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A Shock to the System (1990)

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Graham Marshall already celebrates his anxiously awaited promotion in an advertising company, when he learns that Roger Benham, one of his subordinates, will be promoted instead of him. ... 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 ...
David Jones
Christopher Durang ...
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Graham Marshall already celebrates his anxiously awaited promotion in an advertising company, when he learns that Roger Benham, one of his subordinates, will be promoted instead of him. Frustrated that his hated life will never change, he starts a cunning ploy to take bloody revenge on everyone who humiliated him - starting with his unnerving wife. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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

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23 March 1990 (USA)  »

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A Shock to the System  »

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$3,417,056 (USA)
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The name of the large advertising company is unnamed in the film and never revealed. 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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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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