Maximum Overdrive

Revealing mistake: When the ice-cream van is being shot at the end of the film, for a single shot you can see the driver sitting in it.

David Mercier

Revealing mistake: During the scene where Curt and Connie stop at the gas station, When Curt jumps to avoid the tow truck, you can see the dead gas station attendant (or possibly a crew member) laying down. When the truck skids to a stop you can briefly see him get up and move around behind the bushes to the left.


Revealing mistake: At the end of the movie when the survivors are sailing on the boat, the guy piloting it is Steve's stunt double because he has straight hair and is a completely different actor. In the next shot it's Steve piloting the boat.

Revealing mistake: During the bridge scene when the gray van crushes the red Chevette, if you look to the right of the screen a dummy is visible in the ACDC van.


Revealing mistake: When the trucks start circling the Dixie Boy the red garbage truck hits a telephone booth. A human arm is visible, you can also see an arm in the orange Bic truck when it cuts into the blue 15 truck.

Revealing mistake: After Hendershot blows up the two trucks, Brett runs into the door. It's very obvious the glass was removed and replaced with plastic because it makes a plastic sounding noise and wobbles.

Revealing mistake: When the red Autocar garbage truck hits the bible salesman's car, you can see a harness holding the two front tires in place for the truck to make the car fishtail.

Revealing mistake: When Hendershott is shot after shooting the bulldozer, you can see the blood packs used under his shirt.

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Revealing mistake: When the lawn mower starts itself and tries to pursue Deke, from the back, the front wheels are on the ground and rolling. From the front angle, the front wheels are off the ground. There is a piece of material on the front that was added to hide the steering rig used to make it turn to chase Deke, but the rig's wheels are just visible.

Robert Cotton

Revealing mistake: When the trucks start circling the Dixie Boy the blue truck turns in front of the orange Bic truck if you look real close you can see a hand on the steering wheel turning the blue truck. (00:15:00)

Revealing mistake: In the shot after the motorcyclist falls into the water, the camera shakes and you can also see something lifting the cameraman up.

Revealing mistake: After the waitress gets cut with the knife, she leans on the grill, it makes a sizzling sound and yet she doesn't get burned.

Revealing mistake: When the Miller beer semi hits the car the second time, you can see the truck's exhaust stack isn't connected.

Movie Nut

Visible crew/equipment: In the closeup shots of the soda cans shooting out, you can very clearly see the the two hoses which are making the sodas shoot out.

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Curtis: We gotta get some gas.
Connie: That's good, because I got to go to the ladies room.
Curtis: Can I come in and watch?
Connie: No, you cannot come in and watch.
Curtis: Damn.

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Trivia: Stephen King makes an appearance in the beginning of the film trying to use an ATM that malfunctions.


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Question: Why is it that the machines they used to fight back didn't try to attack the humans? The military vehicle had a .50 cal machine gun that shot AT them, but their guns seemed to work just fine.


Answer: It should be noted, the ending title cards seems to set it up so there are no plot holes and answers any "why" questions (which, intentional or not by King, can be debated). While the opening premise is the comet's close pass by Earth caused all machines to turn on people, at the end, the Russians blew up a UFO 2 days later, suggesting that it was the aliens controlling the machines. Bill suggests aliens are trying to wipe out humanity (although at that point he's just guessing and had no evidence of an alien or UFO present), but it can be debated the actual premise was that aliens were just testing or experimenting on people.


Answer: The movie is infamous for its plot holes, among them this one, and "How come cars didn't start attacking people"? From the story point of view we can surmise that the M60 is part of the vehicle's structure, while hand-held weaponry stay inert.

Jukka Nurmi

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