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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Bill Robinson
... Hendershot
... Brett
... Connie
John Short ... Curt
Ellen McElduff ... Wanda June
... Duncan
... Camp Loman
... Deke
... Handy
Pat Miller ... Joe
Jack Canon ... Max
Larry Parks ... Steve (as Barry Bell)
John Brasington ... Frank
J. Don Ferguson ... Andy
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Storyline

When Earth passes through the tail of Rea-M rogue comet, the machines come to life and start to kill mankind. A group of survivors is under siege from fierce trucks at the Dixie Boy truck stop 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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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,205,644, 27 July 1986

Gross USA:

$7,433,663
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In Maximum Overdrive they talk about going to an island named Haven where there are no cars. In 2010 on Syfy a TV show called Haven premiered like, Maximum Overdrive, it too is based on Kings work and in the season 2 episode "Love Machine" cars and boats are seen coming to life attacking humans much like they did in Maximum Overdrive. See more »

Goofs

You do not reload the M72 anti-tank grenade launcher. It is a one-time-only weapon designed to be tossed away after use. 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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Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: Dreamcatcher (2016) See more »

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Hells Bells
Written by Angus Young, Malcolm Young and Brian Johnson
Produced by Robert John "Mutt" Lange
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Just the soundtrack makes it worth watching !
10 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

I really cannot understand why this movie has such a bad overall rating. According to me a movie doesn't have to have a great plot or so to be appealing. First of all I like the movie for the soundtrack by AC/DC. Actually, I learned to know the music of them by watching this movie. The 'Who made Who' theme song conducts the beginning of the movie excellent when a traffic bridge is starting to open beyond human control. The same goes for the other songs in the movie - they really add. Secondly I like the movie for the humor in it. It's not a comedy but some scenes made me laugh - like the bible sales man who gets mad when his car is hit by a truck and he runs outside the roadhouse - cursing like hell; the truck hits him into a sewer and his shoes stay behind. Or the beginning of the movie in which you see a guy withdrawing money from an ATM and on the screen the message appears 'you're an *sshole'. 'Sugar buns, this thing is calling me an *sshole !' If you watch closely you might also notice just before this scene a digital clock on the building on which the time changes into F*CK YOU. Maybe I'm just simple but I like the movie. Better than some not understandable romantic drama if you'd ask me.


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