Christine Movie Description
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
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
"...The film is made with spectacular
efficiency....CHRISTINE turns out to be full of Carpenter
"She's beautiful, isn't she? I love her.
And she loves me."--Arnie Cunningham (Keith Gordon), about
Christine, his car
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
Hell hath no fury...like Christine.
"...[The] flashy auto dominates everything,
its jealousy is effectively, and sometimes humorously
conveyed....Technically, the film is outstanding..."