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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Film...Instant Classic...
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...
Published on March 26 2004

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3.0 out of 5 stars John Carpenter's CHRISTINE
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...
Published on March 16 2004 by Jimmy


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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Film...Instant Classic..., March 26 2004
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This review is from: Christine (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.
There have been a lot of "killer car" movies, including THE CAR, KILLER CAR, MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE and even KILLDOZER. But none of them have the magic that CHRISTINE pulls off. While there have been some good movies in this sub-genre, the ones I've seen aren't as good. I think it's due to the source material of Stephen King's novel (in which Cristine was a 4-door) and Carpenter's direction. Combined, it turned out an excellent movie.
Th effects are also very well-done. Especially the scene where Christine basically rebuilds herself. It was done with prefabbed balloons, but unless you really look for it, you can't tell. And the scene where a flaming Christine chases one of the toughs down the road is a shot that was also extremely well done.
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3.0 out of 5 stars John Carpenter's CHRISTINE, March 16 2004
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Jimmy (Dallas, TX) - See all my reviews
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Gift, March 5 2014
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Another strange movie for Friend......He enjoys these type of movie. Always a great treat for him.. 5 Stars for Amazon....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Christine is a compressing movie., Oct. 22 2013
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bernie "xyzzy" (Arlington, Texas) - See all my reviews
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A kid, Arnie (Keith Gordon) inherits a car "Christine" with a dubious past. Poor thing needs some loving care. Parents say dump her. However Arnie is determined to fix her up even at the expense of his girl Leigh (Alexandra Paul) and despite the money grubbing garage owner. How will Christine respond to those who rival for her affection and those that despise her good looks?

She gets herself in to more tight spots. After each cursing experience Christine rebound with new enthusiasm (and a new paint job.) And talk about loyal to those who love her. Everyone knows that possession is nine points of the law; Christine had many points. This may have been the first car with an adjustable steering wheel.

Talk about fatal attraction.

Carrie (Special Edition)
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5.0 out of 5 stars a stephen king novel that transferred very well to the big screen, March 29 2013
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i've seen this movie many times and it never gets old. the car is drop dead gorgeous and the special effects are great even for the eighties. most teenagers would identify with the characters in this story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Christine, March 2 2013
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Steve S. Morris (North Vancouver BC Canada) - See all my reviews
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Another fine cult classic. I loved this movie where the underdog finally gets payback to those who have wronged him. However, it may not end as you think!?!?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, Feb. 2 2013
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Great story about a special car and her owner. Only the car is evil and goes on killing rampages. One of Stephen King's best and if you are a car fan then it's even better!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars simply the best, March 29 2004
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Luc Boudreau (Dieppe , New - Brunswick , Canada) - See all my reviews
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I thought this movie was a great ride. Not only is it sensational , but it's also a great mix of horror,suspense,action. Trust me,rent it,and I'm sure you'll love it as much as I did.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Keith Gordon + Killer Car + John Carpenter = Horror Classic, March 18 2004
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Robert J. Schneider (Tacoma, WA USA) - See all my reviews
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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. Also in a memorable supporting role is the venerable Robert Prosky, going totally against type to play the grouchy, scruffy, foulmouthed auto-body shop owner Will Darnell. Although the wonderful veteran character actor Harry Dean Stanton appears in this film, he is very much wasted in the thankless role of Detective Rudolph Junkins, whose only function is to show up every once in a while to ask Arnie some suspicious questions after someone gets offed. (It is of note that the future Mrs. John Travolta herself, Kelly Preston, has a bit part as well.)
CHRISTINE may not be the best Horror film ever made, but I do think that it's one of the best. The story is extremely interesting and really hooks you from the first scene onwards. In addition to the acting, the editing is first-rate; indeed, it is so good that the premise of a possessed and evil car actually looks believable! Then there is the music: 50's Rock 'N' Roll makes up the most of the soundtrack, although George Thorogood's early-80's classic "Bad To The Bone" is used to good effect. The car's radio is practically a character-within-a-character, and is used so effectively that the first sound of it inspires a real sense of danger. Of course, John Carpenter has to be fully commended for a great job in bringing Stephen King's vision to life on the screen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Wild Ride, March 5 2004
This review is from: Christine (DVD)
For the most part this movie is entertaining throughout it's entirety. These were the days John Carpenter was at his best, with other movies like Halloween The Fog, The Thing, etc... Unfortunately Carpenter is not what he once was. Christine builds suspense slowly with a very nice score and Carpenter makes you want to root against the bad guys here. Well directed, Very entertaining.
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