Flash of Genius

2008

Flash of Genius

Critics Consensus

The touching underdog story of a single guy against a massive corporation, Flash of Genius is a well-paced and well-written tale with a standout performance by star Greg Kinnear.

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The Kearns were a typical 1960s Detroit family, trying to live their version of the American Dream. Local university professor Bob married teacher Phyllis and, by their mid-30s, had six kids who brought them a hectic but satisfying Midwestern existence. When Bob invents a device that would eventually be used by every car in the world, the Kearns think they have struck gold. But their aspirations are dashed after the auto giants who embraced Bob's creation unceremoniously shunned the man who invented it. Ignored, threatened and then buried in years of litigation, Bob is haunted by what was done to his family and their future. He becomes a man obsessed with justice and the conviction that his life's work--or for that matter, anyone's work--be acknowledged by those who stood to benefit. And while paying the toll for refusing to compromise his dignity, this everyday David will try the unthinkable: to bring Goliath to his knees.

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Cast

Greg Kinnear
as Robert Kearns
Lauren Graham
as Phyllis Kearns
Dermot Mulroney
as Gil Privick
Alan Alda
as Gregory Lawson
Daniel Roebuck
as Frank Sertin
Jake Abel
as Dennis Kearns
Tim Kelleher
as Charles Defao
Bill Smitrovich
as Judge Michael Franks
Mitch Pileggi
as Ford executive
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