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Maximum Overdrive [DVD]

Emilio Estevez , Pat Hingle , Stephen King    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 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: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Momentum
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Sep 2003
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AGVQ5
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,438 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



"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 SF/horror tale isn't as awful as it's been described. King's script (based on his short story "Trucks") focuses on the patrons of a North Carolina truck stop, which comes under attack by a convoy of trucks and other machines animated by Earth's passage through the tail of a "rogue comet".

King's fans, tired of half-baked screen adaptations such as Cujo and Children of the Corn, expected a horror home run from Maximum Overdrive and instead got an old-fashioned drive-in movie filled with car crashes, cheapjack gore and fart jokes. Needless to say, they stayed away in droves; the film's failure helped ruin producer Dino De Laurentiis's DEG Films and forced King sheepishly to claim that he had created a modern-day Plan Nine from Outer Space. While the film is torpidly paced and often amateurishly acted, it's no worse than any direct-to-video thriller, and King's ear for dialogue occasionally shines through the gloom. Emilio Estevez and Pat Hingle register as a heroic cook and his black-hearted boss, respectively; the cast includes Yeardley Smith (Lisa Simpson's voice), Giancarlo Esposito and Marla Maples as a victim. --Paul Gaita,

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Stephen King's directorial debut concerns a comet which, when it passes too close to the Earth, causes all things mechanical develop a life of their own. As the machines leave behind a trail of destruction, a few human survivors trapped in a diner decide that they have to take positive action to destroy their formidable foe. Features original music by Australian rock giants AC/DC.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Hit 11 April 2008
Stephen King is a great if not the greatest horror writer alive today, but when it comes to the film adaptations of his books, I've always felt that they've been hit or miss. Thankfully Maximum Overdrive is not as bad as some people (critics) may want you to believe, and despite a few failing is beyond doubt a hit.

Based in North Carolina (as far as I can recall), the residents come under attack from a host of machines that have came 'alive' by the Earth passing into the path of a comet. Some people take cover in a diner / gas station but soon trucks of all nature start circling in a blood-thirsty-dance. The film has plenty going for it. There's car crashes, plenty of action and explosions, some gore, a good script with good dialogue, and it's actually very comical in places. If you have a darker sense of humour that is. One scene that comes to mind is with the soda machine on the baseball field, and of course the cash machine with attitude at the beginning of the film. While Maximum Overdrive is not scary as such, it's still a bit frightening in places and the AC/DC soundtrack was a welcome bonus, ideal for the tone of the film.

The acting from Emilio Estevez is great (not everyone will agree) but otherwise I felt that some of the acting for others is a bit poor in places "We made you...we made you!" You'll probably notice a few plot holes and errors but these are noting major are don't by any means ruin Maximum Overdrive. Still I felt that a few things could have been done better, hence only four stars.

But otherwise the film is enjoyable while being laid back and doesn't demand much from you. I'll admit that it's not the best Stephen King around, but it's still well worth a watch.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maximum Entertainment!! 28 July 2003
A fantastic movie with what seems to be a very small cast, then introducing Emilio Estevez, and a very young "Lisa Simpson" - Cuurrrtis, is he Daaayyyyd!! This is Stephen King not realising he's at his best! The exclusively AC/DC soundtrack ('Who Made Who' album!) is just perfect for the movie, every emotion & action felt through Angus Young & the lads amazing riffs, beats & bass lines! Who knew the ice-cream man would be so scary!! Now every time I hear it outside, I lock the door & cut the power! In all, For Those About to Be Shocked with this classic little-known movie, We Salute You!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch it. Watch it now. 7 Jan 2010
By seun
In the mid 80s, Stephen King set out to make the definitive version of a film of his epic story Trucks. Others had tried (Lucas, Kubrick, Spielberg, Hitchcock) and all failed. By their own admission, these filmmakers had failed on all counts by going over budget, over schedule and forced rewrites resulting in no less than fifty legendary actors retiring from the business due to exhaustion and insanity. To film Trucks, King knew there was only one man for the job: himself.

The resulting film was immediately crowned Greatest Film Ever Made. This story of rampaging trucks, toy cars, electric breadknives, lawnmowers and ice cream vans took over a billion dollars at the box office within the first weekend of its release, was nominated for twenty Academy Awards (and of course won all of them and another one for Best Film Ever), Emilio Estevez was made Grand Ruler of the Universe and the film became required viewing in all schools throughout the world.

King never directed again. There was no need. With this film of humanity taken to the brink by a lot of angry lorries, he had done the unthinkable: produced a work of art great enough to make God cry.

Maximum Overdrive. All other films are big girl's blouses. And the soundtrack rocks, too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Maximum Entertainment! 29 Aug 2008
If you like Stephen King type horror, AC/DC or Emilio Estevez then you will love this film!

As a child of the late sixties I saw this when it first came out in '86 and remembered it to be good. Only just found the DVD and now I know why! It is the first film actually directed by King and although the story is completely far fetched and somewhat cheesy, the way it is put together and shot with some odd camera angles make it very watchable. It is also surprisingly gory for a film of this era and includes death by some extremely weird methods including bridge, lawnmower and Coke can! as various machines run amok.

Also the soundtrack to the film is pretty much 100% hard rockin AC/DC which of course apawned the album "Who Made Who"... one of my faves!

Also worth mentioning is a great performance by a very young Esteves and the film also features the then unknown Yeardly "Lisa Simpson" Smith as Connie.

Great entertainment... glad I found it!

Enjoy... Mark
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Maximum Overdrive is really only worth 2 stars. However I grew up in the 80's and this film has remained very sentimental to me, so I gave the other star for this, and this only.

It's a shame that overall Maximum Overdrive fails to excite. We have a brilliant story of machines, though this is basically limited to trucks here taking over the world. We have a young Emilio Estevez and a devilish performance from Pat Hingle. There's also tons of stunts and the first ten minutes are just brilliant, so what exactly went wrong for this Stephen King directed film.

The biggest problem here is the poor editing of the movie, it's so choppy that it feels like the director and his staff were under a lot of pressure. There professionals so I can't have a go at them being young and naive. The story also has no flow, which is pretty fatal in my opinion.

To give an example of how the film could have been great is to look at an old episode of the classic show Twilight Zone. It's called 'Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up' Now the subject matter is quite different but the setting is the same. A group of people holding out in a cafe, no one enters no one leaves. Here though we are forced to be introduced to new people seeking help. In turn all of a sudden Estevez gets lucky when a pretty brunette shows up, cue sex scene, which in this type of movie just wasn't needed. And alas the tension is completely lost.

There is also no connection with the charcaters, there not dislikeable but neither are they likeable and that goes for our hero Estevez too.

Overdrive certaintly does have some stand out moments, though it seems a little off that King seems to have an obsession with seeing a child die in his movies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stephen King horror film
Cult Stephen King horror film starring the excellent Emilio Estevez fighting against raging trucks and other vehicles transformed by a passing comet. Recommend to others.
Published 5 days ago by Meerkat 1
4.0 out of 5 stars A Terribly Awesome Awful Film
Fans of the movie Christine must have surely been thrilled for the debut of Maximum Overdrive. Fans of Stephen King must have been even more excited to see his name listed as the... Read more
Published 20 days ago by anthony
3.0 out of 5 stars Sodas!! I'm buying.....
When the tail of a comet passes through Earth's atmosphere, machines develop minds of their own, turning on their creators in bloody rebellion. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. Corey S. Newcombe
4.0 out of 5 stars Bought for my brother
My brother has been looking for this for a while, he will be very happy with his stocking filler I hope!
Published 4 months ago by Sharon
4.0 out of 5 stars UK Optimum Dvd Release details.
For anyone interested, here's the UK Optimum Releasing Dvd details;

Running Time : 94 minutes
Aspect Ratio : 2.35:1
Audio : English 5. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Stephen Macdonald
5.0 out of 5 stars Cheesy
Cheesy, daft and dated, the acting isn't Royal Academy, but what Hollywood film is, it's a lot of mindless fun. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Helpless
3.0 out of 5 stars good film
very good film i tho i like maximum overdrive one off them film i could watch again and again i think
Published 9 months ago by robert
4.0 out of 5 stars "You can't do this! We made you!"
Called a "moron movie" by Stephen King, who adapted it from his short story "Trucks", Maximum Overdrive is gloriously silly. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jack Heslop
5.0 out of 5 stars great film
Fantastic film, I remembered watching this film as a child and after seeing it I couldn't resist adding this DVD to my collection. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Daniel williamson
1.0 out of 5 stars Indescribably Bad
Steven King's short sories are usually good, occasionally brilliant. This one (Trucks) is between good and very good. The film? Well, one star says it all.

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