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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.


Michael Mitnick
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Credited cast:
Tom Holland ... Samuel Insull
Benedict Cumberbatch ... Thomas Edison
Nicholas Hoult ... Nikola Tesla
Katherine Waterston ... Marguerite Westinghouse
Tuppence Middleton ... Mary Edison
Michael Shannon ... George Westinghouse
Matthew Macfadyen ... J.P. Morgan
Louis Ashbourne Serkis ... Older Dash
Damien Molony ... Bourke Cockran
Simon Kunz ... Womack
Tom Sweet Tom Sweet ... Boy
Saul Marron ... Dakota Businessman
Amy Marston ... Annabelle Worthington
Celyn Jones ... Sherman Quincy
John Schwab ... Rudolph Young


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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Release Date:

4 October 2019 (USA) See more »

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A Batalha das Correntes See more »

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Harvey Weinstein was in the midst of supervising a new edit of the film when the New York Times published the first story about allegations the producer sexually harassed members of his staff and actresses. See more »

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Disinformation of life about Nikola Tesla
16 June 2019 | by wartiggerSee all my reviews

As I've seen a few moments from this movie i couldn't resist myself on leaving a message about it. A strong feel of sorrow moved through my soul when seeing some of us still trying to hide truth about the most significant part of our history. Nikola Tesla's history in this movie is being hidden, but like the sun, it can be covered for a time but it does not mean it go away.

"Let the future tell the truth, and evaluate each one according to his work and accomplishments." (Nikola Tesla)

Thank you for bringing us the brighter future Nikola,

  • Alternating Current
  • AC Induction Motor
  • Remote Control
  • Neon Lamp
  • Radio
  • and many more

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