Christine

Christine

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Director: John Carpenter

Cast: John Carpenter, Keith Gordon, John Stockwell, Alexandra Paul

     
 

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Director John Carpenter returns to the suburban landscape he explored so chillingly in Halloween (1978) with this lean, stripped-down adaptation of the Stephen King best-seller about a haunted car with a devilishly bad attitude and the teen underdog who falls head-over-heels for her chrome-accented charms. Shortly after geeky, horn-rim-sporting Arnie CunninghamSee more details below

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Director John Carpenter returns to the suburban landscape he explored so chillingly in Halloween (1978) with this lean, stripped-down adaptation of the Stephen King best-seller about a haunted car with a devilishly bad attitude and the teen underdog who falls head-over-heels for her chrome-accented charms. Shortly after geeky, horn-rim-sporting Arnie Cunningham (Keith Gordon) narrowly escapes a beating at the hands of shop-class bully Buddy Repperton (William Ostrander) on the first day of his senior year, he soon falls prey to a far more duplicitous villain in the form of a rusted-out 1958 Plymouth Fury nicknamed "Christine" by its crusty owner George LeBay (Roberts Blossom) -- who sells wide-eyed Arnie the old hulk despite the protests of best friend Dennis (John Stockwell) and the admonition of his domineering parents. As Arnie sets to the task of restoring Christine, his hobby grows into an obsession -- and the real power that hums beneath her hood begins to emerge, seemingly granting newfound coolness and sex appeal to the once-nerdy outcast, while simultaneously drawing away his very soul. A vengeful spirit, Christine lashes out violently at those who dare to stand between her and Arnie -- starting with Repperton and his gang, who completely trash the car, but are soon hunted down one by one and pulverized beneath the whitewalls of the miraculously-restored Fury. When Arnie's pretty, popular girlfriend Leigh (Alexandra Paul) begins to suspect she may soon be on the receiving end of automotive vengeance, she calls on Dennis for help... but a frightening midnight ride in Christine convinces Dennis that Arnie's only hope lies in destroying the demonic vehicle.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Robert Firsching
An agreeable (if not entirely frightening) adaptation of Stephen King's novel about an evil car, Christine has some nicely atmospheric sequences which somewhat compensate for its lack of horrific impact. The auto of the title, a cherry-red 1958 Plymouth Fury, takes on a personality of its own as a homicidally jealous female who is willing to kill to preserve the affections of its owner, a put-upon teenage nerd (Keith Gordon). The young cast is appealing enough, and director John Carpenter manages a few creepy scenes, but the story bogs down into yet another trite nerds & bullies drama whenever Christine is offscreen. It's still fun, but will probably appeal to casual viewers more than serious horror fans.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/23/1994
UPC:
0043396601611
Original Release:
1983
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Keith Gordon Arnie Cunningham
John Stockwell Dennis Guilder
Alexandra Paul Leigh Cabot
Robert Prosky Will Darnell
Harry Dean Stanton Rudolph Junkins
Christine Belford Regina Cunningham
Roberts Blossom George LeBay
William Ostrander Buddy
David Spielberg Mr. Casey
Malcom Danare Moochie
Steven Tash Rich
Stuart Charno Vandenberg
Kelly Preston Roseanne
Marc Poppel Chuck
Karen Rea Actor
Robert Darnell Michael Cunningham
Richard Collier Pepper Boyd
Bruce French Mr. Smith
Douglas Warhit Bemis
Jan Burrell Librarian

Technical Credits
John Carpenter Director,Score Composer,Screenwriter
Roy Arbogast Special Effects,Special Effects Supervisor
Barry Bernardi Associate Producer
Cloudia Set Decoration/Design
Robert Doudell Production Designer,Production Manager
Ted Duncan Stunts
William Joseph Durrell Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
Tom Elliott Stunts
Donna Evans Stunts
Larry Franco Asst. Director,Co-producer
Alan Howarth Score Composer
Norman Howell Stunts
Stephen King Screenwriter
Richard Kobritz Producer
Darryl Levine Costumes/Costume Designer
John Loggia Production Designer
Daniel Lomino Production Designer
Steve Maslow Sound/Sound Designer
Mike McGaughy Stunts
John Meier Stunts
Donald M. Morgan Cinematographer
Conrad Palmisano Stunts
Bill Phillips Screenwriter
Karen Rea Casting
Kerry Rossall Stunts
Marion Rothman Editor
Ben R. Scott Stunts
John-Clay Scott Stunts
Dean Smith Stunts
Mark Tarlov Executive Producer
Jim Wilkey Stunts
Walter Wyatt Stunts

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