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The Current War (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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Credited cast:
Tom Holland ... Samuel Insull
Benedict Cumberbatch ... Thomas Edison
Nicholas Hoult ... Nikola Tesla
Michael Shannon ... George Westinghouse
Tuppence Middleton ... Mary Edison
Katherine Waterston ... Marguerite Westinghouse
Matthew Macfadyen ... J.P. Morgan
Damien Molony ... Bourke Cockran
Louis Ashbourne Serkis ... Older Dash
Simon Kunz ... Womack
Woody Norman ... Dash Edison
Craig Conway ... Warden Durston
Amy Marston ... Annabelle Worthington
Emma Davies ... Dorothy Brookes
Colin Stinton ... Daniel Burnham
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Starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison and Michael Shannon as George Westinghouse, THE CURRENT WAR is the epic story of the cutthroat competition between the greatest inventors of the industrial age over whose electrical system would power the new century. Backed by J.P. Morgan, Edison dazzles the world by lighting Manhattan. But Westinghouse, aided by Nikola Tesla, has seen fatal flaws in Edison's direct current design. Igniting a war of currents, Westinghouse and Tesla bet everything on risky and dangerous alternating current. Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) and written by playwright Michael Mitnick (Sex Lives of our Parents), THE CURRENT WAR also stars Katherine Waterston, Nicholas Hoult, Tom Holland, Matthew Macfadyen, and Tuppence Middleton.

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Rated PG-13 for some disturbing/violent images, and thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 2019 (USA) See more »

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Una guerra brillante See more »

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Jake Gyllenhaal was originally cast alongside Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role, however, Gyllenhaal dropped out and Michael Shannon was brought as a replacement. See more »

Quotes

Samuel Insull: So, what's your trade?
Nikola Tesla: I fix problems for idiots.
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It should be a movie about Tesla, note Westinghouse

Croatian Nikola Tesla is one of the biggest minds in history. He invented AC current, radio, remote control, Tesla coil etc. He is sidelined in this movie, why? Edison was a thief, cheat and liar while Westinghouse just funded Tesla, nothing more. At least this should be Edison vs Tesla


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