Maximum Overdrive

1986

Stephen King
Director
De Laurentiis Entertainment Group
Studio

Comet passes too close to Earth, awakening all manner of mechnical devices, especially cars & trucks. Unfortunately for humans, they don't have very good intentions.

Loosely based on Stephen King's short story "Trucks," and also directed by him, this certainly isn't in any way a classic. It is, however, well aware of its B-movie status, and remains a cheerfully watchable slice of 1980s cheese. There is some wit on display (the ice cream truck playing "King of the Road," for example) but most of it is lost amidst said cheese. And a little less of Yeardley Smith would have been nice. . .Still, there are a lot worse Stephen King movies out there (cough, Graveyard Shift, cough)!

Gas is like 89 cents a gallon in this film, a fact more frightening than anything seen on screen. Hmmm. . .

-Dave W.



25th July 1986
Cinema




2.35:1


7th November 2006
DVD



98 mins
2.35:1




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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
Chris 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
Leon Rippy
Brad
Robert Gooden
Harry (as Bob Gooden)
R. Pickett Bugg
Rolf
Giancarlo Esposito
Video Gamer
Martin Tucker
2nd Man
Marla Maples
2nd Woman
Ned Austin
Bridgemaster
Richard Chapman Jr.
Helper
Bob Gunter
Coach
Bill Huggins
Umpire
Phil Adams
Bobby, Deke's Friend (uncredited)
Stunts
Christine Anne Baur
Dead woman on bridge (uncredited)
Stunts (as Christine Bauer)
Noah Bentley
Boy with Umpire
(uncredited)
Jock Brandis
Dump Truck Driver
(uncredited)
Chris Britton
Drive-Thru Machine Voice
(uncredited)
George Cox
Guy in Red Car on Bridge (uncredited)
Stunts
Hal Fishman
Anchorman Voice
(uncredited)
Robin Grathwol
White Tanker Truck Driver (uncredited)
Stunts
Gene Hartline
AC / DC Van Driver (uncredited)
Stunts
Kent Hays
Dead Pizza Guy (uncredited)
Stunts
Stephen King
Man at ATM
(uncredited)
Dick Langdon
Dump Truck Driver on Bridge (uncredited)
Stunts
Julius LeFlore
Guy Falling Off Motorcycle and Going
Through Car Window (uncredited)
Stunts
Denver Mattson
Dead Man Killed by Chainsaw (uncredited)
Stunts
Gary McLarty
Guy In AC / DC Van (uncredited)
Stunts
Ian McQue
Man in Drainage Ditch
(uncredited)
Bruce Moriarty
Dead Man on Porch Swing (uncredited)
Stunts
Elizabeth Mulfaxe
Dead Lady in Hedge
(uncredited)
Dean Mumford
Motorcycle Guy Sliding Off Drawbridge (uncredited)
Stunts
Bernie Pock
Dead Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)
Stunts
Glenn Randall Jr.
Dead Woman's Feet in Bushes (uncredited)
Stunt Coordinator
Connie Smith
Dead Woman in Car
(uncredited)
Milton Subotsky
Gray Van Driver
(uncredited)
Edgard Mourino
Stunts (uncredited)
(as Edgar Mourino)
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Kid Run Over by Steamroller
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Trucker
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Trucker
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Trucker

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