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Maximum Overdrive (1986)

Emilio Estevez , Pat Hingle , Stephen King  |  R |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (205 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Emilio Estevez, Pat Hingle, Laura Harrington, Yeardley Smith, John Short
  • Directors: Stephen King
  • Writers: Stephen King
  • Producers: Dino De Laurentiis, Don Levin, Martha De Laurentiis, Mel Pearl, Milton Subotsky
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2004
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (205 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002B161E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,753 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Maximum Overdrive" on IMDb

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"I'm gonna scare the hell out of you," intones Stephen King in the trailer for his sole directorial effort, the much-maligned Maximum Overdrive. While the end result doesn't live up to that boast, this sci-fi/horror tale isn't as awful as it's been

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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than you would think November 26, 2004
I have been watching this movie since I was about 7 years old and still never get tired of it. I have probably seen it about 150 times and continue to find enjoyment. There is a review posted that completly bashes this movie and basically tells readers not to waste their time. Well, I have to disagree. While the mvie is not nearly as good as the book(are they ever???), it still has strong entertainment value.

First, it humorous and not because it's cheesy, but because it is funny! The dialgoue between characters, the situations they are put in and the reactions some have to the machines taking over; are all reasons to watch this movie.

The acting might not be the best, but by no means, is it bad. Emilio Estevez is our main character, and does a fine job as Bubba, an ex-convict, short-order diner cook. His boss(who's name I can't remember), plays your typical Texan in charge of his business, who amazingly has a secret stash of bazookas and guns below the diner(perfect for antagonizing the trucks outside). I also love the newlyweds in this movie. I believe their names are Curtis and Connie and they are a ball of laughs.

Honestly folks, this movie is very entertaining and suitable for younger kids to watch. There really aren't many scares(I was never afraid to watch this movie as a child), but there is mild gore and a few thrilling moments.

Great job Mr. King!!!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE March 30, 2001
MAXIMUM OVERDRIVE is a funny, gory, end of the world thriller from Stephen King (who directs for the first time from one of his published short stories). The story is about a comet that flies across the Earth, and after that, machines all over the world begin to come to life and take on a life force of there own (cars and trucks run down innocent people, electric knives cut there victims, soda pop machines shoot soda cans out like grenades, etc.). The main part of the story takes place at a gas station where the machines have people trapped inside, fighting for there lives, and figuring out a way to escape. The music to this movie is nothing but memorable songs from the great rock band AC/DC.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masculine Overdrive!!! AC/DC ROCKS!!! September 26, 2002
By Robb
How could anyone in their right mind give this a review of anything less than 5 stars???Ok, ok...Maybe I'm a little biased being that I'm one of the biggest AC/DC fans in the whole world. But besides that, How could you have not loved this flick? First off... The box itself warns you on the cover A: Steven King flick and B: AC/DC does the entire soundtrack. So there, you've been warned... if you don't like either one of those, you had no business renting/buying/viewing the movie. The film itself differs from your typical King story(Not to mention it was written for the screen)... It was a simple concept yet, a fun concept: Virtually anything with a motor or electronic circuitry with the potential to maim and/or kill life on earth is brought to animation by a mysterious green glow sent out by alien life forms awaiting to take over the soon to be vacant planet!!! And so the story goes, 10-15 people are trapped in the Dixie Boy truck stop in either North or South Carolina (I forget which)with nothing but brains, beer and a small yet sufficient cache of weapons, including but not limited to: Machine guns, bazookas/rocket launchers and grenades!!! If they can hold out long enough against the army of diesel trucks that surrounds them, they just might make it out alive!!! Oh, and did I mention that AC/DC does the entire soundtrack?!?! Which,might I add, if you were to only own one AC/DC album, it should be "Who made who?" the Official soundtrack to this monster of a movie!! Personally, I can watch this movie anytime and it makes my day a whole lot better...of course, to each is own. Not to mention that I am kind of a redneck. Bottom line though,whether your a King fan,an AC/DC fan, or just a fan of Big trucks, rednecks, guns and beer with a whole lotta explosions... Buy this movie, you won't be dissapointed!!! Until then...Adios Amigos!..............thebluetape...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maximum Overdrive: A cult classic! September 3, 2005
By Zack H.
Ah, this movie is such a classic. From the hilarious scene to where a character named Connie asks her boyfriend: "Curtis....are you DAY-YED!!!!", to a little league baseball team getting hit by flying soda cans (the coach takes one of 'em in the crotch - HAHA!). Also, the soundtrack is by AC/DC (which, by the way, you can buy the soundtrack on CD. It's titled "Who Made Who?"). King's only directorial film is an underrated gem. The film's plot: For a week in 1987, a mysterious comet was floating over Earth. During this week, we have truck stop customers and employees, led by Emilio Estevez (who plays a cook in this movie), trying to stay alive when automobiles and appliances come "alive" and start killing people.

Stephen King was forced to make some cuts to this film in order to avoid an X rating for violence. The scenes cut, to this day have not been reinstated in any release, thus the only version in circulation is the original theatrical cut. The scenes are reported to total around 13 seconds and include:
- Six Seconds of the Dixie Boy shoot out.
- Three seconds of the steam roller running over the boy.
- Three seconds of the salesman's face falling into his lap.

Based on Stephen King's novel "Trucks", this film will satisfy any King or horror movie fan. Check it out.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars maximum overdrive is out of print
Maxamum overdrive was a movie i saw when i was a kid so i bought the vhs and then i had the dvd but i lost it so i wanted to get another copy at the store but they told it was out... Read more
Published 1 month ago by thomas henry
5.0 out of 5 stars Old School fun
Lots of old school actors. Definitely a "B" movie that people of today would have a good chuckle with (as I did reminiscing). Read more
Published 1 month ago by Richard E. Askew
5.0 out of 5 stars scary and creepy
I have bought this movie for my son love this so much. He had watching this for 3rd time. I'm glad that I've bought for him.
Published 1 month ago by Vicki E. Newport
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy here bad DVDs
Doesn't work tried DVD in five different players shame someone scams ya on a classic movie such as this percent on his reviews absolutely wrong
Published 1 month ago by Michael A Scott
3.0 out of 5 stars Price doesn't make sense.
Why is this movie,which is almost 30 years old,between 30 and 40 dollars? This movie should be 7 or 8 dollars at the most. Lower your prices please,Amazon. Read more
Published 2 months ago by tatum Gammon
4.0 out of 5 stars Missimg the Point
I believe some of the negative reviewers are missing the point of this movie. This wasn't meant to be taken seriously. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mickey
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
i rented this in the 80s when it first came out. had copyed it on good ol vhs. i still have the tape around . it still plays. anyway this is a really good movie . stephin king. Read more
Published 3 months ago by mike h
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF MY FAVORITE MOVIES
I grew up watching horror movies, and as a child I absolutely LOVED this movie!!!! Stephan King is a genius and this movie just more so proves that point!
Published 5 months ago by Blondie92
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT movie if you like Stephen king
I'm not sure, but I think this was Stephen King's FIRST movie and it's kind of "Cheesy", but if you like Stephen king and his movies, it's not bad. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Alfred Arment
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have
Great music, you can't beat AC/DC, and movie isn't bad either! Premise is possible??? but it should be on every ones watch list.
Published 6 months ago by Sandy
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