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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Graham Marshall
Stella Anderson
Robert Benham
Leslie Marshall
Lt. Laker
Melanie O'Conner
George Brewster
Barbara Baxley ...
Tara Liston
Henry Park
Kent Broadhurst ...
Executive #1
Executive #2
Executive #3
Sam Schacht ...
David Jones
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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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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Vincent Pastore can be seen as an extra, shoving past Caine at Grand Central Station at the beginning of the movie. See more »


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 »


[first lines]
Graham Marshall: It all began one night when the lights went out.
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Murders happen when you don't promote someone deserving.
22 October 2010 | by (Lahore , Pakistan) – See all my reviews

Micheal Caine is one of my favorite actor, and its very seldom when he don't do the justice to the role he plays. This movie is no exception. Anyone who had or is been working for corporate business can understand the dirty politics and immoral working ethics, and the depiction of this dilemma in this movie was immaculately pictured. Well the movie goes smoothly, but the only thing which boggles mind is the easy escape provided to Micheal Caine. But overall idea depicts how these corporate firms sucks the all humanly characteristics out and left you with selfish desires. But i don't know why through out the movie all my sympathies were with Caine!

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