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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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4 of the actors have starred in movies in the Marvel universe or DC universe. See more »

Quotes

Samuel Insull: So, what's your trade?
Nikola Tesla: I fix problems for idiots.
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Inaccurate story, not linear facts
18 July 2019 | by ikgoumasSee all my reviews

The movie is actually slow, with a sad music, giving inacurate profiles about the personalities of Edison, Westinghouse and Tesla. Tesla should be the real hero of the movie, as it happened in reality. The other characters where: Edison, yes a quite original mind but not a genious, being a slave to his need for fame. Westinghouse, JP Morgan : businessman. Tesla: the one that changed the world and died broke in an appartment.


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