Genius On Hold

2013

Genius On Hold (2013)

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At the heart of GENIUS ON HOLD is the story of Walter L. Shaw-a brilliant inventor with an astonishing list of telecommunications patents to his name including call forwarding, touchtone dialing, speakerphone and voice recognition. His ground-breaking designs should have earned him great fortune and lasting fame, but for one thing-the power, greed, and oppression of AT&T, the largest, government-sanctioned, telecommunications monopoly in the United States which blocked him from realizing his dream. Punished, imprisoned, and eventually destitute, Shaw was drawn to the only organization that would reward him for his talent-the mob, whose bookies used his "black box" and "blue box" to run their gambling operations and evade the Feds. His son, Walter T. Shaw, embittered by his father's destruction, turned to organized crime and became one of the most notorious jewel thieves in American history. All to get back at the system that destroyed his family -- but at what cost?

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Critic Reviews for Genius On Hold

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

Marquette, aided by Frank Langella's precise narration, has crafted an engrossing and disturbing tribute.

Feb 28, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This promisingly tragic tale is sunk by cartloads of context and an overbearing, slanted narration.

Feb 28, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

A far-reaching narrative of government venality and big-business greed that's all mapped succinctly but substantively.

Feb 26, 2013 | Full Review…

A movie that underscores that the winners and losers of some battles of capitalism aren't always confined to a single generation; its shadows are long ones.

Mar 25, 2013 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

A provocative side trip into Americana, as fascinating as it is tendentious.

Mar 1, 2013 | Full Review…

Though overstuffed, his film eschews pop-doc conventions by opting for in-depth analysis over superficiality.

Feb 25, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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