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A Shock to the System ()


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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 more »

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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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Executive #1
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Executive #2
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Executive #3
Sam Schacht ...
David Jones
Christopher Durang ...
Convention Speaker
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Graham's Secretary
Alice Haining ...
Benham's Secretary
Patience Moore ...
Wanda Maas
Darrell Wilks ...
Joe
Scotty Bloch ...
Secretary #1
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Secretary #2
Alicia Hoge ...
Secretary #3
Mike Cicchetti ...
Beggar #1
Rick Petrucelli ...
Beggar #2
Victor Truro ...
Bum
Rik Colitti ...
Bum #2
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Bum #3
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Transit Cop
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Motorman
Tyrone Jackson ...
Messenger
Marie Sylvia ...
Waitress
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Ulysses (Three-Card Monte Game)
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Decorator in Bob's Office
Elizabeth Moran ...
Partygoer
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Hot Dog Vendor
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Rental Car Attendant / Additional Dialogue
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Kennel Driver
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Off Duty Cab Driver
Sheila Stainback ...
News Anchor Woman
Jim Dratfield ...
Additional Dialogue
Fred Ephraim ...
Additional Dialogue
Garry Goodrow ...
Additional Dialogue
David H. Kramer ...
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Additional Dialogue
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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Train Rider (uncredited)
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Businessman (uncredited)
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Homeless (uncredited)
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Commuter at Grand Central Station (uncredited)
Anthony Scavone ...
Mark (uncredited)
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Bar Patron (uncredited)

Directed by

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Jan Egleson

Written by

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Simon Brett ... (novel)
 
Andrew Klavan ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Alice Arlen ... associate producer
Patrick McCormick ... producer
Leslie Morgan ... executive producer

Music by

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Gary Chang
Ray Obiedo ... composer: "Sienna"

Cinematography by

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Paul Goldsmith ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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William M. Anderson
Peter C. Frank

Editorial Department

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Andrew Doerfer ... assistant editor
Andrew Hafitz ... apprentice editor
Nell Kelly ... assistant editor
Scott Bokun ... apprentice editor (uncredited)

Casting By

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Mary Colquhoun

Production Design by

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Howard Cummings

Art Direction by

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Bob Shaw ... (as Robert K. Shaw Jr.)

Set Decoration by

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Robert J. Franco

Costume Design by

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John Dunn ... (as John A. Dunn)

Makeup Department

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Kathryn Bihr ... hair stylist: Mr. Caine / makeup artist: Mr. Caine
Victor DeNicola ... hair designer
Toni Trimble ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Carl Clifford ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Otie Brown ... dga trainee
Johanna Jensen ... second assistant director
Amy Sayres ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Will Alovis ... assistant construction coordinator
Scott Buckwald ... assistant construction coordinator
Debbie DeVilla ... painter
John M. Dwyer ... lead set dresser
Martha Fishkin ... lead set dresser
Laura Giordano ... painter
Melvin Lee Green ... carpenter
Bruce Lee Gross ... assistant property master (as Bruce Gross)
Martin Henderson ... assistant props
Tim Hunter ... painter
Elizabeth Linn ... lead painter (as Elizabeth L. Linn)
Ulf Lovén ... carpenter
Timothy Metzger ... lead set dresser
Rudy Pelikan ... construction grip
Raymond M. Samitz ... construction coordinator
Jean Roman Seyfried ... painter / scenic artist
Jonathan Stein ... set builder
Ron Stone ... property master
Greg Sullivan ... scenic artist

Sound Department

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Louis Bertini ... sound editor
Elisha Birnbaum ... foley artist
Kristine Bulakowski ... assistant adr editor
David Carbonara ... apprentice sound editor
Louis Cerborino ... supervising sound editor
Dan Edelstein ... assistant sound editor
Noreen Evans ... assistant sound editor
Tom Fleischman ... re-recording mixer
Thomas A. Gulino ... supervising sound editor
Jane McCulley ... adr editor
Danny Michael ... sound mixer
Andrew Schmetterling ... boom operator
Jeffrey Stern ... supervising sound editor
Susan M. Wagner ... assistant sound editor
Mark Wolfson ... sound recording engineer
Billy Youdelman ... sound recording engineer

Special Effects by

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Wilfred Caban ... pyrotechnician
Steven Kirshoff ... special effects
Denis Zack ... special effects technician

Visual Effects by

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Randall Balsmeyer ... visual effects supervisor

Stunts

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Frank Ferrara ... stunt coordinator
John Hayden ... stunt double: Michael Caine
Gino Lucci ... stunt driver
Michael Russo ... stunt driver
John Hayden ... stunts (uncredited)
Gino Lucci ... stunts (uncredited)
Michael Russo ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Stuart Allen ... crane technician: Louma crane
Lynn Breschel ... best boy electric
Jonathan Burkhart ... assistant camera
Ken Ferris ... additional photographer / camera operator
Bob Gambardella ... lighting technician
Haddon Hufford ... dolly grip
Larry McConkey ... steadicam operator
Michael C. Perry ... best boy electric
Chris Skutch ... third grip
Michael Slovis ... gaffer
Susan Starr ... first assistant camera
John Thomas ... best boy electric
David S. Tuttman ... second assistant camera
Paul Wachter ... best boy grip
Lynne Warberg ... still photographer
Tony Whitman ... key grip
Joan Zierler ... additional first assistant camera

Casting Department

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Virginia Addison ... casting assistant
Ted Hook ... extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Lisa R. Frucht ... wardrobe assistant
Kathleen Gerlach ... assistant costume designer
Kathy Kiatta ... wardrobe production assistant (as Kathleen Kiata)
Susie Money ... wardrobe supervisor

Location Management

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Walter Cohen ... location assistant (as Walter J. Cohen)
David DeClerque ... location manager
Jan Foster ... location coordinator
Bart Wenrich ... location assistant

Music Department

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Sharon Boyle ... music supervisor
Suki Buchman ... music editor
Gary Goetzman ... music supervisor
James Harrah ... composer: additional music
Marshall Persinger ... music assistant
Sandy K. Tanaka ... music coordinator

Transportation Department

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Tom O'Donnell ... transportation coordinator
Louis Volpe ... transportation co-coordinator (as Louis 'Sonny' Volpe)

Other crew

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Joan Altman ... post-production auditor
Carlyn Bochicchio ... assistant production office coordinator
Eva Z. Cabrera ... script supervisor
Jay Cannold ... production assistant
Ady Cohen ... assistant craft service
Annemarie Costello ... production associate
David Feldman ... production assistant
Raymond L. Forsythe ... unit publicist
John Michael Haas ... production assistant
Dylan Hopkins ... production assistant
Elisabeth Jereski ... production assistant (as Liz Jeresky)
Alexander Lasky ... production assistant
Lexy Lovell ... production assistant
Michael McCormick ... production auditor
Frank McKenna ... craft service
Larry Meistrich ... production assistant
Michelle Morrissey ... production office coordinator (as Michelle Weinberg)
Barbara Pflughaupt ... unit publicist
Michael Schenk ... production assistant
Michael Schenk ... production assistant
Russell Swanson ... production assistant
Alexander Wardwell ... production assistant
Lewis D. Wheeler ... assistant: Mr. Egleson

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines Killing is easy... Getting away with it is murder. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Business oblige (France)
  • Mord mit System (Germany)
  • Ejecutivo ejecutor (Spain)
  • Un cop al sistema (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Abrakadabra (Hungary)
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Runtime
  • 88 min
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Budget $12,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Sir Michael Caine said of this movie in a 2002 interview with Venice magazine: "That was a lovely little film, but it was too small for its own good, really. It got lost. It was the sort of film, were it made today, that would be great as a film for HBO, or something. But at the time, it just got lost in the system". 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Pretty Woman/Blind Fury/A Shock to the System/The Fourth War/Lambada (1990). See more »
Quotes Lieutenant Laker: He was your superior, wasn't he?
Graham Marshall: No, he was my boss.
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