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The Current War: Director's Cut (2017)

The Current War (original title)
PG-13 | | Biography, Drama, History | 2019 (USA)
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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

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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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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

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:

$11,463,217
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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2017 and was originally supposed to be released in U.S. theaters in November 2017 . However, after Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexual misconduct and rape by several women in a detailed article published by the New York Times in October 2017, the Weinstein Co. scrapped the original release date and sold the film to Lantern Entertainment, who later sold the film's U.S. distribution rights to 101 Studios. The film would finally be shown in movie theaters in Europe in July 2019 and the U.S. in October 2019. See more »

Goofs

Most of the railroad equipment shown is British and the story in set in the US. 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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Alternate Versions

The music of the original cut (by Volker Bertelmann aka Hausckha and Dustin O'Halloran) has been replaced in the director's cut by a new score by Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans See more »

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Quite disappointing
28 July 2019 | by smith-c57See all my reviews

Considering the top quality cast that was associated with this film it really seemed to be lacking in all departments, most of the actors and actresses are some of my favourites but this film was a real let down, it was pedestrian at best, the story could have been so good, but for me it just didn't spark into life at any point, shame as the trailer looked promising, ultimately it was a little disappointing


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