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Maximum Overdrive (1986)

 -  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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Steve Gayton
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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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The day horror went into overdrive. See more »


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25 July 1986 (USA)  »

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Ocho días de terror  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$7,433,663 (USA)
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Trivia

When all the chaos has started, there is a scene of some people on a speedboat under the drawbridge as it is opening. These people are actually members of AC/DC. See more »

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In the scene where Curt and Connie are attempting to get into the truck stop, the beer truck is ramming their car after they are freed from it. The driver of the beer truck is visible for a few seconds. See more »

Quotes

[seeing the trucks circling around the truck stop]
Connie: Oh my God. "When we get to that truck stop, everything will be alright." Oh, yes...
[laughs softly, mockingly]
Connie: [Curtis shifts the car geer into drive]
Connie: What are you doin'?
Curtis: You see that gap? The next time it comes around, I'm gonna shoot right through it.
Connie: No you don't! They'll gang up on us and squash us!
Curtis: I can do it!
Connie: All so we can be inside where they are?
Curtis: What do you think's gonna happen to us if we stay out here?
[...]
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Referenced in Supernatural: Goodbye Stranger (2013) 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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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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