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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 ...
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Jack Canon ...
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Barry Bell ...
John Brasington ...
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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  »

Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

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

In the film the character Brett says to the bible salesman "eat my shorts" under her breath. Yeardley Smith's Lisa Simpson on The Simpsons (1989), whose brother Bart says that same tag line. See more »

Goofs

Signs visible throughout the movie list the price of diesel fuel at the Dixie Boy as $1.08 per gallon. Yet whenever the pumps are being used and the sale amount and gallons pumped are shown, the numbers work out to much less than $1 per gallon, actually just a miniscule amount over 56 cents per gallon. 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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Soundtracks

Hells Bells
Written by Angus Young, Malcolm Young and Brian Johnson
Produced by Robert John "Mutt" Lange
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AC/DC Songs Save The Movie
20 August 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is only decent if you are an AC/DC fan. This movie seems more like a 1 1/2 hour AC/DC music video than a movie.

I give the movie a 7 out of 10. One for the movie and 6 for AC/DC.

If they do a sequel, maybe they have all Blue Oyster Cult music.


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