Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult, Tom Holland, Katherine Waterston, Tuppence Middleton, Simon Manyonda, Matthew Macfadyen
Historical bio-drama directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon which tells the story of the cutthroat competition between the greatest inventors of the industrial age over whose electrical system would power the new century. Backed by J.P. Morgan, Thomas Edison (Benedict Cumberbatch) is on the verge of creating a marketable and sustainable electricity system for the first time in history. But George Westinghouse (Michael Shannon), aided by Nikola Tesla (Nicholas Hoult), notice a fatal flaws in Edison’s direct current design, which ignites a war of currents between these two rivals.
Thomas Edison: I’m so full of ideas it will take me twelve lifetimes to execute it. I’m working on something now, something so new that the world will never be the same.
Thomas Edison: My boys and I caught in a jar what before now has only been flashed across the night sky.
Thomas Edison: Thomas Alva Edison. Boys, I trust you brought your checkbooks.
Nikola Tesla: Nikola Tesla. I will be the greatest provider of electrical power in the world. Better than Edison.
Thomas Edison: This is a battle for the brightest minds of America.
Thomas Edison: Today the impossible becomes the possible.
Thomas Edison: Automation, transportation, communication. And the man that controls that current controls that future.
Thomas Edison: Stoves, washing machines, electric carriages.
George Westinghouse: Hello, I’m George Westinghouse.
George Westinghouse: If you want to be remembered, it’s simple, shoot a president. But if you prefer to have what I call a legacy, you leave the world a better place than you found it.
George Westinghouse: I have the better system. Westinghouse Electricity shall endure.
Man: So what’s your trade?
Nikola Tesla: Inventor. I fix problems for idiots.
Samuel Insull: You are building miracles out of thin air.
Nikola Tesla: If Mr. Edison succeeds, he will set us back so far we may never recover.
Nikola Tesla: Sometimes we have to work outside of rules to get what’s right. That is how you truly win.
Nikola Tesla: My motor, that is our future.
Sherman Quincy: Though he may be unfamiliar to you, his studies have demonstrated an understanding of electrical matters unlike anyone I have ever known. Gentlemen, and lady, Nikola Tesla.
Nikola Tesla: A city of light. I built it already in my imagination, and it is perfect.
Thomas Edison: Oh, you get vultures in every venture. But did I mention that his system’s lethal.
Thomas Edison: He’s a parasite. His current kills people!
Samuel Insull: Only because you said it would!
Westinghouse’s Assistant: He’s playing dirty. You can’t too.
Womack: [to Tesla] You can’t see the real force that moves things if it’s not ACDC. It’s not currents, it’s currency.
Womack: [to Tesla] You’re fired. There’s never going to be anything named Tesla ever again.
George Westinghouse: This is costing us a fortune!
[referring to Westinghouse]
William Kemmler: Don’t let him agitate you. This is how he is.
Thomas Edison: Sue him!
Thomas Edison: Westinghouse stole from me!
George Westinghouse: I can do the same thing with electricity than I do with gas.
Horace Kaden: Edison’s new electric system is, uh, significantly cheaper than gas. Does that keep you up at night?
George Westinghouse: There’s always more to see.
Thomas Edison: Our future is not going to be paved with bricks, but with copper.
Samuel Insull: There is a possibility you’ll be putting in jeopardy the lives of twenty-eight million people.
Thomas Edison: We are going to be big. Big!
George Westinghouse: Edison says he’s months away from lighting up the world.
Thomas Edison: Edison Electric, it has to be.
Boy: Are you rich?
George Westinghouse: At the moment.
George Westinghouse: Mr. Edison, if you say something about me or my company again I would ask that you tell the truth.
George Westinghouse: Tonight things could change.
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