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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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Pat Miller ...
Joe
Jack Canon ...
Max
Barry Bell ...
Steve Gayton
John Brasington ...
Frank
J. Don Ferguson ...
Andy
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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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Evil's wheels. See more »

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Action | Horror | Sci-Fi

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R | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 July 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ocho días de terror  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$7,433,663 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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AC/DC was selected to make the music for the movie by Stephen King himself. See more »

Goofs

When Duncan goes to get his son, his eyes are puffy from gasoline but there's no blood. Joe grabs his arms and we get a close-up shot of Duncan's face and there's blood all over his face. Then they cut back to longer shots and the blood disappears. See more »

Quotes

[seeing the trucks circling around the truck stop]
Connie: Oh my God. "When we get to that truck stop, everything will be alright." Oh, yes...
[laughs softly, mockingly]
Connie: [Curtis shifts the car geer into drive]
Connie: What are you doin'?
Curtis: You see that gap? The next time it comes around, I'm gonna shoot right through it.
Connie: No you don't! They'll gang up on us and squash us!
Curtis: I can do it!
Connie: All so we can be inside where they are?
Curtis: What do you think's gonna happen to us if we stay out here?
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Soundtracks

King of the Road
By Roger Miller
[is the song played by the My-T Tas-T ice cream truck]
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An all-time underrated comedy...
2 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hey, can't Big Steve have a little fun, too? I don't think this was a "so bad it's funny" movie - it's too well done to have been constructed as anything but a real comedy. Viewing this in the context of a traditional horror/slasher movie doesn't do it justice, and with deference to previous reviewers, trying to analyze the technical feasibility of the antics of the machines is a lot like making a big deal about pointing out the historical inaccuracies in Monty Python and the Holy Grail - why? It's a MOVIE, folks, and the liberties Our Most Televised Red Sox Fan takes with the things machines can do make it a damned funny one at that. The scenes, characters, and quotes are a notch below the aforementioned Grail, Spinal Tap, or Clerks, but still classic. (I've been caught by more than one co-worker standing at my desk screaming "WE MADE YOU!" at my laptop, but hey, to each his own.) Five out of five stars, as long as you come in with the right perspective!


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