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

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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
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John Carpenter
Original Music
Alan Howarth
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Critic Reviews for Christine

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  • Apr 09, 2021
    Whether or not the movie is "scary" in a traditional sense is sort of a fruitless discussion because I don't think that's the kind of movie Carpenter was making. This is a fascinating and bold exercise in anti-nostalgia made during a time when a lot of American films were looking back to the 1950s with rose-colored glasses.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • 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

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