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Maximum Overdrive (1986)

A group of people try to survive when machines start to come alive and become homicidal.

Director:

Stephen King

Writers:

Stephen King (film by), Stephen King (written for the screen by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emilio Estevez ... Bill Robinson
Pat Hingle ... Hendershot
Laura Harrington ... Brett
Yeardley Smith ... Connie
John Short ... Curt
Ellen McElduff ... Wanda June
J.C. Quinn ... Duncan
Christopher Murney ... Camp Loman
Holter Graham ... Deke
Frankie Faison ... Handy
Pat Miller Pat Miller ... Joe
Jack Canon Jack Canon ... Max
Larry Parks Larry Parks ... Steve (as Barry Bell)
John Brasington 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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Taglines:

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


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 July 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Overdrive See more »

Filming Locations:

Supply, North Carolina, USA See more »

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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

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,433,663
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The title of the film is referenced in The Simpsons: Maximum Homerdrive (1999), in which Homer Simpson takes over a truck driver's delivery and finds out that his truck is controlled by an on board computer. Yeardley Smith, who plays Connie in the film, is the voice of Lisa Simpson in the show. See more »

Goofs

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. 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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Alternate Versions

King's thoughts and further info on these cuts can be read in the book "The Lost Work of Stephen King" by Stephen J. Spignesi. See more »

Connections

References Psycho (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Ride On
Written by Angus Young, Malcolm Young and Bon Scott
Produced by Harry Vanda, George Young
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Stephen King B-movie
21 February 2015 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

The earth passes through a comet's tail for over 8 days. Machines get angry and start acting up. Outside of Wilmington, North Carolina, a group of strangers get stranded at a gas station diner by marauding driverless trucks. Bill Robinson (Emilio Estevez) is the short-order cook and Bubba Hendershot (Pat Hingle) is the boss.

Stephen King directs his own movie. He's just not that good at it. It's competent at times but at other times, I wonder if he was trying to shot this like an old 3D movie. It is more on the campy B-movie side. This may make for a fair drive-in movie. It's a lot of random stunts. However don't look for any good acting or compelling dialog. Yeardley Smith is somewhat funny as the complaining wife. The best thing King does is to use AD/DC as his musical muse.


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