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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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  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
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  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2004
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (730 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002B161E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,908 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Maximum Overdrive" on IMDb

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By Nicholas Rog on November 26, 2004
Format: DVD
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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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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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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This is not a good film in a traditional sense. You have to walk into this one expecting a ride rather than a legitimately well executed story and film. Though a lot of Steven King movies tend to benefit from the same mindset. This is a film where it helps to expect what the film crew thought was cool and put into the movie to be the bulk of the movie.

It's a movie where cars come alive. It's a bit like Christine, also written by Steven King. But on a more global scale. And more personality is given to the killer vehicles (and appliances, and pitching machines).

It's basically a zombie outbreak movie with cars. But it's less about the survivors knickers, and more just about the evil cars who keep a group of humans live to keep fueling them up.

The movie plays out as cheesy as it sounds. And it benefits from it. It's just a charming and entertaining movie from start to finish. And as I compared it to Christine earlier, I would say this movie is the polar opposite of that film adaptation. There's no creepy stalker element or tension to it. Just angry looking and sounding motor vehicles terrorizing people.

And to that end it works very well. As an entire package, the movie is an entertaining little romp. That's all I really asked from it, and I'm happy to say that's what I got from it.
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