Christine

Christine

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

Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Production: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  2 nominations.
 
IMDB:
6.7
Metacritic:
57
Rotten Tomatoes:
69%
R
Year:
1983
110
4,008 Views

Darnell:
[as Arnie drives a smoking Christine into the garage] Stall Twenty! Stall Twenty! Get it over there and shut it off, before we all choke to death! [To Dennis] Kiddo, you sold him that piece of sh*t? You oughta be f***in' 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. F***in' bastard killed himself in it. Son of a b*tch 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 a**hole 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 sh*t 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:
Yessir, yessir.

Darnell:
Good! Now, get the hell outta here, we're closed.

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 real good.

[They drink the toast. Arnie carelessly finishes his beer and tosses it out the window.]

Arnie:
Hey, Dennis. Look. [Lets go of the wheel] 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 f***in' 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 f***ing 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? F*** no, I'm talkin' about Christine, man! No shitter ever came between me and Christine. Now, you watch this. [Arnie puts his foot down, and Christine passes 100 miles per hour as Arnie steers into the oncoming lane. A car just manages to steer out of the way.] CHICKENSHITS! Oh, there is nothin' finer than being behind the wheel of your own car. [Grins] 'Cept maybe for p*ssy.


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