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Maximum Overdrive (1986)

R  |   |  Action, Comedy, Horror  |  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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Storyline

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

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25 July 1986 (USA)  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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$7,433,663 (USA)
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Trivia

While filming the scene where the ice cream truck flips over the stunt didn't go according to plan. A telephone-pole size beam of wood was placed inside so it would flip end over end but it only flipped once and slid on its roof, right into the camera. Gene Poole, dolly grip on the film, pulled the cameraman out of the way at the last second. -Subsequently, Gene Poole's name is listed on one of the time cards when Bill is putting his card back after being told by Bubba that he must work more hours than he is going to get paid for. See more »

Goofs

When the cans of pop started hitting the kids and they start running away, a can hits #7 (right side of the screen) and it takes him some time before he grabs his head and falls dead. See more »

Quotes

[watching the trucks circle the truck stop]
Hendershot: Mosta them god damn things got no right t'be runnin'! They s'posed to be depoted!
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Referenced in A Night at the Movies: The Horrors of Stephen King (2011) See more »

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Hells Bells
Written by Angus Young, Malcolm Young and Brian Johnson
Performed by AC/DC
Written in 1980
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Just the soundtrack makes it worth watching !
10 March 2006 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I really cannot understand why this movie has such a bad overall rating. According to me a movie doesn't have to have a great plot or so to be appealing. First of all I like the movie for the soundtrack by AC/DC. Actually, I learned to know the music of them by watching this movie. The 'Who made Who' theme song conducts the beginning of the movie excellent when a traffic bridge is starting to open beyond human control. The same goes for the other songs in the movie - they really add. Secondly I like the movie for the humor in it. It's not a comedy but some scenes made me laugh - like the bible sales man who gets mad when his car is hit by a truck and he runs outside the roadhouse - cursing like hell; the truck hits him into a sewer and his shoes stay behind. Or the beginning of the movie in which you see a guy withdrawing money from an ATM and on the screen the message appears 'you're an *sshole'. 'Sugar buns, this thing is calling me an *sshole !' If you watch closely you might also notice just before this scene a digital clock on the building on which the time changes into F*CK YOU. Maybe I'm just simple but I like the movie. Better than some not understandable romantic drama if you'd ask me.


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