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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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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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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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The title of the film is referenced in The Simpsons (1989) episode "Maximum Homerdrive", in which Homer Simpson takes over a truck driver's delivery and finds out that his truck is controlled by an on board computer. Yeardley Smith, who plays Connie in the film, is the voice of Lisa Simpson in the show. See more »

Goofs

When Bill gets called into Mr. Hendershot's office to discuss his time card the clock behind Bill says 10:06 (and approx 10 seconds). The clock is broken and reads the same time the entire scene including the second hand. See more »

Quotes

Brett: I ain't never seen a hero with his ass in the air like that.
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Features Star Castle (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)
Performed by AC/DC
Written in 1981
Re-mixed for Maximum Overdrive
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just for fun
15 July 1999 | by (anaheim, ca) – 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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