Maximum Overdrive

July 25th, 1986


Maximum Overdrive

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

Release Year: 1986

Rating: 4.9/10 (11,679 voted)

Director: Stephen King

Stars: Emilio Estevez, Pat Hingle, Laura Harrington

For 8 days in 1986, the earth passed through the tail of a mysterious Rea-M rogue comet. During that time, machines on earth suddenly come to life and terrorize their human creators. A small group of people in a truck stop, surrounded by "alive" semi-trailers, set out to stop the machines before the machines stop them.

Writers: Stephen King, Stephen King

Emilio Estevez - Bill Robinson
Pat Hingle - Bubba Hendershot
Laura Harrington - Brett
Yeardley Smith - Connie
John Short - Curtis
Ellen McElduff - Wanda June
J.C. Quinn - Duncan Keller
Christopher Murney - Camp Loman
Holter Graham - Deke Keller
Frankie Faison - Handy
Pat Miller - Joe
Jack Canon - Max
Barry Bell - Steve Gayton
John Brasington - Frank
J. Don Ferguson - Andy

Taglines: Who Made Who?

Release Date: 25 July 1986

Filming Locations: North Carolina Film Studios, Wilmington, North Carolina, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $3,205,644 (USA) (27 July 1986)

Gross: $7,433,663 (USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Director Cameo: [Stephen King] man at whom the ATM swears.

Crew or equipment visible: In the scene where Curt and Connie are attempting to get into the truck stop, the beer truck is ramming their car after they are freed from it. The driver of the beer truck is visible for a few seconds.

Man At Cashpoint: [First lines]
[as the ATM machine is calling him an asshole]
Man At Cashpoint: Honeybun! This machine just called me an asshole!

User Review

"Who made Who?"


For those of us who like Maximum Overdrive, we are apparently in the minority. I view it as a funny and entertaining, B-grade action/sci-fi flick. There's mass destruction and tons of carnage as everything on-screen is blown to it's got Emilio Estevez. What's better than that? The movie does require major suspension of disbelief as some of the story elements don't work (for example: the honeymooner's car works just fine, but every other machine on earth, from lawn-mowers, electric knives, trucks, and even steam-rollers, go haywire). But then again, this movie is all about fun. The best part of the movie (besides Emilio) is that no one is shown any sympathy...not even kids; in one stand-out scene, a steam-roller comes out of nowhere and completely squashes this innocent kid. Maximum Overdrive is a cool and outrageous cult classic that Stephen King should be proud of. Sadly, I feel that King will never direct again.

Note for genre buffs: C.H.U.D. alumni Frankie Faison and J.C. Quinn star in the movie. King himself also cameos as the ATM guy.


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