A Shock to the System 31 years old

Climbing the corporate ladder can be murder.

A Shock to the System

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.

Credits

A Shock to the System Cast

Name Character
Samuel L. Jackson He was 41, now 73 years old as Ulysses
Swoosie Kurtz She was 45, now 77 years old as Leslie Marshall
Michael Caine He was 57, now 88 years old as Graham Marshall
Barbara Baxley She was 67, 67 years old when she died as Lillian
Will Patton He was 35, now 67 years old as Lt. Laker
Zach Grenier He was 36, now 67 years old as Executive #2
Elizabeth McGovern She was 28, now 60 years old as Stella Anderson
Jonathan Freeman He was 40, now 71 years old as Decorator in Bob's Office
Haviland Morris She was 30, now 62 years old as Tara Liston
Peter Riegert He was 42, now 74 years old as Robert Benham
Rik Colitti He was 56, 75 years old when he died as Bum #2
John McMartin He was 60, 86 years old when he died as George Brewster
Kim Staunton She was 33, now 65 years old as Secretary #2
Welker White She was 25, now 57 years old as Kennel Driver
Philip Moon He was 28, now 60 years old as Henry Park
Angela Pietropinto She was 20, now 52 years old as Additional Dialogue
Mike Starr He was 39, now 71 years old as Bum #3
Miguel Pérez He was 32, now 64 years old as Transit Cop
Mia Dillon She was 34, now 66 years old as Graham's Secretary
John Finn He was 37, now 69 years old as Motorman
Socorro Santiago She was 38, now 70 years old as Rental Car Attendant / Additional Dialogue
Jenny Wright She was 28, now 59 years old as Melanie O'Conner
Frank Ferrara He was 13, now 45 years old as Off Duty Cab Driver
Kent Broadhurst He was 50, now 81 years old as Executive #1
Christopher Durang He was 41, now 73 years old as Convention Speaker
Louise Williams as Additional Dialogue
Scotty Bloch She was 65, 93 years old when she died as Secretary #1
Joe Zaloom as Hot Dog Vendor
Victor Truro as Bum
Craig Sechler He was 38, now 70 years old as Additional Dialogue
David Schramm He was 44, 52 years old when he died as Executive #3
Jim Dratfield as Additional Dialogue
Garry Goodrow He was 56, 80 years old when he died as Additional Dialogue

A Shock to the System Crew

Name Department
Andrew Klavan as Screenplay. He was 36 (now 68) years old Writing
Patrick McCormick as Producer. Production
Paul Goldsmith as Director of Photography. He was 64 (now 96) years old Camera
Jan Egleson as Director. He was 44 (now 76) years old Directing
David V. Picker as Executive Producer. He was 58 (87) years old when He died Production
Gary Chang as Music. He was 37 (now 68) years old Sound
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A Shock to the System (31 years)

Climbing the corporate ladder can be murder.

  • Release day: Friday, March 23, 1990
  • Runtime: 91 minutes