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A Shock to the System (1990)

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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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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
Graham Marshall: It all began one night when the lights went out.
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Connections

Referenced in Kapou se xero: Episode #1.9 (2001) 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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