Christine

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The cracks are starting to show in John Carpenter's directorial instincts, but Christine is nonetheless silly, zippy fun.

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Unpopular nerd Arnie Cunningham (Keith Gordon) buys a 1958 Plymouth Fury, which he names Christine. Arnie develops an unhealthy obsession with the car, to the alarm of his jock friend, Dennis Guilder (John Stockwell). After bully Buddy Repperton (William Ostrander) defaces Christine, the auto restores itself to perfect condition and begins killing off Buddy and his friends. Determined to stop the deaths, Dennis and Arnie's girlfriend, Leigh Cabot (Alexandra Paul), decide to destroy Christine.

Cast & Crew

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
Malcolm Danare
Moochie Wells
Kirby McCauley
Executive Producer
Mark Tarlov
Executive Producer
Donald M. Morgan
Cinematographer
John Carpenter
Original Music
Alan Howarth
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Critic Reviews for Christine

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (9)

  • Between the smartest effects and Gordon's canny performance, [Christine] is more diverting than the material probably deserves.

    January 29, 2019 | Full Review…
  • This deja vu premise [from the novel by Stephen King] combined with the crazed vehicle format, makes Christine appear pretty shop-worn.

    September 24, 2007 | Full Review…

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  • Carpenter's thematic self-consciousness can't entirely overcome a shaky dramatic structure that sacrifices character logic to increasingly meaningless thrills.

    September 24, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Off the page, a 1958 Plymouth is no more scary than the St Bernard which romped through Cujo.

    February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
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  • This is the kind of movie where you walk out with a silly grin, get in your car, and lay rubber halfway down the Eisenhower.

    October 23, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Only a moderately engrossing film.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for Christine

  • Sep 11, 2016
    The few changes made in the original story only weakens this flawed adaptation and makes its premise seem even more ludicrous than it already is, but at least all this is compensated well enough by the movie's style, expert editing and Carpenter's firm direction.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 03, 2016
    An overrated Stephen King adaptation, but most certainly not a bad one. Worth watching for the self-repairing car effects alone.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 15, 2014
    From John Carpenter comes the frightening horror classic Christine. Based on a Stephen King novel, the story follows a teenager who buys and rebuilds a broken down '58 Plymouth Fury named "Christine" that has a nefarious history, and it soon starts to work its will on its new owner. Carpenter's directing is especially good, particular in how he makes the car a character and gives it personality. And the soundtrack and score do an incredible job at setting a lighthearted but sinister tone for the film. Though it's a little campy at times, Christine is entertaining and delivers some fun scares.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 05, 2013
    Viewing this film against the book is quite unfair. John carpenter does well with what sounds like a complete joke on paper. The concept as a whole probably would be laughed at if pitched to a studio but through Stephen king in the mix and you have an interesting concept with character development. The film is well cast with a no name list who dive into some interesting roles. Christine is basically a character in her right and its the menace created by the production that excels. John carpenter was well into he's high standards at this point and time. The film is given much needed seriousness due to the concept. He wasn't the master of horror for no reason, this film showcases he's talent as a visionary director. Not without its flaws no doubtable pacing but its well crafted and far more deserving then most king adaptions. This is the attention required to give Stephen king books an adaption worthwhile. 15/05/2019
    Brendan N Super Reviewer

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