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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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Handy
Pat Miller ...
Joe
Jack Canon ...
Max
Larry Parks ...
Steve (as Barry Bell)
John Brasington ...
Frank
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 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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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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Overdrive  »

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Box Office

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

Stephen King originally wanted to cast Bruce Springsteen in the lead. 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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Connections

Referenced in Minimum Overdrive (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Ride On
Written by Angus Young, Malcolm Young and Bon Scott
Produced by Harry Vanda, George Young
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User Reviews

 
A guilty pleasure.
7 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

Oh, how I wished I hated this movie. However, I don't...I actually enjoy this movie a lot. All the critics hate it, most people I talk to hate it, but I like it. Maybe it is the cool AC/DC soundtrack...I don't know. The action is pretty good and there are some pretty good kills in this one, though it isn't anything that is very scary at all. A couple of the scenes are annoying, but for the most part I enjoy this take on the King short story "Trucks". This one has the machines of the world suddenly turning on humans, though in the end it is mainly trucks that are featured. Survivors at a gas station are stranded there as the trucks circle the facility. They have to find a way out or else. This isn't a movie that is worthy of awards or something, but I think it is a fun movie to watch.


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