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A Shock to the System (1990)

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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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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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Killing is easy... Getting away with it is 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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Vincent Pastore can be seen as an extra, shoving past Caine at Grand Central Station at the beginning of the movie. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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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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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