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A Shock to the System (1990)

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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
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Lillian
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Tara Liston
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Henry Park
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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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Climbing the corporate ladder can be murder. See more »

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23 March 1990 (USA)  »

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Abrakadabra  »

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$3,417,056 (USA)
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The film was selected to screen at the Deauville Film Festival in 1990 where the movie and director Jan Egleson were nominated for the Critics Award. See more »

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A detective questions Michael Caine's secretary and writes down his telephone number on a piece of notepad paper for her. Later, when she decides to call him, she has his business card. 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 (1978) See more »

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Caine makes it his own
27 October 2003 | by (Houston) – See all my reviews

A charming black comedy. I first saw this on cable around 1991, (had never heard of it, even though it did apparently have a theatrical release) and that's when I really saw the acting genius of Michael Caine. He took a basically inconsequential film, in which he was arguably miscast (being a Brit), and turned it into a really good, enjoyable movie. You root for his character despite his wickedness. Honorable mention to the lovely Elizabeth McGovern. Check it out. Grade: B+


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