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Maximum Overdrive (1986)

R  |   |  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

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

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$7,433,663 (USA)
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Trivia

An accident occurred on July 31, 1985 during shooting in a suburb of Wilmington, North Carolina where a radio-controlled lawnmower used in a scene went out of control and struck a block of wood used as a camera support, shooting out wood splinters which injured the director of photography Armando Nannuzzi; as a result, he lost his right eye. Nannuzzi sued Stephen King on February 18, 1987 for $18 million in damages. The suit was settled out of court. See more »

Goofs

After the electric knife attacks Wanda the waitress, she leans her elbow on the grill, but she doesn't burn herself. See more »

Quotes

Brett: If you don't get your hand off my leg, you're going to be wiping your ass with a hook next time you take a dump!
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Written by Angus Young, Malcolm Young and Brian Johnson
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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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