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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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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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25 July 1986 (USA)  »

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Ocho días de terror  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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$7,433,663 (USA)
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The only Stephen King story turned into a movie to be directed by Stephen King. See more »

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At the kids baseball game, a steamroller bursts onto the field and the steering wheel falls off. Seconds later, as the machine is running over one of the players, the steering wheel is back on. See more »

Quotes

[seeing Hendershot's weapons stash]
Brett: Holy shit! You think he stole all this?
Bill Robinson: No, I think he bought it. That's what a guy like him does.
Brett: Buys things...?
Bill Robinson: Buy cheap and sell dear. It's the American way.
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Referenced in Minimum Overdrive (2004) See more »

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D.T.
Written by Angus Young and Malcolm Young
Performed by AC/DC
Written in 1986
Written especially for Maximum Overdrive
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"Who made Who?"
30 August 2002 | by (Kentucky) – See all my reviews

For those of us who like Maximum Overdrive, we are apparently in the minority. I view it as a funny and entertaining, B-grade action/sci-fi flick. There's mass destruction and tons of carnage as everything on-screen is blown to bits...plus it's got Emilio Estevez. What's better than that? The movie does require major suspension of disbelief as some of the story elements don't work (for example: the honeymooner's car works just fine, but every other machine on earth, from lawn-mowers, electric knives, trucks, and even steam-rollers, go haywire). But then again, this movie is all about fun. The best part of the movie (besides Emilio) is that no one is shown any sympathy...not even kids; in one stand-out scene, a steam-roller comes out of nowhere and completely squashes this innocent kid. Maximum Overdrive is a cool and outrageous cult classic that Stephen King should be proud of. Sadly, I feel that King will never direct again.

Note for genre buffs: C.H.U.D. alumni Frankie Faison and J.C. Quinn star in the movie. King himself also cameos as the ATM guy.


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