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Aliens arrive, parking in a geostationary orbit over Nevada. Using powers unknown to us, they declare war, and use unmanned trucks as weapons.

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Chris Thomson

Writers:

Stephen King (short story), Brian Taggert (teleplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Timothy Busfield ... Ray
Brenda Bakke ... Hope
Aidan Devine ... Trucker Bob
Roman Podhora Roman Podhora ... Thad
Jay Brazeau ... Jack
Brendan Fletcher ... Logan
Amy Stewart ... Abby
Victor Cowie Victor Cowie ... George
Sharon Bajer Sharon Bajer ... June
Jonathan Barrett Jonathan Barrett ... Brad
Rick Skene ... Trucker Pete
Don Granbery Don Granbery ... Sheriff
Barbara Lee Edwards Barbara Lee Edwards ... TV Reporter
Gene Pyrz Gene Pyrz ... Refrigerator Truck Driver
Kirk Harper Kirk Harper ... Lino
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Storyline

A small town truck stop is taken over by driver-less trucks. Possibly caused by a toxic spill in the city. After the trucks cause numerous deaths, the remaining survivors (two teens, their fathers, and another lady citizen) are forced to escape the truck stop. They find it's very difficult to out-smart the trucks. Written by <casbeas@hotmail.com>

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U-Turn, U-Die!


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 October 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kuoleman rekat See more »

Filming Locations:

Gunton, Manitoba, Canada See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The Westway Refrigerated truck, the main adversary, is a Western Star. The Happy Toys truck in "Maximum Overdrive" is also a Western Star. See more »

Goofs

A female character attacks a truck with an ax, hitting it several times on the body with little effect, and then embeds the ax in the windshield, but then from an opposite camera angle we see a male character rescuing her and the windshield is clearly NOT affected by the ax. See more »

Quotes

Trucker Bob: I got a little present for ya!
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Connections

Version of Maximum Overdrive (1986) See more »

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Now here is something Michael Bay should be remaking!
27 May 2010 | by udar55See all my reviews

Stephen King's sole directorial effort MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE (1986) apparently wasn't silly enough (or didn't bomb hard enough) to kill the will of producers to remake his short story "Trucks" just over a decade later. In this incarnation, folks are held captive by the title beasts in a rustic truck stop run by Ray (Timothy Busfield). This was made-for- TV with a low budget and is decidedly less goofy so one has to wonder, "Why bother?" I mean, outside of the obvious, "We'll put Kings name on it and make a ton of money." The cast of mostly Canadians is fine and the illogical scenes are abound (if machines are turning on you, why is your plan to ride a motorcycle to steal a helicopter from the Army base? ). The funniest bit is a truck using its mirrors to spy on someone and then trying to play it off when someone catches it. And since when do cars with unexplained sentient powers need to see from the driver's viewpoint? There are a few gory and unrelated kill scenes that look like they were added in post-production, seemingly confirmed by an "additional scenes" end credit. Interestingly, they were produced by William (SCARECROWS) Wesley.


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