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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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J. Don Ferguson ...
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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  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

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

While shooting the scene where the steamroller rampages across the baseball diamond, Stephen King requested that the SFX department place a bag of fake blood near the dummy of a young player who would be run over by it. The desired effect would be that a smear of blood would appear on the steamroller and be re-smeared on the grass over and over, like a printing press. While filming the scene, however, the bag of blood exploded too soon and sprayed everywhere, making it appear as if the boy's head had also exploded. King was thrilled with the results, but censors demanded the shot be cut. See more »

Goofs

When Bill and Handy are talking outside, after feeding the Trucks fuel, the camera and crew is reflected on the windows of the Dixie Boy. Then you can see an umbrella with people sitting under it. See more »

Quotes

Bill Robinson: You really going after Deke, man?
Duncan: Yeah.
Bill Robinson: Look here, how many fingers you see, huh? Eight? Twelve?
Duncan: Okay, so I got a little double vision, but it's clearin' up Bill. I gotta find my boy! I gotta! Anything could be goin' on out there! Chrissakes!
Hendershot: You leave here without punching out... and you ain't never gonna have to punch out again, Bubba.
Duncan: Good! You leave me alone you fat fuck!
Hendershot: [grabs him] Why you...
Bill Robinson: Don't! Leave him alone.
Hendershot: Or what?
Bill Robinson: Or I'll knock your teeth in... Bubba!
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Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)
Written by Angus Young, Malcolm Young and Brian Johnson
Performed by AC/DC
Written in 1981
Re-mixed for Maximum Overdrive
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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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