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A Shock to the System (1990)

R
88 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

When you think you're at the top of the corporate ladder and then discover they have managed to pull that ladder away, sometimes you have to take it upon yourself to "level" the playing field, both professionally and personally. Sir ...See moreWhen you think you're at the top of the corporate ladder and then discover they have managed to pull that ladder away, sometimes you have to take it upon yourself to "level" the playing field, both professionally and personally. Sir Michael Caine delivers an electrifying performance as Graham Marshall, who quickly catches onto the possibilities as he clears all the hurdles to occupy the corner office. Written by Edgy01 See less
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Simon Brett (novel) | Andrew Klavan (screenplay)
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$12,000,000
Opening weekend
$1,002,158
Gross (US & Canada)
$3,417,056
Gross (World)
$3,417,056
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Mar 23, 1990 (United States)

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52 cast members
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Michael Caine
Graham Marshall Graham Marshall   See fewer
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Elizabeth McGovern
Stella Anderson Stella Anderson   See fewer
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Peter Riegert
Robert Benham Robert Benham   See fewer
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Swoosie Kurtz
Leslie Marshall Leslie Marshall   See fewer
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Will Patton
Lt. Laker Lt. Laker   See fewer
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Jenny Wright
Melanie O'Conner Melanie O'Conner   See fewer
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John McMartin
George Brewster George Brewster   See fewer
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Barbara Baxley
Lillian Lillian   See fewer
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Haviland Morris
Tara Liston Tara Liston   See fewer
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Philip Moon
Henry Park Henry Park   See fewer
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Kent Broadhurst
Executive #1 Executive #1   See fewer
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Zach Grenier
Executive #2 Executive #2   See fewer
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David Schramm
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Sam Schacht
David Jones David Jones   See fewer
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Christopher Durang
Convention Speaker Convention Speaker   See fewer
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Mia Dillon
Graham's Secretary Graham's Secretary   See fewer
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Alice Haining
Benham's Secretary Benham's Secretary   See fewer
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Patience Moore
Wanda Maas Wanda Maas   See fewer
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Scotty Bloch
Secretary #1 Secretary #1   See fewer
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Kim Staunton
Secretary #2 Secretary #2   See fewer
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Alicia Hoge
Secretary #3 Secretary #3   See fewer
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Mike Cicchetti
Beggar #1 Beggar #1   See fewer
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Rick Petrucelli
Beggar #2 Beggar #2   See fewer
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Rik Colitti
Bum #2 Bum #2   See fewer
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Mike Starr
Bum #3 Bum #3   See fewer
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Miguel Pérez
Transit Cop Transit Cop   See fewer
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John Finn
Motorman Motorman   See fewer
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Tyrone Jackson
Messenger Messenger   See fewer
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Marie Sylvia
Waitress Waitress   See fewer
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Samuel L. Jackson
Ulysses (Three-Card Monte Game) Ulysses (Three-Card Monte Game)   See fewer
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Jonathan Freeman
Decorator in Bob's Office Decorator in Bob's Office   See fewer
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Elizabeth Moran
Partygoer Partygoer   See fewer
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Joe Zaloom
Hot Dog Vendor Hot Dog Vendor   See fewer
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Socorro Santiago
Rental Car Attendant / Additional Dialogue Rental Car Attendant / Additional Dialogue   See fewer
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Welker White
Kennel Driver Kennel Driver   See fewer
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Frank Ferrara
Off Duty Cab Driver Off Duty Cab Driver   See fewer
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Sheila Stainback
News Anchor Woman News Anchor Woman   See fewer
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Jim Dratfield
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Fred Ephraim
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Garry Goodrow
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David H. Kramer
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Angela Pietropinto
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Craig Sechler
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Louise Williams
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José Alvarez
Train Rider (uncredited) Train Rider (uncredited)   See fewer
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Carl Burrows
Businessman (uncredited) Businessman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Homeless (uncredited) Homeless (uncredited)   See fewer
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Charlie Sara
Commuter at Grand Central Station (uncredited) Commuter at Grand Central Station (uncredited)   See fewer
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Mark (uncredited) Mark (uncredited)   See fewer
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Bar Patron (uncredited) Bar Patron (uncredited)   See fewer
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6.7 / 10 | 3,712 votes