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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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The day horror went into overdrive. 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)

Gross:

$7,433,663 (USA)
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In the film the character Brett says to the bible salesman "eat my shorts" under her breath, in fact Yeardly Smith's character (connie) plays the voice of Lisa simpson on the Simpsons who's brother Bart says that same tag line. See more »

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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

Man At Cashpoint: Honey! C'mon over here, Sugar-buns. This machine just called me an asshole!
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Referenced in Minimum Overdrive (2004) See more »

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Shake Your Foundations
Written by Angus Young, Malcolm Young and Brian Johnson
Performed by AC/DC
Written in 1985
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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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