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Maximum Overdrive (1986)

 -  Action | Horror | Sci-Fi  -  25 July 1986 (USA)
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A group of people try to survive when machines start to come alive and become homicidal.

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Duncan Keller
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Camp Loman
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Deke Keller
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Pat Miller ...
Joe
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Max
Barry Bell ...
Steve Gayton
John Brasington ...
Frank
J. Don Ferguson ...
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Storyline

For 8 days in 1986, the earth passed through the tail of a mysterious Rea-M rogue comet. During that time, machines on earth suddenly come to life and terrorize their human creators. A small group of people in a truck stop, surrounded by "alive" semi-trailers, set out to stop the machines before the machines stop them. Written by Matt McQuillan <mjment@hotmail.com>

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truck | machine | truck stop | earth | comet | See more »

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Stephen King's masterpiece of terror directed by the master himself. See more »

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Action | Horror | Sci-Fi

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R | See all certifications »

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25 July 1986 (USA)  »

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Maximum Overdrive  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$7,433,663 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The trailer for this film used the John Carpenter/Alan Howarth score from Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982). See more »

Goofs

Signs visible throughout the movie list the price of diesel fuel at the Dixie Boy as $1.08 per gallon. Yet whenever the pumps are being used and the sale amount and gallons pumped are shown, the numbers work out to much less than $1 per gallon, actually just a miniscule amount over 56 cents per gallon. See more »

Quotes

Joe: What do you think happened here?
Hendershot: Fucked if I know, Bubba. Fucked if I know.
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Connections

Referenced in There's Nothing Out There (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

You Shook Me All Night Long
Performed by AC/DC
Written in 1980
Re-mixed for Maximum Overdrive
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An all-time underrated comedy...
2 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hey, can't Big Steve have a little fun, too? I don't think this was a "so bad it's funny" movie - it's too well done to have been constructed as anything but a real comedy. Viewing this in the context of a traditional horror/slasher movie doesn't do it justice, and with deference to previous reviewers, trying to analyze the technical feasibility of the antics of the machines is a lot like making a big deal about pointing out the historical inaccuracies in Monty Python and the Holy Grail - why? It's a MOVIE, folks, and the liberties Our Most Televised Red Sox Fan takes with the things machines can do make it a damned funny one at that. The scenes, characters, and quotes are a notch below the aforementioned Grail, Spinal Tap, or Clerks, but still classic. (I've been caught by more than one co-worker standing at my desk screaming "WE MADE YOU!" at my laptop, but hey, to each his own.) Five out of five stars, as long as you come in with the right perspective!


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