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Maximum Overdrive is a 1986 film directed by Stephen King. It is based on King's short story "Trucks" from his collection of short stories Night Shift. King also wrote the screen adaptation of this film, shot in Wilmington, North Carolina in 1986. It was his first and (if the film's critical and commercial reception is anything to go by) presumably last attempt at directing a movie.
The film is about machines spontaneously becoming sentient and attempting to enslave the human race. Maximum Overdrive stars Emilio Estevez, with Yeardley Smith, later to become the voice of Lisa Simpson in the animated cartoon series The Simpsons. The film also contains Pat Hingle and a cameo appearance of a screaming Marla Maples (pre-Donald Trump) getting hit with a watermelon.
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