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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 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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Storyline

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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Trivia

The composers for the Director's Cut (2019) of the film are Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans. See more »

Goofs

The film places Mary Stilwell Edison's death on October 9, 1888. Mary died on August 9, 1884, aged 29. By 1888, Edison was already married to Mina Miller since two years. See more »

Quotes

Samuel Insull: So, what's your trade?
Nikola Tesla: I fix problems for idiots.
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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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Spring 1
Written by Max Richter
Performed by Max Richter, Daniel Hope, Konzerthaus Kammerorchester Berlin, Andre De Ridder (as André de Ridder)
Published by Mute Song Limited
Courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon GmbH under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Um... what was that?
26 July 2019 | by lydiapontingSee all my reviews

1. Don't bother if you don't have a good background understanding of the real life events and characters- the film offers you no introductions. 2. There are no scenes per se, just a montage of clips. You bounce from one clip to another, all smushed together without a coherent narrative or timeline. 3. Cumberbatch is yet again stereotyped as the brilliant and bizarre genuis hero of the film. With a bad American accent. 4. The directing and editing is just BIZARRE. Strange use of odd camera angles throughout the whole film, for no reason. 5. Fosters no emotional connection to any of the characters. No reason for the viewer to be invested in anyone.


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Release Date:

25 October 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Current War: Director's Cut See more »

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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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Color

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2.39 : 1
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