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A Shock to the System (1990)

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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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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23 March 1990 (USA)  »

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Abrakadabra  »

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$3,417,056 (USA)
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Film critic Roger Ebert described the film as being "Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) crossed with Wall Street (1987)". 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 (1956) See more »

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good one
7 August 2002 | by See all my reviews

Not much to add to the generally favorable reviews contained herein, except to wonder at the relative scarcity of this flick on tv. It's a puzzlement, considering its intelligence and high quality. Michael Caine reeks malevolence and malice as Graham Marshall, the cutthroat executive on the make. He really is one of the great actors of our day. Highly recommended.


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