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Maximum Overdrive (1986) Poster

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Continuity 

When the main Truck backs up, knocking the Bible Salesman into a ditch there is no blood. But as the Truck is pulling away there is blood all over the back of the trailer.
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When the brown truck starts and a shot first shows the interior, it is the interior of the Mack that later attacks the couple on the highway. Another shot of the brown truck's interior shows it is clearly not the Mack, meaning that it was just repeated footage.
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In one scene, the bulldozer at the Dixie Boy Gas station is blown up and immobilized. At the end of the movie, it's back up and running, destroying the gas station and a car without any problems.
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At the kids baseball game, a steamroller bursts onto the field and the steering wheel falls off. Seconds later, as the machine is running over one of the players, the steering wheel is back on.
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When the coach starts to fall over, a third soda can hits him in the face but there's no wound or blood. When the boy crawls over to him, we see a perfect hole and blood everywhere.
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When the steamroller is running over the boy he covers his face before it runs over him but as it's running over him his arms are by his side.
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During the action that precedes the truck striking the Bible salesman and sending him flying, we see footage of him running away from the vehicle. When the two actually collide, it appears as though the Bible salesman is running into the truck, rather than the truck striking him from behind.
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At the end of the movie Brad walks up and takes a ring from a dead woman's finger, leaning his gun up against the side of the car. The gun is tall enough to be seen through the rear driver-side window but in the next shot from the rear of the car the gun is gone.
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When Duncan is killed by the Truck there is blood all over the front grill and bumper. Later you see the Truck and there is no blood.
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When Duncan is killed by the Truck there is a little bit of blood all over the front grill and bumper. Moments later you see the Truck and there is a lot of blood.
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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.
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When the bridge starts going up on its own, it's fairly high. Then we cut to a shot of a truck in the middle and the level of the bridge has dropped considerably - it's almost level. Then we cut back to longs shots and the bridge is at its original higher elevation.
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When Wanda is killed by the gun turret buggy, she fires off the M72 anti-tank launcher which hits and destroys a tractor trailer. This shouldn't have happened, since the M72 is a single shot weapon, and it had not been reloaded since Mr Hendershot fired it at the Bulldozer a few seconds previously.
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When Wanda fires off the M72 during her death scene, it shows it firing while angled upwards. It then cuts to a shot of the rocket hitting a tractor trailer at a far lower (near horizontal) angle.
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At the end when the Dixie Boy survivors are leaving on the boat the person piloting the vessel has wavy hair, is wearing a blue shirt with a shoulder holster and was never in the film at any point. In the next shot the vessel is being piloted by Steve with his curly hair and Dixie Boy jumpsuit.
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During the baseball diamond scene, when the boy riding the bicycle falls off in front of the scoreboard, his head is toward the scoreboard and the bicycle, tangled in his feet, is behind him. When the steam roller busts through the scoreboard, it should have run over his head first, and then his feet and the bike. Instead, it runs over his bike and feet first, and then his head.
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When the M-60 is pulling up to the Dixie Boy, the horn is different to when it is giving the message in Morse code.
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Crew or equipment visible 

(at around 1 min) When all of the trucks at the diner start to come alive, you can see the reflection of the crew in the back of a red car on the right of the screen.
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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.
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When the camera is in front of the Goblin truck, you can see the reflection of the camera car in the shiny bumper.
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In the scene where Curt and Connie are attempting to get into the truck stop, the beer truck is ramming their car after they are freed from it. The driver of the beer truck is visible for a few seconds.
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After the truck explodes, Curtis and Connie stop to watch and take a breather. As they do, the crew and lights can be seen in the chrome on the side of their side view mirror.
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Errors in geography 

The image of the earth shown at the beginning of the movie is reversed.
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Factual errors 

You do not reload the M72 anti-tank grenade launcher. It is a one-time-only weapon designed to be tossed away after use.
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The gun mounted on top of the motorized turret can not be controlled by the turret as shown when the turret comes alive. The gun is a separate item mounted on top of the turret, not part of the turret's mechanical system.
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A caption at the start gives the time, to the exact second, of the passage of the Earth through the extraordinarily diffuse tail of a comet. Such precision cannot be achieved, due to the impossibility of defining the start & end of the transit.
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The M60 fires too many rounds when it fires at the people in the Dixie Boy. The Belt of ammunition does not have that many rounds in it.
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Plot holes 

The comet entity can make weaponry operate/shoot like the machine gun and electric knife. The arsenal of guns in the basement and rocket launcher doesn't work, however
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Revealing mistakes 

In the scene with the pop machine, you can see the launch tube that hurl out the cans at high velocity.
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After the electric knife attacks Wanda the waitress, she leans her elbow on the grill, but she doesn't burn herself.
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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.
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When Curtis shoots the ice cream truck, a human driver can briefly be seen at the wheel.
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When the Coach walks up to the soda machine the kids wait behind him in a group. In the background you can see a person standing in the field. It appears that this person is not supposed to be in the movie.
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When the old red Mack truck flies off the road flames appear underneath it before impact.
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When the Lawnmower comes after Deke, the two front tires are not flat on the ground.
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The boy rides by manual sprinklers that turn on by themselves; they can only be turned on at the spigot, which has no electric/mechanical parts.
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When the cans of pop started hitting the kids and they start running away, a can hits #7 (right side of the screen) and it takes him some time before he grabs his head and falls dead.
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When Bill gets called into Mr. Hendershot's office to discuss his time card the clock behind Bill says 10:06 (and approx 10 seconds). The clock is broken and reads the same time the entire scene including the second hand.
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When Deke is riding his bike down the street on the ground you can see the camera cars tire tracks. This is only visible in the wet parts of the street.
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After the electric knife attacks the waitress and the cook beats it with a hammer, the 9V battery installed by the propmaster to power the prop is clearly visible in several cuts.
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When Curtis and Connie first get to the gas station and find the attendant dead you can see his back moving due to him breathing and not doing a good job of acting dead.
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Hendershot shoots a rocket launcher at two trucks, but you never see the rockets in the air going towards the trucks. You just see them explode.
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Diesel is incorrectly spelled "disel" on the gas pump at the first service station the newlywed couple stop at.
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