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John Carpenter's Christine

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  • Actors: John Stockwell, Harry Dean Stanton Keith Gordon
  • Directors: John Carpenter
  • Producers: Richard Kobritz
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #151,900 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

Product Description

Twilight Time release of Christine. Now sold out from Twilight Time which makes this RARE!

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 26 2004
Format: DVD
Arnold Cunningham (Gordon) finds just that car, which happens to be Christine. It's broken down, rusted and in overall poor condition when he sees it, but he doesn't care. He is going to own this car, and nothing is going to stop him. He spends his college money he's been saving over the summer to fix her up, and in a relatively short time Christine is back up and running.
Shortly after getting Christine, Arnold starts changing from the nervous unsure nerd into someone who has a lot of confidence. He even loses his glasses, and starts dating the new student Leigh Cabot (Paul), tagged by the other high shool guys as the most beautiful girl in school. Christine has a symbiot relationship with her owners, where each draws from the love they have for each other. Of course, owning Christine is destructive, as even a mild-mannered kid like Arnold is seduced by the car's evil, eventually not caring who gets hurt when it comes to Christine.
The school is populated by all the same kids you went to school with if you were in high school in the early eighties, like me. The jocks, the nerds, the toughs (Ostrander's Buddy Repperton) and the tough's click of groupies, who feed off his energy. Strangely, just the same type relationship that Christine has with her owners.
The writing is really good, especially the scenes where the high schoolers are interacting with each other. Took me right back to my own high school days. The music is also extremely effective, although the music composed for the movie is very reminiscent of the music for HALLOWEEN. The best part of the music for me, though, is how the music that Christine plays fits the action that is currently happening. One of my all-time favorite movie soundtracks.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jimmy on March 16 2004
Format: DVD
This is "John Capenter's" Christine--not Stephen King's Christine. The film takes the basic idea of the film much the same way Kubrick took the basic idea of the Shining and made it his own. While the book is better--a book is a book and a film is a film. There was no way at the time that John Carpenter could've staged the scenes with Christine back in 1983. Even now the budget would be huge. I'm speaking of Darnell's death and the death of Buddy out on the icy roads. John Carpenter may not be fond of this film but he should be--it's one of his last films that looked and felt like a "John Carpenter film." The cinematography is fantastic, the music is classic Carpenter music, and it's pretty well acted. It may not be the most frightening King adaptation but it's one of the best directed (technically) and one of the best photographed. All in all it's one of Carpenter's best; after all it is his version of the book. Changes aside, it's well worth the viewing considering the mindless, no-talent crap that passes for horror these days at the cinema.
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John Carpenter's CHRISTINE (1983) is teenage horror/suspense in the fine tradition of CARRIE. Like the aforementioned (and superior) classic, it involves an introverted teenage outcast who is ruled by an iron fist at home, is bullied endlessly by mean-spirited jerks, and destroys them with supernatural powers that are understood only by the protagonist. In that same tradition, however, our hero loses control over her/his powers and is eventually destroyed by them. That's the basic formula in a nutshell. However, before you can shout, "Ripoff!" let it be known that CHRISTINE gives us a unique treatment of the same basic theme, and ends up being a complete story that is unique, well-paced and suspenseful in its own right. Plus, it also has terrific acting.
Keith Gordon, as the nerdy Arnie Cunningham whose personality is transformed by the titular red 1958 Plymouth Fury that he buys in order to help win the attention of Leigh Cabot (the winsome Alexandra Paul), is brilliant and spellbinding in his portrayal of this very fragile character. His slow but steady descent into revenge, cruelty and madness is especially intriguing; he goes from being a very sympathetic character in the first half of the film to a complete raging sociopath by its end. Psychologically, his transition from shy doormat to dangerous monster is perhaps even more frightening than Carrie White's parallel metamorphosis; Carrie lost everybody who was--or whom she thought was--on her side, but Arnie ends up losing his soul.
In addition to Keith Gordon's terrific performance, we have John Stockwell as Arnie's best friend Dennis, who unsuccessfully tries to keep Arnie from going off the deep end.
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By Barry on Dec 27 2003
Format: DVD
Stephen King movies have always been spotty. You get some good ones going, and mediocre to bad ones immediatley come along. It goes back and fourth. This film adaption of King's book of the same name is somewhere between 'okay' and 'pretty decent'. I read the book 8 or 9 years ago and haven't read it since, so my knowledge of the differences between the book and this movie is practically non-existent. What I do know is that this film adaption is a fun little thriller, but is far away from being the best film adaption of a King work, or being near the best of the film's director and composer, John Carpenter. The film centers around young, geeky Arnie Cunningham, who is played by Keith Gordon, who is known for his victimized teen in "Jaws 2", the son of Angie Dickinson in "Dressed To Kill", and the collegiate son of Rodney Dangerfield in "Back To School". Arnie is the classic dork. Dark Buddy Holly glasses, poor wardrobe, bad hair, and an unfortunate physique. It doesn't help any that he is also under his parents' iron thumb. He spots a beat up old car one day while out with his best friend Dennis Gilder(John Stockwell), and buys the car on the spot from the creepy old man who was selling it. Dennis tries to talk him out of it, and his parents even more so, but an upset Arnie keeps it and stores at the auto body shop Darnell's, the namesake played by veteran actor Robert Prosky. But the car, named Christine, has a mind of it's own and it's possession of Arnie soon takes hold. He thinks of nothing but the car, stands up to his parents, starts doing his hair different and stops wearing glasses and nerdy clothes and begins dating the cutest girl in school Leigh Capp, who is played by future "Baywatch" star, Alexandra Paul.Read more ›
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