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Maximum Overdrive (1986)

A group of people try to survive when machines start to come alive and become homicidal.

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Cast

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John Short ...
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Handy
Pat Miller ...
Joe
Jack Canon ...
Max
Larry Parks ...
Steve (as Barry Bell)
John Brasington ...
Frank
J. Don Ferguson ...
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Storyline

When Earth passes through the tail of Rea-M rogue comet, the machines come to life and start to kill mankind. A group of survivors is under siege from fierce trucks at the Dixie Boy truck stop gas station and they have to fight to survive. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Evil's wheels. See more »


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25 July 1986 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,205,644, 27 July 1986

Gross USA:

$7,433,663
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

About a year after the movie was released the Green Goblin truck was taken to Silent Rick's Towing and Salvage in Wilmington, NC. The jaw, lower teeth, tongue and tops of the ears were gone and what was left was burnt severely. John Allison of Wilmington, NC saw it there and purchased it. He later had to sell it and Tim Shockey of Piketon, Ohio purchased it February 19, 1987. Tim displayed it in his video store, Uncle Jim's Videoland in Waverly, Ohio for several years till he sold the business. He moved it to his back yard for about 20 years. It was then moved into his garage and he started restoring it in 2011. Tim spent 2 years, nights and weekends restoring the head. March 16, 2013. Tim travels across the USA and Canada taking it to horror & comic cons. See more »

Goofs

Hendershot shoots a rocket launcher at two trucks, but you never see the rockets in the air going towards the trucks. You just see them explode. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Man At Cashpoint: Honey, come on over here, sugarbuns. This machine just called me an asshole.
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Connections

Referenced in Donald Trump's The Art of the Deal: The Movie (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Sink the Pink
Written by Angus Young, Malcolm Young and Brian Johnson
Produced by Angus Young, Malcolm Young
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just for fun
15 July 1999 | by See all my reviews

Yes its stupid, yes its dumb, yes its whatever negative word you might wanna say, but if you want silly action, this is for you. After a comet passes over earth it leaves some of its demonic haze surrounding the planet. This particular haze takes control of machines, making them deadly killers (for whatever reason). A group of people trying to stay alive hold up at the Dixie Boy truck stop. Some dumb enough to stray from the inside get knocked off, others devise a plan to escape someplace where they can wait out the possession of the comet. Its not the most complex of plots of course, but if you like watching stuff get blown up or people hit by cars or trucks, or watching little leaguers getting neatly pressed by steamrollers, this delivers. (Yes, really, a steamroller).


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