A freewheeling take on visionary inventor Nikola Tesla, his interactions with Thomas Edison and J.P. Morgan's daughter Anne, and his breakthroughs in transmitting electrical power and light.

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Michael Almereyda
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ethan Hawke ... Nikola Tesla
Eve Hewson ... Anne Morgan
Eli A. Smith Eli A. Smith ... Roller Skating Fiddler (as Eli Smith)
Josh Hamilton ... Robert Underwood Johnson
Lucy Walters ... Katherine Johnson
Luna Jokic Luna Jokic ... Macak (as Luna)
Kyle MacLachlan ... Thomas Edison
Dan Bittner ... Fred Ott
David Kallaway ... John Kruesi
Karl Geary ... Francis Upton
Ebon Moss-Bachrach ... Anital Szigeti
Nicholas Wuehrmann Nicholas Wuehrmann ... Ed the Organist
Haley Elise Pehrson Haley Elise Pehrson ... Tesla's Mother (as Haley Pehrson)
Tony Hutaj Tony Hutaj ... Bill Edison
Corban Elwick-Schermitz Corban Elwick-Schermitz ... Tom Edison Jr.
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A freewheeling take on visionary inventor Nikola Tesla, his interactions with Thomas Edison and J.P. Morgan's daughter Anne, and his breakthroughs in transmitting electrical power and light.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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My achievements and conquests will be evaluated in the future

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some thematic material and nude images | See all certifications »

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This is the third time Ethan Hawke and writer/director Michael Almereyda have worked together. The other two are Hamlet (2000) and Cymbeline. See more »

Goofs

In a scene set in 1884, Edison chides Tesla as being from Transylvania and drinking blood. However Bram Stoker did not written Dracula until 1897, thirteen years later, and at that point Transylvania would be not be associated with vampires and an obscure province of Eastern Europe not widely known in the US. See more »

Quotes

Nikola Tesla: In the universe, there is a core from which we receive all information, inspiration, knowledge, and strength.
Anne Morgan: I know it's not simple to be able to love calmly. To trust without fear. To commit yourself to really difficult tasks with unlimited energy. Is it better to be vindicated or to be loved? Idealism cannot work hand in hand with capitalism. True or false? Are dreams and intelligence enough to save the world? Is your heightened ability, your brilliance a blessing or a curse?
Nikola Tesla: You have become ...
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Soundtracks

Andante from Piano Concerto No. 2
Written by Johannes Brahms
Performed by London Symphony Orchestra
Courtesy of Chesky Records and Manhattan Production Music
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A confusing bore
13 August 2020 | by Gordon-11See all my reviews

The film is very confusing. I can't really follow the story, because it has a lot of seemingly irrelevant shots or fantasy shots - I can't really tell. I was genuinely bored by "Tesla". "The Current War" is a way better film. Watch that one instead.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 August 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$42,165, 23 August 2020

Gross USA:

$93,147

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$457,687
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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