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Maximum Overdrive

Master manipulator Stephen King, making his directoral debut from his own script, fails to create a convincing enough environment to make the kind of nonsense he's offering here believable or fun.

Master manipulator Stephen King, making his directoral debut from his own script, fails to create a convincing enough environment to make the kind of nonsense he’s offering here believable or fun.

King starts out with a small-town idyll soon disrupted by a mindless revolt of trucks. He collects a typical mix of rednecks, good old boys, restless youth, drifters and the decent folk in a small corner of North Carolina where they hole up at a truck stop as the trucks stampede.

Truck stop is run as if it were a feudal fiefdom, complete with arsenal, by redneck despot Pat Hingle who gives an amusing performance as a true screen swine. Also on hand is Emilio Estevez as a cook in bondage to Hingle by virtue of his probation from the pen, but he’s gone to college and is really a good kid.

Maximum Overdrive

  • Production: De Laurentiis. Director Stephen King; Producer Martha Schumacher; Screenplay Stephen King; Camera Armando Nannuzzi; Editor Evan Lottman; Music AC/DC; Art Director Giorgio Postiglione
  • Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1986. Running time: 97 MIN.
  • With: Emilio Estevez Pat Hingle Laura Harrington Yeardley Smith John Short Ellen McElduff
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