6.4/10
7,038
118 user 73 critic

The Current War: Director's Cut (2017)

The Current War (original title)
Trailer
2:30 | Trailer
The dramatic story of the cutthroat race between electricity titans Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse to determine whose electrical system would power the modern world.

Writer:

Michael Mitnick
Reviews
Popularity
551 ( 162)

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Green Cats (2017)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

This is a story of two old folks, who have spent most of their lives behind prison walls. Now, as seventy year old men, they have been granted amnesty. Both men have a passionate desire to ... See full summary »

Director: Andres Puustusmaa
Stars: Tõnu Kark, Sergey Makovetskiy, Jüri Aarma
Vongozero (2019)
Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

An unknown virus turns Moscow into a city of the dead. There is no electricity, money has lost all value and those who are still not infected, are desperately fighting for food and fuel. ... See full summary »

Stars: Viktoriya Agalakova, Yuriy Kuznetsov, Anna Mikhalkova
Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Police inspector Rita Storozheva and analytical psychologist Ilya Lavrov try to get on the track of serial killer, supposing that his bloody body count was started in Soviet Russia.

Stars: Kirill Käro, Anna Popova, Aleksey Barabash
Golos morya (2018)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Director: Ivan Sosnin
Stars: Kirill Käro, Olga Sutulova, Aleksandr Volkhonsky
Galangal (2019)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

One day in the life of a psychiatrist who specialises in suicides. Upon his decision rests which of the patients will be released and which will remain in the hospital.

Director: Maria Loyter
Stars: Nadezhda Ivanova, Roza Khayrullina, Kirill Käro
Nyukhach (TV Series 2013)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

They call him the Sniffer. He's the proud owner of an acute sense of smell, he knows things about you even you don't and would rather keep to yourself.

Stars: Kirill Käro, Ivan Oganesyan, Nikolay Chindyaykin
Tango libre (2012)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A prison guard is attracted to a woman at his weekly tango class. They meet again when she visits her husband in the prison where he works and he is drawn into her complicated romantic life. Meanwhile the prisoners are learning the tango.

Director: Frédéric Fonteyne
Stars: François Damiens, Sergi López, Jan Hammenecker
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Mariane Pearl embarks on a frantic search to locate her journalist husband, Daniel, when he goes missing in Pakistan.

Director: Michael Winterbottom
Stars: Angelina Jolie, Dan Futterman, Irrfan Khan
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Set in the 1950s, a a group of young girls in upstate New York form their own gang.

Director: Laurent Cantet
Stars: Raven Adamson, Katie Coseni, Madeleine Bisson
Party Girl I (2014)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

An aging nightclub hostess decides to settle down and get married.

Directors: Marie Amachoukeli-Barsacq, Claire Burger, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Angélique Litzenburger, Joseph Bour, Mario Theis
Iris I (2001)
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

True story of the lifelong romance between novelist Iris Murdoch and her husband John Bayley, from their student days through her battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Director: Richard Eyre
Stars: Judi Dench, Jim Broadbent, Kate Winslet
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Stars: Kirill Käro, Evgeniya Loza, Anatoliy Naumov
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Tom Holland ... Samuel Insull
Michael Shannon ... George Westinghouse
Benedict Cumberbatch ... Thomas Edison
Katherine Waterston ... Marguerite Westinghouse
Nicholas Hoult ... Nikola Tesla
Tuppence Middleton ... Mary Edison
Matthew Macfadyen ... J.P. Morgan
Woody Norman ... Dash Edison
Damien Molony ... Bourke Cockran
Louis Ashbourne Serkis ... Older Dash
Simon Manyonda ... Lewis Latimer
Craig Conway ... Warden Durston
Simon Kunz ... Womack
Amy Marston ... Annabelle Worthington
Stanley Townsend ... Franklin Pope
Edit

Storyline

Three brilliant visionaries set off in a charged battle for the future in The Current War, the epic story of the cutthroat competition that literally lit up the modern world. Benedict Cumberbatch is Thomas Edison, the celebrity inventor on the verge of bringing electricity to Manhattan with his radical new DC technology. On the eve of triumph, his plans are upended by charismatic businessman George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon), who believes he and his partner, the upstart genius Nikola Tesla (Nicholas Hoult), have a superior idea for how to rapidly electrify America: with AC current. As Edison and Westinghouse grapple for who will power the nation, they spark one of the first and greatest corporate feuds in American history, establishing for future Titans of Industry the need to break all the rules. Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) with Producer Timur Bekmambetov, Basil Iwanyk and Executive Producer Martin Scorsese, The Current War also stars ...

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Only one could power the world.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some disturbing/violent images, and thematic elements | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Filmnegah [Iran] | Official Facebook | See more »

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Current War: Director's Cut See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,633,717, 27 October 2019

Gross USA:

$5,950,735

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,826,852
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Benedict Cumberbatch appeared in the Hobbit films, while Nicolas Hoult played author J.R.R. Tolkien. See more »

Goofs

The film is set in a time period spanning the 1880s and 1890s. Maps shown in the film show the states of Utah, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Arizona, which didn't become a state until between 1896 and 1912. See more »

Quotes

Samuel Insull: You said that you'd never make a machine that would kill people.
Thomas Edison: I make something impossible. They rip it away from me, so I do it again and they do it again. And again and again. This isn't like everything else. This IS everything else. Our future isn't going to be paved with bricks but with copper. Automation, transportation, communication. And the man that controls that current, controls that future.
Samuel Insull: You know Westinghouse is right. You don't actually believe that a few accidents will rule ...
[...]
See more »

Alternate Versions

The music of the original cut (by Volker Bertelmann aka Hausckha and Dustin O'Halloran) has been replaced in the director's cut by a new score by Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans See more »

Connections

Featured in The Sara Cox Show: Episode #1.31 (2019) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

 
Um... what was that?
26 July 2019 | by lydiapontingSee all my reviews

1. Don't bother if you don't have a good background understanding of the real life events and characters- the film offers you no introductions. 2. There are no scenes per se, just a montage of clips. You bounce from one clip to another, all smushed together without a coherent narrative or timeline. 3. Cumberbatch is yet again stereotyped as the brilliant and bizarre genuis hero of the film. With a bad American accent. 4. The directing and editing is just BIZARRE. Strange use of odd camera angles throughout the whole film, for no reason. 5. Fosters no emotional connection to any of the characters. No reason for the viewer to be invested in anyone.


93 of 127 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 118 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed