A Shock to the System (1990)

Genres - Comedy Drama, Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Black Comedy, Comedy Thriller, Satire  |   Release Date - Mar 23, 1990 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 91 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - R
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Synopsis by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Shock to the System is a black comedy about a middle-aged advertising executive (Michael Caine) who loses his long-awaited promotion to a younger man (Peter Reigret). In frustration, Caine accidentally pushes a panhandler in front of a subway train--and he gets away with the death. Realizing that committing murder might be a little easier than he previously had thought, he begins plotting the murder of several of his corporate enemies.



ambition, executive, frame-up, humiliation, killing, mid-life-crisis, murder, promotion, revenge


High Artistic Quality, High Production Values