A Shock to the System

A Shock to the System (1990)

Climbing the corporate ladder can be murder.

  • Genre: Crime, Comedy, Drama, Thriller
  • Release Date: 1990-03-23
  • User Rating: 6.4/10 from 87 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 31min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Brigand Films
  • Production Country: United States of America
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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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    Editing Peter C. Frank Editor
    Editing William M. Anderson Editor
    Art Howard Cummings Production Design
    Art Robert J. Franco Set Decoration
    Production David V. Picker Executive Producer
    Production Mary Colquhoun Casting
    Costume & Make-Up John Dunn Costume Design
    Sound Gary Chang Original Music Composer
    Writing Andrew Klavan Screenplay
    Production Patrick McCormick Producer
    Camera Paul Goldsmith Director of Photography
    Production Alice Arlen Associate Producer
    Directing Jan Egleson Director
    Crew Ady Cohen Craft Service
    Writing Simon Brett Novel
    Art Bob Shaw Art Direction