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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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25 July 1986 (USA)  »

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Ocho días de terror  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)


$7,433,663 (USA)

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AC/DC Songs Save The Movie
20 August 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is only decent if you are an AC/DC fan. This movie seems more like a 1 1/2 hour AC/DC music video than a movie.

I give the movie a 7 out of 10. One for the movie and 6 for AC/DC.

If they do a sequel, maybe they have all Blue Oyster Cult music.

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