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Maximum Overdrive
Maximum Overdrive
Actors: Emilio Estevez, Pat Hingle, R. Pickett Bugg, Jack Canon, Giancarlo Esposito
Genres: Horror
R     2001     1hr 37min

"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 i...  more »


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Actors: Emilio Estevez, Pat Hingle, R. Pickett Bugg, Jack Canon, Giancarlo Esposito
Genres: Horror
Sub-Genres: Horror
Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 04/10/2001
Original Release Date: 07/25/1986
Theatrical Release Date: 07/25/1986
Release Year: 2001
Run Time: 1hr 37min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 26
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
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Member Movie Reviews

Keith A. (Keefer522)
Reviewed on 5/24/2013...
Stephen King's first (and last) attempt at directing a film, based on his own short story "Trucks," tells the tale of machines becoming sentient and homicidal when Earth passes thru the tail of a "rogue comet." A group of travelers - including Emilio Estevez, Pat "Commissioner Gordon" Hingle and Yeardley "Lisa Simpson" Smith - are trapped in a Southern truck stop by a gang of vicious tractor trailers and have to figure out how to escape while the machines pick them off one by one.

Put it to you this way: Stephen King has famously disowned his work on the film, saying that he was "coked out of his mind" at the time and therefore had no business directing a movie... and believe me, it shows. Plot holes, awkward dialogue, and "WTF?" moments abound. On the other hand, lotsa stuff blows up and the soundtrack is by AC/DC. The movie's an absolute mess but it's SO much damn fun!
Virginia M. from SIERRA VISTA, AZ
Reviewed on 9/27/2011...
Classic Sci Fi, one of Stephen Kings best. Simple plot good acting and music. If you look closely you can even see the humor in it.
It's a movie you keep coming back to.
Chad B. (abrnt1) from CABERY, IL
Reviewed on 3/18/2011...
Stephen King wrote & directed this film based on his short story Trucks. The machines have declared war on mankind. This movie is a blast. Forget logic and reason. This movie's purpose is to showcase over-the-top set pieces. A Pop Machine slaughters a Little League Team. An ATM calls Stephen King an asshole. AC/DC music plays on the soundtrack throughout. Pure entertainment and nothing else.

Movie Reviews

Better than you would think
Nicholas Rog | Chicago, IL | 11/26/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"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!!!"
Great Movie!! No Extras to Brag About!!
Throbbin' Hood | Limbo | 08/06/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I loved this movie as a kid, and still love it now! Such a classic that deserves more extra junk than it's getting on the DVD treatment. I gotta admit, though: the new cover is an improvement over the abortion they used in the theaters and VHS cover, though I do miss the body hanging out of the grill as in an earlier version.

This was adapted and directd by my fave, Steve King. Though I'm not too crazy about the soundtrack (Who Made Who), the movie still holds up well today...despite it's cheese-factor.

Oh, and I loved the scene where the dork gets blasted in the eyes with gasoline, and then later gets his head squashed by the truck; dude should have stayed home that day!"
Totally awesome in all the wrong ways.
Kimby The Chomp | 09/10/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"people say that this movie is stupid and a pittiful attempt at making a good story a movie. to tell you the truth, i find it awesome, but for all the wrong reasons. this movie is completely hilarious! the special effects are so bad that you can't help but laugh. a truck backs into a guy at 2 miles an hour, and blood splatters everywhere. a steam roller mows down a field of little leaguers, who cant seem to run fast enough to escape the "mighty" speed of such a slow machine. somehow, there is convienently a little go-kart looking thing that has an automatic weapon on it. if you are looking for a SERIOUS film, this is definately not for you. but if you enjoy berating and laughing at awful movies, this one is sure to provide an evening of disgustingly hilarious entertainment."