Christine (Special Edition)
How do you kill something that can't possibly be alive?
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- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 50 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: September 28, 2004
- Originally Released: 1983
- Label: Sony Pictures
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Special Edition
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.35
- (unspecified) - French, Spanish, Portugese
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Subtitles - English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Thai - Optional
- Additional Release Material:
- Deleted Scenes
- Audio Commentary: John Carpenter - Director, Keith Gordon - Star
- "Christine: Fast and Furious"
- "Christine: Finish Line"
- "Christine: Ignition"
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Keith Gordon, John Stockwell, Alexandra Paul & Harry Dean Stanton|
|Performer:||Robert Prosky, Kelly Preston, Malcolm Danare, Christine Belford, Bruce French & Roberts Blossom|
|Directed by||John Carpenter|
|Edited by||Marion Rothman|
|Screenplay by||Bill Phillips|
|Original story by||Stephen King|
|Composition by||John Carpenter & Alan Howarth|
|Produced by||Richard Kobritz|
|Director of Photography:||Donald M. Morgan|
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"She's beautiful, isn't she' I love her. And she loves me."
- Arnie Cunningham (Keith Gordon), about Christine, his car
This deja vu premise [from the novel by Stephen King] combined with the crazed vehicle format, makes Christine appear pretty shop-worn. Full Review
Rating: 2/5 -- Only a moderately engrossing film.
New York Times
Herbie Goes Satanic in John Carpenter's adaptation of Stephen King's tale....The car's the star...
If the '80s were partially defined by revenge-of-the-nerd narratives, Christine is more about the horror of the geek-id unleashed. Full Review
Rating: 3/4 -- One of the more effective screen treatments of the era, however corny or preposterous it may remain on paper. Full Review
...[The] flashy auto dominates everything, its jealousy is effectively, and sometimes humorously conveyed....Technically, the film is outstanding...
Carpenter's thematic self-consciousness can't entirely overcome a shaky dramatic structure that sacrifices character logic to increasingly meaningless thrills. Full Review
Based on the best-selling Stephen King novel, CHRISTINE is a dark and violent film about the dangers of obsession. When a unpopular young man, Arnie (Keith Gordon), buys a vintage car to restore, it changes his life completely. The more he works on the car, which he names Christine, the more his personality changes. He becomes moody and dark, spending more and more time with the car and less and less with his friends. The friends become concerned as Arnie's passion for the automobile turns to extreme, and he becomes unstable. But the car has powers over the young man, and takes on a life of its own, becoming as obsessed with its new owner as he is of it. Their devotion to one another quickly becomes violent, and separating Arnie from the car is a deadly task for his friends. With CHRISTINE, director John Carpenter delivers a faithful adaptation of the book by Stephen King. One master of horror adapting another's work seems ideal, and the results are as powerful as expected. With Carpenter's ability to make the supernatural seem plausible, even commonplace, the film excels in evoking plenty of scares and nail biting from the audience.
After a student purchases a 1958 Plymouth Fury, he discovers that the car possesses a number of unique features. Deep within it, the boy discovers, there lives an unholy presence. Director John Carpenter's film is based on Stephen King's bestseller.
- Theatrical release: December 7, 1983.
- Car enthusiasts were enraged when it was reported that actual vintage cars were destroyed for the film, 14 cars over all.
CHRISTINE is based on the Stephen King novel, which can be seen on a bookshelf in the movie.
- Actor Keith Gordon went on to become a well respected director, helming films such as THE CHOCOLATE WAR, A MIDNIGHT CLEAR, and MOTHER NIGHT.
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