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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 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 Tom Bell ... Reverend Vincent
Giles Terera ... Elijah McCoy
Samuel Dutton Samuel Dutton ... Mr. Burton
Stanley Townsend ... Franklin Pope
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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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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

Sienna Miller was considered for a lead role in the early stages of the project. 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

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 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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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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Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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:

$11,662,493
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2.39 : 1
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