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Maximum Overdrive (1986)

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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25 July 1986 (USA)  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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$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

During the baseball diamond scene, when the boy riding the bicycle falls off in front of the scoreboard, his head is toward the scoreboard and the bicycle, tangled in his feet, is behind him. When the steam roller busts through the scoreboard, it should have run over his head first, and then his feet and the bike. Instead, it runs over his bike and feet first, and then his head. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Man At Cashpoint: Honey, come on over here, sugarbuns. This machine just called me an asshole.
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Connections

Referenced in The Simpsons: Maximum Homerdrive (1999) See more »

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You Shook Me All Night Long
Written by Angus Young, Malcolm Young and Brian Johnson
Produced by Robert John "Mutt" Lange
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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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