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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
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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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This made for the cinema movie went straight to video in a number of markets and territories. 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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Brilliance rarely seen
7 August 2004 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie about 10 years ago during a sick day from work & never forgot it. I finally got it on DVD this week & the impact is still there. I have never seen it again until now & I am wondering why it's not re-screened more often.

The story has a timeless quality & although I'm not a big Michael Caine film, this film showcases his brilliance, from subtle facial expressions to wryly amusing scenes such as where he is almost caught out.

Whilst Caine is the obvious star, the support cast are perfectly cast, from the sleazy new boss to the suspicious cop, to the naive girlfriend & the has-been retired manager, each actor does their job perfectly.

Like The Game, starring Michael Douglas, this is one film you need to watch from start to finish to understand the complexity of the plot.

Definitely one of my favourite films of all time.


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