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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
Nicholas Hoult ... Nikola Tesla
Matthew Macfadyen ... J.P. Morgan
Katherine Waterston ... Marguerite Westinghouse
Michael Shannon ... George Westinghouse
Tuppence Middleton ... Mary Edison
Simon Manyonda ... Lewis Latimer
Damien Molony ... Bourke Cockran
Louis Ashbourne Serkis ... Older Dash
Simon Kunz ... Womack
Craig Conway ... Warden Durston
Woody Norman ... Dash Edison
Amy Marston ... Annabelle Worthington
Stanley Townsend ... Franklin Pope
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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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Official Sites:

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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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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,633,717, 27 October 2019

Gross USA:

$5,880,445

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,756,562
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Color:

Color
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Trivia

Premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2017 and was originally supposed to be released in U.S. theaters in November 2017 . However, after Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexual misconduct and rape by several women in a detailed article published by the New York Times in October 2017, the Weinstein Co. scrapped the original release date and sold the film to Lantern Entertainment, who later sold the film's U.S. distribution rights to 101 Studios. The film would finally be shown in movie theaters in Europe in July 2019 and the U.S. in October 2019. 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

Samuel Insull: So, what's your trade?
Nikola Tesla: I fix problems for idiots.
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Alternate Versions

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 Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans See more »

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An interesting story filmed by good hand.........
14 November 2017 | by kashidomarSee all my reviews

Prior to see the movie i have never heard about this fascinating story of conflict and trade between Edison and Westinghouse. I found the story very much interesting and enjoyed every part of this. The whole team must be appreciated for their excellent try to transform this plot into a enjoyable , slow paced drama. There are many small battle which sometimes remain undecided..sometimes goes in favour of either one. With these personal and economic battle the movie moves towards the end. Good to see these type of drama movies in between other type of movies. This is totally different from many other movies of 2017.


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