A Shock to the System (1990)


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Crime, Mystery & Thriller, Comedy
1h 31min
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Michael Caine
Graham Marshall
Elizabeth McGovern
Stella Anderson
Peter Riegert
Robert Benham
Swoosie Kurtz
Leslie Marshall
Will Patton
Lt. Laker
Jenny Wright
Melanie O'Conner
John McMartin
George Brewster
Philip Moon
Henry Park
Kent Broadhurst
Executive #1
Zach Grenier
Executive #2
David Schramm
Executive #3
Sam Schacht
David Jones
Christopher Durang
Convention Speaker
Mia Dillon
Graham's Secretary
Alice Haining
Benham's Secretary
Scotty Bloch
Secretary #1
Kim Staunton
Secretary #2
Alicia Hoge
Secretary #3
Miguel Pérez
Transit Cop
John Finn
Jonathan Freeman
Decorator in Bob's Office
Joe Zaloom
Hot Dog Vendor
Socorro Santiago
Rental Car Attendant / Additional Dialogue
Welker White
Kennel Driver
Frank Ferrara
Off Duty Cab Driver
Jim Dratfield
Additional Dialogue
Fred Ephraim
Additional Dialogue
Garry Goodrow
Additional Dialogue
David H. Kramer
Additional Dialogue
Angela Pietropinto
Additional Dialogue
Craig Sechler
Additional Dialogue
Louise Williams
Additional Dialogue


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.

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