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The Current War (2017)

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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.


Michael Mitnick
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Credited cast:
Tom Holland ... Samuel Insull
Benedict Cumberbatch ... Thomas Edison
Nicholas Hoult ... Nikola Tesla
Katherine Waterston ... Marguerite Westinghouse
Matthew Macfadyen ... J.P. Morgan
Michael Shannon ... George Westinghouse
Tuppence Middleton ... Mary Edison
Louis Ashbourne Serkis ... Older Dash
Damien Molony ... Bourke Cockran
Simon Manyonda ... Lewis Latimer
Celyn Jones ... Sherman Quincy
Ekow Quartey ... Journalist 1
Amy Marston ... Annabelle Worthington
Colin Stinton ... Daniel Burnham
Tom Sweet Tom Sweet ... Boy


Starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison and Michael Shannon as George Westinghouse, THE CURRENT WAR is the epic story of the cutthroat competition between the greatest inventors of the industrial age over whose electrical system would power the new century. Backed by J.P. Morgan, Edison dazzles the world by lighting Manhattan. But Westinghouse, aided by Nikola Tesla, has seen fatal flaws in Edison's direct current design. Igniting a war of currents, Westinghouse and Tesla bet everything on risky and dangerous alternating current. Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) and written by playwright Michael Mitnick (Sex Lives of our Parents), THE CURRENT WAR also stars Katherine Waterston, Nicholas Hoult, Tom Holland, Matthew Macfadyen, and Tuppence Middleton.

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Rated PG-13 for some disturbing/violent images, and thematic elements


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7 March 2019 (Greece) See more »

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A Batalha das Correntes See more »

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Jake Gyllenhaal was originally cast alongside Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role, however, Gyllenhaal dropped out and Michael Shannon was brought as a replacement. See more »

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Edison vs westinghouse?
19 February 2019 | by jerkassstoreSee all my reviews

Really? Wow, it's like you ill get aids if you utter the name Nikola Tesla. If you're talking about the inventor of DC electricity why not talk about the inventor of AC not simply it's financial backer. What is the problem? If you read about Tesla's life then you know what the problem is. But we will have none of this.

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