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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

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John Short ...
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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 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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Imagine your worst nightmare: machines take over the world! See more »


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25 July 1986 (USA)  »

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Overdrive  »

Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,205,644 (USA) (27 July 1986)

Gross:

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

When asked why he hasn't directed a movie since "Maximum Overdrive", Stephen King responded "Just watch Maximum Overdrive." See more »

Goofs

When the diesel pump goes feral and sprays Duncan in the face, the fuel that comes out of the nozzle is a dirty gray-black in color. Raw, undyed diesel fuel's color ranges from clear to light amber; the Dixie Boy's pumps would have been full of undyed diesel, since the government hadn't mandated dying it different colors for different uses. Even when coloring of diesel fuel became law, the three colors were red, white (clear/yellow), and blue. 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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Connections

Referenced in Undergrads: Identity Crisis (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Chase The Ace
Written by Angus Young and Malcolm Young
Performed by AC/DC
Written in 1986
Written especially for Maximum Overdrive
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just for fun
15 July 1999 | by (anaheim, ca) – See all my reviews

Yes its stupid, yes its dumb, yes its whatever negative word you might wanna say, but if you want silly action, this is for you. After a comet passes over earth it leaves some of its demonic haze surrounding the planet. This particular haze takes control of machines, making them deadly killers (for whatever reason). A group of people trying to stay alive hold up at the Dixie Boy truck stop. Some dumb enough to stray from the inside get knocked off, others devise a plan to escape someplace where they can wait out the possession of the comet. Its not the most complex of plots of course, but if you like watching stuff get blown up or people hit by cars or trucks, or watching little leaguers getting neatly pressed by steamrollers, this delivers. (Yes, really, a steamroller).


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