A Shock to the System

A Shock to the System is a 1990 American black comedy crime thriller film directed by Jan Egleson and starring Michael Caine, Swoosie Kurtz, Elizabeth McGovern, and Peter Riegert. It is based on the 1984 novel A Shock to the System by British author Simon Brett.


Henpecked husband Graham Marshall, a long-time executive in a large advertising company, is unexpectedly passed over for promotion by his obnoxious rival Bob Benham. Marshall is angry and disappointed. His wife, Leslie, is devastated and continually reproaches her husband for his apparent lack of ambition and willpower.