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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 overview, first billed only:
Benedict Cumberbatch ... Thomas Edison
Oliver Powell ... Leo
Katherine Waterston ... Marguerite Westinghouse
Nancy Crane ... Gladys
Liza Ross Liza Ross ... Beti
Tim Steed ... Maurice Manesburg
Michael Shannon ... George Westinghouse
David Morley Hale David Morley Hale ... Frederick Worthington
Amy Marston ... Annabelle Worthington
Robert Jezek Robert Jezek ... Mr. Faulk
Abigail Johns Abigail Johns ... Emily Faulk
Tom Bell ... Reverend Vincent
Giles Terera ... Elijah McCoy
Samuel Dutton Samuel Dutton ... Mr. Burton
Stanley Townsend ... Franklin Pope
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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 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 ...

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Rated PG-13 for some violent content and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Four of the lead actors are in major superhero films: Benedict Cumberbatch played Stephen Strange/Dr. Strange in Doctor Strange (2016), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Avengers: Endgame (2019) and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2021); Tom Holland played Peter Parker/Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War (2016), Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Avengers: Endgame (2019) and Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019); Nicholas Hoult played Hank McCoy/Beast in X-Men: First Class (2011), X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), Deadpool 2 (2018) (in an uncredited cameo) and X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019); and finally Michael Shannon played General Zod in Man of Steel (2013). See more »

Goofs

Shot of newspaper column (describing electrocution of horse) shows a series of sub-heads, but first line of story reads as standard place filler, "Lorem ipsum ..." See more »

Quotes

Nikola Tesla: A true legacy isn't what we build up to the heavens or carve deep into stone. Rocks will crumble,paper disintegrates, and bone turns to powder. Only that which isn't in the physical realm and reaches in both directions can be eternal. Our ideas.They are what we leave behind. And only they are what can push us forward.
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Alternate Versions

The film originally premiered at numerous festival and was then shelved for 2 years until a re-edited version (titled "The Current War: The Director's Cut") was released theatrically in 2019 See more »

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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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Language:

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Release Date:

25 October 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,633,717, 27 October 2019

Gross USA:

$5,979,540

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,662,493
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2.39 : 1
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