- Actors: Keith Gordon, John Stockwell, Alexandra Paul, Robert Prosky, Harry Dean Stanton
- Directors: John Carpenter
- Writers: Bill Phillips, Stephen King
- Producers: Barry Bernardi, Kirby McCauley, Larry J. Franco, Mark Tarlov, Richard Kobritz
- Format: PAL
- Language: English, French
- Subtitles: English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Hindi, Portuguese, Turkish, Danish, Icelandic, Swedish, Hungarian, Polish, Dutch, Finnish, Czech, Greek
- Dubbed: German, Italian, Spanish
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: UCA
- DVD Release Date: 3 Oct. 2005
- Run Time: 110 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 269 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00004CZTU
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,446 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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John Carpenter directs this '80s horror based on Stephen King's novel. Teenage outcast Arnie Cunningham (Keith Gordon)'s life is turned around when he buys and lovingly restores a 1958 Plymouth Fury, named Christine. While working on the car Arnie undergoes a major personality change and becomes more confident and even arrogant. When mean school bullies vandalise Christine Arnie is left distraught until he discovers Christine's true power and takes her on a rampage of revenge against her aggressors. Shocked by his violent actions, Arnie's friends, Dennis and Leigh (John Stockwell and Alexandra Paul) decide the only way to save him is to destroy Christine but they soon learn she won't go away without a fight...
She can't (and won't) drive 55.... Stephen King's novel about the twisted love affair between a boy and his car gets transferred to the screen, courtesy of suspense master John Carpenter. Although lacking some of the more outré supernatural elements of the source material, this high-octane cinematic tune-up more than delivers the goods, horror-wise (Christine's midnight rampages will never be forgotten)--as well as being a sly exposé of the random cruelties within the high-school pecking order. Keith Gordon (who has gone on to become a stellar director in his own right, with films such as A Midnight Clear and Mother Night to his credit) gives a wonderfully controlled central performance. Carpenter's atmospheric original score is backed up by a well-chosen collection of rock classics, including George Thorogood's "Bad to the Bone" (the titular character's all-too-apt theme song). --Andrew Wright, Amazon.com
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In Rockbridge, California 1978 - Arnold ''Arnie'' Cunningham (Keith Gordon) is an awkward and unpopular teen and if it weren't for his best friend Dennis (John Stockwell), poor Arnie's life would be a succession of embarrassment and ridicule. That is until he happens upon an old, beaten down 1958 Plymouth Fury (which the current owner simply refers to as 'Christine') and once purchased and restored back to her former glory - his life begins to take an upward turn. More confident, Arnold finds himself taking out the school's most popular girl Leigh (Alexandra Paul) whilst leaving his previous 'nerd-like' life behind... However, when a series of mysterious deaths begin to rock the school and sightings of a cherry red Plymouth Fury always sighted near the scenes of the murders, Arnold's life begins to crumble and with his mounting obsession with Christine reaching a peculiar fever pitch - even his last remaining closest friends begin to fear what Arnie has become...
Directed by genre supremo John Carpenter ('Halloween', 'The Thing') - this is one of the better big screen adaptations of novelist Stephen King's work. Sure, the '80s was a stellar decade for the author - what with 'The Shining', 'Dead Zone', 'Salem's Lot' and 'Cujo' proving difficult for the filmmakers of that time to 'top the previous adaptation' but thankfully Carpenter knocks this one out of the park with a deft screenplay, sharp cinematography and a likeable cast that enables his film to roll along as smooth as Christine herself... Lead Gordon essays the role of Arnie very well and his character has a satisfying arc, allowing you to connect to his plight with co-stars John Stockwell and Alexandra Paul lending able support. Elsewhere character actor stalwarts Robert Prosky, Roberts Blossom and Harry Dean Stanton steal each scene they are in adding a richer tapestry to the ghoulish vehicular mayhem on display. Carpenter surrounds his trademark synth score style with stylish Cinematography by Donald Morgan who embues the movie with a hazy, dreamlike rainswept look and razor sharp editing from Marion Rothman who between them ensure each sequence that features the roaming presence of a haunted car is magnified for all its worth. For sure, this is one stylish flick and although it finds Carpenter on a more ''director for hire'' vibe, he never once lets us down and proves he is a real master of horror...
Powerhouse/Indicator's UK Blu-Ray release is well... pretty awesome. With an amazingly sharp 2K restoration bolstered by pristine audio and a killer 5.1 surround track, the movie has never looked or sounded so good. Throw in a plethora of great extra special features such as a relaxed and informative audio commentary with director Carpenter and Keith Gordon, a 48 minute 3-part documentary from 2003 entitled 'Christine: Ignition, Fast and Furious & Finish Line', deleted scenes, isolated score, image gallery, theatrical trailers and TV spots - ensuring this adds up to a killer package. As I went into watching this again with my 'dubious, jaded horror hat on' - I approached with caution expecting the worst yet pleasantly surprised by how well it had held up over the years since its initial 1983 release. Highly recommended.
Christine is a Red Plymouth Fury motor but she is no ordinary car, she is a lethal murder machine with a mind of her own who will happily kill anyone who tries to get in the way of her and the owner who loves her, a nerdy young man named Arnie Cunningham who soon becomes obsessed by his purchase and he will defend her to the death like she will do for him.
This is a thrill ride of a film and worth the watch.
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