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The Current War: Director's Cut (2017)

The Current War (original title)
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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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Cast

Credited cast:
Tom Holland ... Samuel Insull
Tuppence Middleton ... Mary Edison
Benedict Cumberbatch ... Thomas Edison
Matthew Macfadyen ... J.P. Morgan
Katherine Waterston ... Marguerite Westinghouse
Nicholas Hoult ... Nikola Tesla
Michael Shannon ... George Westinghouse
Damien Molony ... Bourke Cockran
Louis Ashbourne Serkis ... Older Dash
Woody Norman ... Dash Edison
Craig Conway ... Warden Durston
Simon Kunz ... Womack
Tom Bell ... Reverend Vincent
Celyn Jones ... Sherman Quincy
Tom Sweet ... Boy
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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 Nikolai 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 ...

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Only one could power the world.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Current War: Director's Cut See more »

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$4,800,147
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Trivia

Producer Harvey Weinstein was in the midst of supervising the film's editing process when the New York Times published the first story alleging he sexually harassed members of his staff and fellow Hollywood actresses. Long after the infamous Weinstein scandal that sparked the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, The Current War (2017) was sold to 101 Studios, and a final cut is set to premiere in October 2019. See more »

Quotes

Thomas Edison: The world will never be the same. I'm working on something now, something so new that people will forget I was ever associated with electricity.
George Westinghouse: I wonder if you know what it is yet. You know, I think the solution is to divide the cost of the fence. Or you could not build a fence at all. Your garden would be twice as big. Wouldn't it, Tom?
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Very badly written and ignores Nicloa Tesla
15 September 2019 | by mo_udSee all my reviews

This movie minimizes the role of Nicola Tesla to the point that you would forget he has no effect on the AC and motors or anything at that time


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