A Shock to the System (1990) movie
A Shock to the System (1990) movie

A Shock to the System 1990

GENRES: comedy, crime, thriller, drama SUBGENRES: black comedy, comedy thriller, satire
DIRECTOR: Jan Egleson STARRING: Michael Caine, Elizabeth McGovern, Peter Riegert
AWARDS: 1 nomination COUNTRY: USA RUNTIME: 88 minutes RATED: R
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 ...


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.

Movie data

1 nomination

88 minutes

Starring of A Shock to the System

Michael Caine, Elizabeth McGovern, Peter Riegert


Black Comedy, Comedy Thriller, Satire

high artistic quality, high production values
adult humor, adult situations, mild violence, not for children, profanity

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