A Shock to the System (1990)

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Shock to the System is a black comedy about a middle-aged advertising executive (Michael Caine) who loses his long-awaited promotion to a younger man (Peter Reigret). In frustration, Caine accidentally pushes a panhandler in front of a subway train--and he gets away with the death. Realizing that committing murder might be a little easier than he previously had thought, he begins plotting the murder of several of his corporate enemies.

Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Andrew Klavan, Alice Arlen
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 25, 2004
Runtime:
HBO Video

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Cast


as Graham Marshall

as Stella Anderson

as Robert Benham

as Leslie Marshall

as Lt. Laker

as Melanie O'Connor

as George Brewster

as Lillian

as Tara Liston

as Henry Park

as David Jones

as Convention Speaker

as Graham's Secretary

as Benham's Secretary

as Executive

as Wanda Maas

as Executive

as Mailroom Boy

as Beggar in Subway

as Executive

as Transit Cop

as Motorman

as Messenger

as Waitress/Dazzles

as Secretary

as Secretary

as Decorator

as Secretary

as Partygoer

as Hot Dog Vendor

as Rental Car Attendant

as Kennel Driver

as News Anchor Woman

as Transit Cop

as Decorator

as Cab Driver

as Additional Dialogue

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Critic Reviews for A Shock to the System

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Full Review… | September 7, 2011
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Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for A Shock to the System

I hardly remember anything about this film except I loved it. I'd really like to see this one again.

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