Christine (1983)

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

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She was born in Detroit... on an automobile assembly line. But she is no ordinary automobile. Deep within her chassis lives an unholy presence. She is Christine - a red and white 1958 Plymouth Fury whose unique standard equipment includes an evil, indestructible vengeance that will destroy anyone in her way. She seduces 17-year-old Arnie Cunningham (KEITH GORDON), who becomes consumed with passion for her sleek, rounded, chrome-laden body. She demands his complete and unquestioned devotion and when outsiders seek to interfere, they become the victims of Christine's horrifying wrath.

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Cast

Keith Gordon
as Arnie Cunningham
John Stockwell
as Dennis Guilder
Alexandra Paul
as Leigh Cabot
Robert Prosky
as Will Darnell
Harry Dean Stanton
as Rudolph Junkins
Christine Belford
as Regina Cunningham
Roberts Blossom
as George LeBay
William Ostrander
as Buddy Repperton
David Spielberg
as Mr. Casey
Malcolm Danare
as Moochie Wells
Steven Tash
as Rich Cholony
Stuart Charno
as Don Vandenberg
Kelly Preston
as Roseanne
Robert Barnell
as Michael Cunningham
Robert Darnell
as Michael Cunningham
Richard Collier
as Pepper Boyd
Bruce French
as Mr. Smith
Jan Burrell
as Librarian
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Critic Reviews for Christine

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (6)

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

Apr 24, 2018 | Full Review…

This deja vu premise [from the novel by Stephen King] combined with the crazed vehicle format, makes Christine appear pretty shop-worn.

Sep 24, 2007 | Full Review…
Variety
Top Critic

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

Sep 24, 2007 | Full Review…

Off the page, a 1958 Plymouth is no more scary than the St Bernard which romped through Cujo.

Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Oct 23, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Only a moderately engrossing film.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for Christine

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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Honestly not that great, but has its moments and it is an 80's film based on a good Stephen King book, so can't hate on it too much!

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

A minor work by Carpenter but still thoroughly entertaining. Great character acting by Robert Prosky and Roberts Blossom as well.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

I usually don't tend to find possessed vehicle movies particularly frightening but there was something really menacing and chilling about "Christine" - the devilish Plymouth Fury that seduces a 17 year-old college boy into fixing her up to her former glory to get up to more murderous mischief. It's pretty tame violence wise with the bad language being far harsher, but it's a really enjoyable film with good suspense and tongue-in-cheek humour. One of my favourites from Carpenter.

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