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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.

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Credited cast:
Tom Holland ... Samuel Insull
Benedict Cumberbatch ... Thomas Edison
Matthew Macfadyen ... J.P. Morgan
Nicholas Hoult ... Nikola Tesla
Katherine Waterston ... Marguerite Westinghouse
Tuppence Middleton ... Mary Edison
Michael Shannon ... George Westinghouse
Damien Molony ... Bourke Cockran
Simon Kunz ... Womack
Louis Ashbourne Serkis ... Older Dash
Craig Conway ... Warden Durston
Woody Norman ... Dash Edison
Emma Davies ... Dorothy Brookes
Amy Marston ... Annabelle Worthington
Ekow Quartey ... Journalist 1
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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 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Una guerra brillante See more »

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This is the second time that Benedict Cumberbatch and Tuppence Middleton have worked together. Their first collaboration was in The Imitation Game (2014). See more »

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Samuel Insull: So, what's your trade?
Nikola Tesla: I fix problems for idiots.
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Enjoyable if not completely accurate
1 August 2019 | by muamba_eats_toastSee all my reviews

Firstly I must point out I rate this on enjoyment not historical accuracy as it is what you go to the cinema for after all. There are good performances throughout and they keep what could potentially be a dull race against time if portrayed poorly enthralling throughout that. Despite that just as in real life Tesla is done dirty by the film and should have a much greater role than he does and this did frustrate me slightly throughout having known the backstory in detail beforehand. Overall a good film and performances but wrote historically poorly.


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