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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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Graham Marshall
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Stella Anderson
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Robert Benham
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Leslie Marshall
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Henry Park
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Storyline

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 hurtles 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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Comedy | Crime | Thriller

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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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The film was made and first released about six years after its source novel of the same name by Simon Brett had been first published in 1984. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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[first lines]
Graham Marshall: It all began one night when the lights went out.
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References Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) See more »

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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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