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
3,754 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 shit? You oughta be fuckin' 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. Fuckin' bastard killed himself in it. Son of a bitch 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:
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 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. [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 pussy.

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