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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 »

Director:

Jan Egleson

Writers:

Simon Brett (novel), Andrew Klavan (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Caine ... Graham Marshall
Elizabeth McGovern ... Stella Anderson
Peter Riegert ... Robert Benham
Swoosie Kurtz ... Leslie Marshall
Will Patton ... Lt. Laker
Jenny Wright ... Melanie O'Conner
John McMartin ... George Brewster
Barbara Baxley ... Lillian
Haviland Morris ... Tara Liston
Philip Moon ... Henry Park
Kent Broadhurst ... Executive #1
Zach Grenier ... Executive #2
David Schramm ... Executive #3
Sam Schacht Sam Schacht ... David Jones
Christopher Durang Christopher Durang ... Convention Speaker
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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. Sir 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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Climbing the corporate ladder can be murder. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

This movie was selected to screen at the Deauville Film Festival in 1990, where this movie and Director Jan Egleson were nominated for the Critics Award. See more »

Goofs

In the climax scene on the subway platform, Elizabeth McGovern's hair changes from being neatly styled, to noticeably frizzy and loose, then back again. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Graham Marshall: It all began one night when the lights went out.
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Connections

References Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) See more »

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Caine shines over simple story
7 March 2018 | by zzzorfSee all my reviews

This wasn't a bad movie overall and while I didn't full in love it I would revisit it again. The storyline was simple and easy to follow and that simpleness was put to shame by having Caine as the lead actor, putting on a performance that made the movie better, just as you would expect.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 March 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Shock to the System - Tappaminen on helppoa See more »

Filming Locations:

Essex Fells, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,002,158, 25 March 1990

Gross USA:

$3,417,056

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,417,056
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Brigand Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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