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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

Credited cast:
Tom Holland ... Samuel Insull
Matthew Macfadyen ... J.P. Morgan
Benedict Cumberbatch ... Thomas Edison
Tuppence Middleton ... Mary Edison
Katherine Waterston ... Marguerite Westinghouse
Nicholas Hoult ... Nikola Tesla
Michael Shannon ... George Westinghouse
Damien Molony ... Bourke Cockran
Woody Norman ... Dash Edison
Louis Ashbourne Serkis ... Older Dash
Craig Conway ... Warden Durston
Celyn Jones ... Sherman Quincy
Simon Kunz ... Womack
Tom Bell ... Reverend Vincent
Amy Marston ... Annabelle Worthington
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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 Nikolai 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.


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Rated PG-13 for some disturbing/violent images, and thematic elements | See all certifications »
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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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$4,821,494
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Trivia

Producer Harvey Weinstein was in the midst of supervising the film's editing process when the New York Times published the first story alleging he sexually harassed members of his staff and fellow Hollywood actresses. Long after the infamous Weinstein scandal that sparked the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, The Current War (2017) was sold to 101 Studios, and a final cut is set to premiere in October 2019. See more »

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

Quotes

Samuel Insull: So, what's your trade?
Nikola Tesla: I fix problems for idiots.
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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 [link-nm3737483] and Saunder Jurriaans See more »

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An interesting story told badly.
26 July 2019 | by sbweightmanSee all my reviews

A bit boring at times, as although the characters are supposed to be great visionaries and inventors, they all seemed a bit dull. There is some good acting from the starry cast, but the delivery of the story lacks the spark and sizzle of a good tale. The pacing is a bit slow, and although the period effects looked good, the stylized camera shots felt unnecessary and were distracting.


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