The dramatic story of the cutthroat race between electricity titans Thomas A. 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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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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Power changes everything. See more »


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

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David Bowie played Tesla in The Prestige. Andy Serkis played Alley See more »

Goofs

In post-production credits, there is a typo: "coordinators" are listed as "coorindators". See more »

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[first lines]
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 »

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Goldberg Variations
Performed by Christoph Bauschinger
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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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Release Date:

25 October 2019 (USA) See more »

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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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2.39 : 1
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