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A Shock to the System (1990)

R 03/23/1990 (US) CrimeComedyDramaThriller 1h 31m

Climbing the corporate ladder can be murder.


Madison Avenue executive Graham Marshall has paid his dues. A talented and devoted worker, he has suffered through mounting bills and a nagging wife with one thing to look forward to: a well-deserved promotion. But when the promotion is given to a loud-mouthed yuppie associate, Graham unleashes his rage on an overly aggressive panhandler, who he accidently kills by pushing him into the path of an oncoming subway train. He re-thinks his problems with an entirely new solution. First, he arranges an "accident" for his annoying wife. Then he creates another "mishap" for his boss. It seems like the world is once more Graham's oyster…but a missing cigarette lighter and a prying police detective may change all that.

  1. Jan Egleson


  2. Simon Brett


  3. Andrew Klavan


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  1. Michael Caine

    Michael Caine

    Graham Marshall

  2. Elizabeth McGovern

    Elizabeth McGovern

    Stella Anderson

  3. Peter Riegert

    Peter Riegert

    Robert Benham

  4. Swoosie Kurtz

    Swoosie Kurtz

    Leslie Marshall

  5. Will Patton

    Will Patton

    Lt. Laker

  6. Jenny Wright

    Jenny Wright

    Melanie O'Conner

  7. John McMartin

    John McMartin

    George Brewster

  8. Barbara Baxley

    Barbara Baxley


  9. Haviland Morris

    Haviland Morris

    Tara Liston

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