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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
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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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Climbing the corporate ladder can be 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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Michael Caine said of this movie in a 2002 interview with Venice magazine: "That was a lovely little film, but it was too small for its own good, really. It got lost. It was the sort of film, were it made today, that would be great as a film for HBO, or something. But at the time, it just got lost in the system". 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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Never has such a Machiavellian killer seemed so appealing.
26 July 1999 | by (San Diego, CA) – See all my reviews

Michael Caine keeps piling up the bodies, but you always seem to be on his side. There's no heart-pounding action, just an intense game of criminal chess where Caine stays one step ahead of the competition.

This is a seriously satisfying flick for anyone who's ever wanted to take out some of your co-workers.


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