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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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Michael Mitnick
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Benedict Cumberbatch ... Thomas Alva Edison
Oliver Powell ... Leo
Sophia Ally ... Dot (Younger)
Tuppence Middleton ... Mary Edison
Woody Norman ... Dash (Younger)
Tom Holland ... Samuel Insull
Matthew Macfadyen ... J.P. Morgan
Dominic Coleman ... White House Butler
Corey Johnson ... President Chester A. Arthur
Katherine Waterston ... Marguerite Westinghouse
Michael Shannon ... George Westinghouse
Stanley Townsend ... Franklin Pope
Nicholas Hoult ... Nikola Tesla
Emma Davies ... Female Reporter
Nigel Whitmey ... Doctor Grandoff
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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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Only one could power the world. See more »


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

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Sienna Miller was considered for a lead role in the early stages of the project. See more »

Goofs

Toward the end of the film, when Edison and Insull are dining together, both men use their fork in their left hand to bring the food to their mouths. This was appropriate for Insull, who was born and raised in London; but not for Edison, who was American. See more »

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Thomas Edison: To all whom it may concern, be it known that I, Thomas Alva Edison, submits on this, the 27th day of January, 1880, the application of this abstract to the Patent Office of the United States of America. The unique design of my invention is that of a glass vacuum tube which houses inside a thin cotton thread filament, the two lower ends of which secure respective posts, forming an arch shape. Details and schematic drawings follow exhibiting all aspects of the invention. But its ...
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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 »

Connections

Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Tulip Fever (2017) See more »

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The Laughing Song
Performed by George W. Johnson, Edison Records
Courtesy of University of California Santa Barbara Library
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It's a shame
26 June 2019 | by crnoglavacmilosSee all my reviews

Hollywood always makes movies that represents Americans (or in this case born-American-capitalist) as a heros, whether that's true or not...Real hero in this "current war" is undoubtedly biggest mind in history of humankind - Serbian scientist Nikola Tesla, who's totally sidelined in America's educational system, while Edison (who stole from him) is a God...This movie doesn't help...Sportswise saying, it's like it you're comparing Jusein Bolt and Justin Gatlin...First one is obviously the best, second one is two-times (caught!!!) cheater, but he's an American, so I doubt that in, say, 15 years from now, if Hollywood decides to make movie about their rivalry, Gatelin would be shown as a villain...I really hope that some day someone will make movie that Tesla really deserves.


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Language:

English

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:

$12,217,160
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2.39 : 1
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