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The Most Electric Quotes From 'The Current War'

Updated October 29, 2019 255 votes 39 voters25 items

Now is the time to vote for the best The Current War quotes. The film, based on a true story, is a historical drama, but it lightens things up with occasional funny lines. Mostly, though, you'll be caught up in the tension as it depicts the competition between several famous and important men.

Benedict Cumberbatch plays Thomas Edison, Nicholas Hoult is Nikola Tesla, and Michael Shannon is George Westinghouse. Edison has invented DC current and thinks it's the key to bringing energy to the entire nation. Tesla and Westinghouse have their own idea. They're pushing AC current. The men battle for dominance, as they do everything possible to move their own visions to the forefront. 

The Current War debuted at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. Due to problems with its distributor, the film was shelved for two years until it could be sold off to a new company. That gave director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon time to refine it. The version being released to theaters is billed as "the Director's Cut," as it represents his full vision. Michael Mitnick wrote the screenplay. 

Vote up the most memorable The Current War quotes from the list below, regardless of which character speaks them. 

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    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. 

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    Problems For Idiots

    Samuel Insull: So, what's your trade?

    Nikola Tesla: I fix problems for idiots.

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    Control The Current

    Thomas Edison: The man that controls that current, controls that future.

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    Thomas Edison: Today, the impossible becomes possible.

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