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A Shock to the System (1990) Poster

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Sir Michael Caine said of this movie in a 2002 interview with Venice Magazine: "That was a lovely little film, but it was too small for its own good, really. It got lost. It was the sort of film, were it made today, that would be great as a film for HBO, or something. But at the time, it just got lost in the system."
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This theatrical movie went straight-to-video in several markets and territories.
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Movie critic Roger Ebert described this movie as being "Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) crossed with Wall Street (1987)".
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Lieutenant Laker (Will Patton) has often been described as being a Columbo (1971)-like detective.
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One of three 1990 theatrical movies, starring Sir Michael Caine, which were released in that year. The other movies were Bullseye! (1990) and Mr. Destiny (1990). All three movies were failures at the box-office. In 1990, Caine also headlined the television movie Jekyll & Hyde (1990). Of these four productions, this movie was the only one in which Caine did not play dual roles, or multiple characters.
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Vincent Pastore can be seen as an extra, shoving past Sir Michael Caine at Grand Central Station at the beginning of the movie.
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This movie was filmed during May, June, and July 1989.
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This movie has sometimes mistakenly being referred to as being the directorial debut of Jan Egleson, but this is not the case, as Egleson had helmed such earlier movies as Billy in the Lowlands (1979) and The Dark End of the Street (1981).
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This movie was selected to screen at the Deauville Film Festival in 1990, where this movie and Director Jan Egleson were nominated for the Critics Award.
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The place where the big advertising firm was situated, was Madison Avenue in Manhattan. Wikipedia states that "the term 'Madison Avenue' is often used metonymically for advertising, and Madison Avenue became identified with the American advertising industry after the explosive growth in this area in the 1920s".
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This movie was released six years after its source novel by Simon Brett was published.
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This movie is considered to be a black comedy.
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Elizabeth McGovern and David Schramm also worked together in Johnny Handsome Johnny Handsome (1989).
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Released in 1990, right on the heels of several 1980s movies about "yuppies".
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According to website Vicious Imagery, work began on this film version of of Simon Brett's source novel "following the success of Oliver Stone's Wall Street (1987)".
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The name of Robert Benham's (Peter Riegert's) sailboat was "Tara's Dream".
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Star Billing: Sir Michael Caine (first), Elizabeth McGovern (second), Peter Riegert (third), Swoosie Kurtz (fourth), and Will Patton (fifth).
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Peter Riegert portrayed a company executive in Local Hero (1983).
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Cameo 

Samuel L. Jackson: Appears very briefly as a three-card Monte dealer, on the street, with one quick line of dialogue.
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Body count: six (including one suicide).
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This was the second Sir Michael Caine movie in recent years, where his character was involved with murdering his wife. Caine had been an accessory and co-conspirator to such in Deathtrap (1982). Also, both movies featured a scene where Caine pretends to be distraught about his wife's death while talking on the phone to a Police Officer.
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