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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:

$5,892,879

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,768,996
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Technical Specs

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

This is the second time that Benedict Cumberbatch and Tuppence Middleton have worked together. Their first collaboration was in The Imitation Game (2014). 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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Um... what was that?
26 July 2019 | by lydiapontingSee all my reviews

1. Don't bother if you don't have a good background understanding of the real life events and characters- the film offers you no introductions. 2. There are no scenes per se, just a montage of clips. You bounce from one clip to another, all smushed together without a coherent narrative or timeline. 3. Cumberbatch is yet again stereotyped as the brilliant and bizarre genuis hero of the film. With a bad American accent. 4. The directing and editing is just BIZARRE. Strange use of odd camera angles throughout the whole film, for no reason. 5. Fosters no emotional connection to any of the characters. No reason for the viewer to be invested in anyone.


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