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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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Pat Miller ...
Joe
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Max
Larry Parks ...
Steve (as Barry Bell)
John Brasington ...
Frank
J. Don Ferguson ...
Andy
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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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Stephen King's masterpiece of terror directed by the master himself. See more »


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25 July 1986 (USA)  »

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Ocho días de terror  »

Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,205,644 (USA) (27 July 1986)

Gross:

$7,433,663 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In Maximum Overdrive they talk about going to an island named Haven where there are no cars. In 2010 on Syfy a TV show called Haven premiered like, Maximum Overdrive, it too is based on Kings work and in the season 2 episode "Love Machine" cars and boats are seen coming to life attacking humans much like they did in Maximum Overdrive. See more »

Goofs

In the close-ups of the pop machine, you can see the launch tube that hurl out the cans at high velocity. 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 Castle: The Fifth Bullet (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Sink the Pink
Written by Angus Young, Malcolm Young and Brian Johnson
Produced by Angus Young, Malcolm Young
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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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