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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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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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Imagine your worst nightmare: machines take over the world! 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)

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$7,433,663 (USA)
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Trivia

While shooting the scene where the steamroller rampages across the baseball diamond, Stephen King requested that the SFX department place a bag of fake blood near the dummy of a young player who would be run over by it. The desired effect would be that a smear of blood would appear on the steamroller and be re-smeared on the grass over and over, like a printing press. While filming the scene, however, the bag of blood exploded too soon and sprayed everywhere, making it appear as if the boy's head had also exploded. King was thrilled with the results, but censors demanded the shot be cut. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1 min) When all of the trucks at the diner start to come alive, you can see the reflection of the crew in the back of a red car on the right of the screen. See more »

Quotes

Man At Cashpoint: Honey! C'mon over here, Sugar-buns. This machine just called me an asshole!
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Performed by AC/DC
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HOORAH, STEAM ROLLER!!!!
14 June 2003 | by (Colorado) – See all my reviews

Get sick of movies with intricate plots, outstanding acting, and multiple Academy Award nominations? Then go grab Maximum Overdrive! 90 minutes of mindless truck attacks, rocket launchers and A STEAM ROLLER RUNNING OVER A LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYER!!! Now, most readers are probably thinking that this is a pretty sick review, but keep in mind that this is A MOVIE. Not real life. Even with all of this in mind, I think it is fair to say that Stephen King did a fair job with the directing. It's by no means fantastic, but it is far better done than most Cult Classic, B-flicks. Happy watching!


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