×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Christine

Christine seems like a retread. This time it's a fire-engine red, 1958 Plymouth Fury that's possessed by the Devil, and this deja vu premise [from the novel by Stephen King] combined with the crazed vehicle format, makes Christine appear pretty shop-worn.

With:
Keith Gordon John Stockwell Alexandra Paul Robert Prosky Harry Dean Stanton Christine Belford

Christine seems like a retread. This time it’s a fire-engine red, 1958 Plymouth Fury that’s possessed by the Devil, and this deja vu premise [from the novel by Stephen King] combined with the crazed vehicle format, makes Christine appear pretty shop-worn.

Title character’s nasty personality is neatly established in an assembly line prolog, which leaves one man dead and another injured. Jump to 1978 and Christine is a broken-down junker. Nevertheless, she’s the object of love at first sight for misfit high school student Keith Gordon, who purchases her despite objections from his parents and best friend, and restores her to her 1950s glory.

Gordon also undergoes a transformation, evolving from campus klutz to Mr Cool and acquiring the foxiest girl in the school (Alexandra Paul) in the process. But when the couple begins making out at a drive-in movie, Christine nearly knocks off Paul in a fit of romantic jealousy.

Director John Carpenter’s principle challenge was to create a real character of the car, and in this he has succeeded admirably. Flashy auto dominates everything, its jealousy is effectively, and sometimes humorously, conveyed, and some of the best sequences involve incidents in which the car miraculously restores itself to pristine condition after having been banged up and even torched.

Technically, the film is outstanding, and Carpenter’s choice of lenses and widescreen work is as astute as ever.

Christine

Production: Columbia/Delphi. Director John Carpenter; Producer Richard Kobritz; Screenplay Bill Phillips; Camera Donald M. Morgan; Editor Marion Rothman; Music John Carpenter, Alan Howarth;; Art Director Daniel Lomino

Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1983. Running time: 110 MIN.

With: Keith Gordon John Stockwell Alexandra Paul Robert Prosky Harry Dean Stanton Christine Belford

More Film

  • Gwyneth Paltrow Variety Cover Story

    Gwyneth Paltrow Talks About Her Biggest Fights With Harvey Weinstein

    In this week’s Variety cover story, Gwyneth Paltrow looks back on the 20th anniversary of winning the best actress Oscar for “Shakespeare in Love.” The movie still holds up today, although there’s an ominous figure lurking in the credits. The romantic comedy was produced by Harvey Weinstein, and Paltrow spoke about working for the volcanic [...]

  • Jason Hoch to Lead Imperative Entertainment's

    Jason Hoch to Lead Imperative Entertainment's New Podcast Division (EXCLUSIVE)

    Entertainment studio Imperative Entertainment has hired producer Jason Hoch to lead its newly formed podcast division, Variety has learned. The new division will create and produce podcasts based on both original ideas and third-party IP, in addition to exploring opportunities within the company’s existing slate of feature and TV projects. Hoch has over 20 years [...]

  • Gwyneth Paltrow 'Avengers: Infinity War' film

    Gwyneth Paltrow to Exit Marvel Cinematic Universe

    For the last decade, Gwyneth Paltrow has popped up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Pepper Potts, Iron Man’s secretary and eventual girlfriend. But in an interview with Variety, the actress said that she’s planning on retiring the character after this summer’s “Avengers: Endgame.” “I mean, I’m a bit old to be in a suit [...]

  • Oscars Predictions Final

    Oscar Predictions: Who Will Win and Who Should Win?

    At 5 p.m. Tuesday on the west coast it’ll be pencils down for Oscar voters, so to speak. Or maybe in an era of online voting, it’s more like laptops closed. Either way, polling for the 91st annual Academy Awards officially concludes in a few short hours. Five days from now, we’ll find out which [...]

  • Modern Films Picks Up Oscar-Nominated 'Never

    Modern Films Picks Up Oscar-Nominated 'Never Look Away' for U.K.

    Modern Films has snagged U.K. and Ireland rights to “Never Look Away,” the German-language Oscar entry from “The Lives of Others” helmer Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. The multi-generational story follows a young art student (Tom Schilling), who falls in love with a fellow student (Paula Beer). Her father (Sebastian Koch), a renowned doctor, disapproves of [...]

  • Gwyneth Paltrow Variety Cover Story

    Gwyneth Paltrow on How 'Shakespeare in Love' Changed Her Life (and the Oscars) Forever

    Gwyneth Paltrow never felt the same after making “Shakespeare in Love.” The movie that earned her the best actress Oscar 20 years ago transformed her into a global star. “It just changed my life,” Paltrow says on a recent afternoon in Los Angeles, reflecting on the impact of the 1998 romantic comedy that grossed nearly [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content