source) Belvederes/Furys smashed in the making of the movie (out of the roughly 25 used during filming), but it is unknown whether they were 1957 or 1958 models, or a combination. In any event, Plymouth enthusiasts were infuriated, although the movie popularized the car and probably saved many of them - in the same way that Back to the Future (1985) did for the DeLorean. In the original Stephen King book, the car had four doors but this was changed to a two-door model when it was realized that there never was a four-door 1958 Plymouth Fury. Although all 1958 Plymouth Furys had Buckskin Beige exterior paint and gold anodized aluminum side trim and grille, the book mentions that this particular car was custom ordered in Ford red.
Scott Baio was considered to play Arnie Cunningham and Brooke Shields was considered for Leigh Cabot. But the film makers involved all felt the movie would be better served by casting "unknowns".
Richard Kobritz, who had produced the film version of Stephen King's novel Salem's Lot (1979) (TV), was given some new unpublished manuscripts from King to consider for their next film adaptation. One was Christine (1983) and the other was Cujo (1983). Korbitz chose Christine because he thought Cujo was too silly...
Arnie's nemesis, Detective Rudolph Junkins, also drives a Plymouth Fury. The car Detective Rudolph Junkins is driving when he meets Arnie in the high-school parking lot is a 1977 or 1978 Plymouth Fury - a popular police car of the late 1970s.
To simulate the car regenerating itself, hydraulic pumps were installed on the inside of some of the film's numerous Plymouth Fury "stunt doubles", a mock-up in plastic that looked more like metal on camera than actual metal as it bent and deformed. These pumps were attached to cables, which were in turn attached to the cars' bodywork and when they compressed, they would "suck" the paneling inwards. Footage of the inward crumpling body was then reversed, giving the appearance of the car spontaneously retaking form.
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