Christine (1983 film)

1983 film directed by John Carpenter

Christine is a 1983 film about a nerdish boy who buys a classic red and white 1958 Plymouth Fury named Christine (license plate "CQB 241") which seems to have a mind of its own.

Directed by John Carpenter. Written by Bill Phillips, based on the novel by Stephen King.
She's Hell on Wheels.  (taglines)
Her name is Christine. ~ LeBay

Arnie Cunningham edit

  • Whoa, whoa. You better watch what you say about my car. She's really sensitive.
  • Has it ever occurred to you that part of being a parent is trying to kill your kids?
  • OK. Show me.

Dennis Guilder edit

  • Christine is gonna come through the door. You better get in the office and stay out of sight, OK? Once she gets inside, hit the button and bring the door down. Then we'll have her trapped.

Moochie edit

  • Hey, Cunningham! Is that you, Cunningham? Hey! You ain't mad, are you?

Dialogue edit

Mr. Casey: [after being told that Buddy Repperton has a switchblade] Empty your pockets, Buddy.
Buddy: I will. You can't make me.
Mr. Casey: If you mean I don't have the authority, you're wrong. If you mean I can't turn out your pockets myself-
Buddy: Yeah, try it, you little bald face, and I'll knock you through the fucking wall! Damn!
[Casey turns to Buddy's friends]
Mr. Casey: You two boys go up to the office.
[The other two, except Moochie, go to the office]
Mr. Casey: Stay there. Don't go anywhere else. You got enough trouble without that. [turns back to Buddy] Now... if you don't empty your pockets right now, I'm gonna call the cops.
[Buddy reaches into his pocket, pulls out a switchblade and drops it on the floor. The switchblade opens up as it hits the concrete floor]
Mr. Casey: Go to the office, Buddy.
[Buddy obeys him]

Dennis: I bet this thing won't even start.
George LeBay: She'll start.
[He holds up some keys]
LeBay: You'll need these.
[Arnie and Dennis look out the open passenger door, at the old man standing near the car]
Arnie: How much do you want for her? Whatever it is, it's not enough.
Dennis: Jeez, Arnie.
LeBay: Sonny, you ever owned a car before?
Dennis: Yeah, he owns a Mustang-
Arnie: No. Just got my license.
LeBay: Name's George LeBay. What's yours?
Arnie: Arnie Cunningham. What are you asking?
[LeBay gives Arnie the keys]
LeBay: Start her up.
Arnie: Really?
[As LeBay nods, Arnie sits behind the wheel. The car starts on his first try]
Arnie: Does the car have a name?
LeBay: Her name is Christine.
Arnie: Huh. I like that. It suits her.
Dennis: Come on, Arnie, we gotta get goin', huh?
LeBay: My brother bought her back in September '57. That's when you got your new model year, in September. Brand-new, she was. She had the smell of a brand-new car. That's just about the finest smell in the world, 'cept maybe for pussy. When he got her, she had 6 miles on the odometer. Damn roller when through hell and back with Christine.
Dennis: If your brother likes this car so much, why is he selling it?
LeBay: Cause he's stone-cold dead, that's why. Died six weeks ago.

Arnie: I got the car and that's it!
Mrs. Cunningham: That most certainly is not it! [to Dennis] How could you have let him do this?!
Dennis: I didn't let him. I mean he wanted the car and he bought it. I tried to talk him out of it, in fact.
Mrs. Cunningham: [coldly] Mm, I doubt that you tried very hard.
Dennis: Yeah, well I'm going home.
Mrs. Cunningham: I think you should.
Arnie: OK that's it, I'm getting out of here!
Mr. Cunningham: Oh, Arnie, now what kind of language is that?
Mrs. Cunningham: [sharply] What did you say?! What did you say?!
Arnie: Look, you wanted me in college courses, I'm there. You wanted me in the chess club instead of the band, OK, I'm there too. Now I managed to get through seventeen years without embarrassing your bridge club or landing jail! Now I'm telling you, I'm gonna have this, this one thing!
Mrs. Cunningham: You are not keeping any car at this house!
Arnie: Fine!

Darnell: [as Arnie drives Christine, who is dingy, into the garage] Stall 20! Stall 20! Get it over there and shut it off, before we all choke to death! [to Dennis] Kiddo, you sold him that piece of junk? You oughta be ashamed of yourself.
Dennis: I didn't sell it to him. I tried to talk him out of it.
Darnell: You shoulda' tried harder. I knew a guy had a car like that once. Stupid bastard killed himself in it. Son of a devil was so mean, you could've poured boiling water down his throat and he would've pissed ice cubes! [to Arnie] Okay. That's the last time you run that mechanical asshole in here without an exhaust hose... I catch you doing it one time, and you're out, you understand? HUH?
Arnie: Yes, sir.
Darnell: And I'm gonna tell you somethin' else right now. I don't take any shit from you kids. This place is for working stiffs gotta keep their cars running so they can keep bread on the table, it's not for rich-assed, snot-nose kids who wanna go dragging around on the Orange Belt. I don't allow no smoking in here, neither! You wanna' butt, you go out in the junkyard!
Arnie: Oh, well I don't sm-
Darnell: [interrupting] Don't interrupt me, punk! Don't interrupt me, don't get smart!
Dennis: Uh, sir?
Darnell: What?
Dennis: [points at Darnell's own men who are smoking at a card table] Those men over there smoking. You better tell then to stop.
Darnell: You trying to help your buddy right out of here, jerk?
Dennis: Nah.
Darnell: Then shut your pie-hole. I know a creep when I see one. [turns back to Arnie] I think I'm looking at one right now. You're on probation... you get it? You screw around with me once, I don't care how much money you paid up in front, I'll throw you out on your ass! Now you got it? Huh?!
Arnie: Yes, sir. Yes, sir.
Darnell: Good. Now, get the hell outta here. We're closed.

[Dennis comes back to LeBay's house while the man is working in the yard. He looks up and glares at Dennis]
LeBay: What the hell do you want?
Dennis: I know about your brother. I know he died choking on exhaust fumes.
LeBay: You don't know shit, kid. My brother died because he wanted to. He ran a rubber hose from the exhaust pipe.
Dennis: Arnie would have never bought that car if he'd known somebody died in it.
LeBay: Either you're dumber than you look, or you don't know your friend very well. He had the same look in his eye that my brother always had. Probably the only thing my brother ever loved in his whole rotten life was that car. No shitter ever came between him and Christine, if they did... watch out! He had a five-year-old daughter choke to death in her... he wouldn't get rid of her. He just rode around with the radio blaring, not a care in the world except for Christine. Only time I ever interfered with it was when Rita killed herself.
Dennis: Who's Rita?
LeBay: His wife! He didn't care a rat's ass about her! She died the same way he did... then I made him get rid of it... for decency, ya know? Of course, the car came back three weeks later.
Dennis: What do you mean "came back"?
[LeBay just gives him a look as if to say, "You know what I mean."]

[After Dennis's football injury puts him in the hospital, Arnie comes by on Thanksgiving. They discuss Buddy Repperton and the damage he and some friends of his did to Christine]
Dennis: What if you fix her up, and he just comes back and does it again?
Arnie: He won't do it again.

Arnie: A toast. Death to the shitters of the world, in 1979.
Dennis: Oh, come on, Arnie. You know I can't drink to that.
Arnie: Well, what can you drink to?
Dennis: What about to us? You know, to friendship?
Arnie: Friendship. That's really good.
[They drink the toast. Arnie carelessly finishes his beer and tosses it out the window]
Arnie: Hey, Dennis. Look.
[He lets go of the wheel]
Arnie: Ta-daa!
Dennis: Come on!
[Dennis tries to grab the wheel, but Arnie stops him]
Arnie: I want you to see this. I want you to see this! This is great alignment; you just don't see this anymore! Don't be scared.
Dennis: I'm scared for you, man, for what's happened to you, this fuckin' car!
Arnie: I know you're jealous. But you'll be fine as long as you stick with me. And you know what happens to shitters who don't.
Dennis: No. What does happen?
Arnie: Well, let's not kid each other, Dennis.
Dennis: Who are the shitters?
Arnie: All of 'em.
Dennis: Arnie. Leigh's on your side. She cares a lot about you. She does.
[Arnie snickers then laughs]
Arnie: Heey! Don't you like this beer? I thought you liked beer.
Dennis: Did you hear what I just said?!
Arnie: Let me tell you a little something about love, Dennis. It has a voracious appetite. It eats everything. Friendship. Family. It kills me how much it eats. But I'll tell you something else. You feed it right, and it can be a beautiful thing, and that's what we have. You know, when someone believes in you, man, you can do anything, any fucking thing in the entire universe! And when you believe right back in that someone, then watch out, world, because nobody can stop you then, nobody! Ever!
Dennis: You feel this way about Leigh?
Arnie: What? Fuck no, I'm talkin' about Christine, man! No shitter ever came between me and Christine! Now, you watch this.
[As Arnie puts his foot down, Dennis hangs on for dear life. Christine passes 100 miles per hour as Arnie steers into the oncoming lane. A car just manages to steer out of her way]
Arnie: CHICKENSHITS! Oh man, there is nothing finer than being behind the wheel of your own car, 'cept maybe for a pussy.

[After Christine's body is crushed into a block]
Detective Junkins: I wouldn't feel so bad if I were you. You two are heroes, y'know.
Dennis: Yeah. A real hero could've saved Arnie.
Leigh: We didn't do so hot.
Detective Junkins: Hey, some things can't be helped. Some people, too.
Dennis: Yeah.
[They hear music playing, but it is just a passing man with a boombox]
Leigh: God, I hate rock and roll.
[As the camera zooms on the block of Christine's body, her front grill twitches slightly as if she's looking at the viewers and saying, "I'll be back."]

Taglines edit

  • He was lost until he found her. She took him further than he ever thought he'd go. For her, he was willing to die. For him, she was willing to kill.
  • Once she lures you behind her wheel, you'll be hers. Body and Soul.
  • She's Hell on wheels.
  • Body by Plymouth. Soul by Satan. Watch out for her. This Christmas.
  • Seductive. Passionate. Possessive. Pure… evil. She's Christine.
  • Hell hath no Fury... like a 1958 Plymouth.
  • She lives. She loves. She's a beauty. She's a beast. She's a killer. She's a '58 Plymouth Fury. She's Christine.
  • Stephen King. John Carpenter. Two great masters of terror have teamed up to take you for a ride.
  • How do you kill something that can't possibly be alive?

Cast edit

Teaser Trailer edit

[The teaser trailer begins with the Columbia Pictures logo. Then, the camera each pan over to parts of a car in the dark]
Narrator: She's seductive. She's passionate. She's possessive. She's pure… evil. She's Christine, a 1958 Plymouth Fury… possessed by Hell. Her previous owner isn't alive to wore her present one. Once she lures you behind the wheel, you'll be hers. Body and soul. There's no place you can hide, no place you can run, and nothing you can do to stop her. Because how do you kill something that can't possibly be alive?
[As the camera finally pans to Christine actually in a garage, her headlights turn on like eyes and she charges forward towards us]
Narrator: Christine. Body by Plymouth. Soul by Satan. Watch out for her. This Christmas.

External Links edit

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Adaptations of works by Stephen King
  Films     The Shining (1980) · Cujo (1983) · The Dead Zone (1983) · Christine (1983) · Cat's Eye (1985) · Silver Bullet (1985) · Stand by Me (1986) · The Running Man (1987) · Tales from the
  Darkside: The Movie
(1990) · Graveyard Shift (1990) · Misery (1990) · The Lawnmower Man (1992) · Sleepwalkers (1992) · The Dark Half (1993) · Needful Things (1993) · The
  Shawshank Redemption
(1994) · Dolores Claiborne (1995) · Thinner (1996) · The Night Flier (1997) · Apt Pupil (1998) · The Green Mile (1999) · Hearts in Atlantis (2001) · Dreamcatcher 
  (2003) · Secret Window (2004) · Riding the Bullet (2004) · 1408 (2007) · The Mist (2007) · Dolan's Cadillac (2009) · A Good Marriage (2014) · Cell (2016) · It (2017) · It Chapter Two (2019)  
  Carrie     Carrie (1976) · The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999) · Carrie (2002) · Carrie (2013)  
  Creepshow     Creepshow (1982) · Creepshow 2 (1987) · Creepshow 3 (2006)  
  Children of the Corn     Children of the Corn (1984) · The Final Sacrifice (1993) · Urban Harvest (1995) · The Gathering (1996) · Fields of Terror (1998) · Isaac's Return (1999) ·
  Revelation (2001) · Children of the Corn (2009) · Genesis (2011)  
  Firestarter     Firestarter (1984) · Rekindled (2002)  
  Trucks     Maximum Overdrive (1986) · Trucks (1997)  
  Pet Sematary     Pet Sematary (1989) · Pet Sematary Two (1992) · Pet Sematary (2019)  
  The Mangler     The Mangler (1995) · The Mangler 2 (2001) · *The Mangler Reborn (2005)  
  Television     Episodes     "Gramma" (1986) · "Sorry, Right Number" (1987) · "The Revelations of Becka Paulson" (1997)  
  Series     Golden Years (1991) · The Dead Zone (2002–07) · Kingdom Hospital (2004) · Haven (2010–present) · Under the Dome (2013–15) · 11.22.63 (2016)  
  Films or miniseries     It (1990) · The Tommyknockers (1993) · The Stand (1994) · The Langoliers (1995) · The Shining (1997) · Quicksilver Highway (1997) · Storm of the Century
  (1999) · Stephen King's Desperation (2006) · Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King (2006) · Bag of Bones (2011) · Big Driver (2014)  
  Salem's Lot     Salem's Lot (1979) · A Return to Salem's Lot (1987) · Salem's Lot (2004)  
  Sometimes They Come Back     Sometimes They Come Back (1991) · Sometimes They Come Back... Again (1996) · Sometimes They Come Back... for More
  Rose Red     Rose Red (2002) · The Diary of Ellen Rimbauer (2003)  
  See also     {{Stephen King}}