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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.



(short story "Trucks"),
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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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Release Date:

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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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 »


At the beginning of the film, the caption reads EST, however since the "comet" occurs in June, it would already be EDT as Daylight Savings Time would have begun on Sunday, April 27th. See more »


Bill Robinson: Jesus is coming and he is pissed!
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References The Breakfast Club (1985) See more »


All these songs are available on a soundtrack album called
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Extremely stupid but entertaining junk movie.
26 August 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

When an invisible force of Aliens takes over the world in over a week. The force uses the machines to attack on the whole population of the world. The force uses all kinds of things, especially-Trucks. When Citizens and Co-Workers of the Dixie Boy Truck Stop, the people ended up fighting for their lives.

Written & Directed by Stephen King (Screen-writer of Cat's Eye, Silver Bullet, Sleepwalkers) made a dumb but entertaining film. The film's stars:Emilio Estevez, Pat Hingle, Laura Harrington and Yeardley Smith (Who voiced Lisa Simpson in the animated hit show "The Simpsons"). This was a box office flop on it's release. This is still today, extremely underrated but it's not the worst-Stephen King film yet.

DVD has an sharp anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1) transfer and an digitally remastered-Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. The Laserdisc Edition has an commentary track by King. Too bad, the Anchor Bay DVD doesn't have his commentary. DVD extras are Stephen King Bio and an excellent funny trailer.

The Canadian DVD from Vivendi ("Universal") has an good anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1) transfer and an fine Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. The campy trailer is included as well. It's worth seeing for Stephen King fans and Curious Viewers. King had to cut 11 seconds to not get an X-Rating. Great rock score by AC/DC. Joe Dunton Camera Widescreen. (J-D-C Scope). (****/*****).

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