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A Shock to the System (1990)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Thriller  |  23 March 1990 (USA)
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When you think you're at the top of the corporate ladder and then discover they have managed to pull that ladder away, sometimes you have to take it upon yourself to 'level' the playing ... See full summary »

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Graham Marshall
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Stella Anderson
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Robert Benham
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Leslie Marshall
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Lt. Laker
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Melanie O'Conner
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George Brewster
Barbara Baxley ...
Lillian
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Tara Liston
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Henry Park
Kent Broadhurst ...
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Sam Schacht ...
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Christopher Durang ...
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When you think you're at the top of the corporate ladder and then discover they have managed to pull that ladder away, sometimes you have to take it upon yourself to 'level' the playing field, both professionally and personally. Michael Caine delivers an electrifying performance as Graham Marshall, who quickly catches onto the possibilities as he clears all the hurdles to occupy the corner office. Written by Edgy01

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Killing is easy... Getting away with it is murder. See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Thriller

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23 March 1990 (USA)  »

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$3,417,056 (USA)
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According to website Vicious Imagery, work began on this film version of of Simon Brett's source novel "following the success of Oliver Stone's Wall Street (1987)". See more »

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At 72:59 when Graham is following the secretary that has the envelope opened and wrapped again by Stella to the elevator a boom Mic is visible. See more »

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[first lines]
Graham Marshall: It all began one night when the lights went out.
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References Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) See more »

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Excellent little-known film
28 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am surprised that there are no comments on this film, as it is really a small gem dealing with corporate ladder-climbing. The two leads, Michael Caine and Peter Riegert, clash in their aspirations to ascend within their company, and the results of their competition are intriguing and entertaining to say the least. Michael Caine is excellent as always, using his unique ability to blend the deadly and the humorous together. Thus the film is leavened with ironic humor for a great blend of suspense and wit. The ending is the crowning touch. I recommend this film to anyone. It's on TV periodically, but best to see it on tape for full effect (I am not sure if it's available on DVD yet, but that's what I would hope for.)


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