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The Current War: Director's Cut (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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Cast

Credited cast:
Tom Holland ... Samuel Insull
Benedict Cumberbatch ... Thomas Edison
Matthew Macfadyen ... J.P. Morgan
Nicholas Hoult ... Nikola Tesla
Michael Shannon ... George Westinghouse
Katherine Waterston ... Marguerite Westinghouse
Tuppence Middleton ... Mary Edison
Louis Ashbourne Serkis ... Older Dash
Damien Molony ... Bourke Cockran
Simon Manyonda ... Lewis Latimer
Simon Kunz ... Womack
Craig Conway ... Warden Durston
Woody Norman ... Dash Edison
Amy Marston ... Annabelle Worthington
Tom Sweet ... Boy
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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 disturbing/violent images, and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Filmnegah [Iran] | Official Facebook | See more »

Country:

USA

Language:

English

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:

$5,879,087

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,755,204
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Color:

Color
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Louis Ashbourne Serkis, who has a small role in this film, is the son of Andy Serkis, who played Tesla's assistant in The Prestige (2006). See more »

Goofs

The film is set in a time period spanning the 1880s and 1890s. Maps shown in the film show the states of Utah, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Arizona, which didn't become a state until between 1896 and 1912. See more »

Quotes

Samuel Insull: You said that you'd never make a machine that would kill people.
Thomas Edison: I make something impossible. They rip it away from me, so I do it again and they do it again. And again and again. This isn't like everything else. This IS everything else. Our future isn't going to be paved with bricks but with copper. Automation, transportation, communication. And the man that controls that current, controls that future.
Samuel Insull: You know Westinghouse is right. You don't actually believe that a few accidents will rule ...
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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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Featured in The Sara Cox Show: Episode #1.31 (2019) See more »

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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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