Edison (film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed by David J. Burke
Produced by Boaz Davidson
Randall Emmett
George Furla
John Thompson
Written by David J. Burke
Starring Morgan Freeman
LL Cool J
Justin Timberlake
Kevin Spacey
Music by Machine Head
Tobias Enhus
H. Scott Salinas
Cinematography Francis Kenny
Edited by Casey O. Rohrs
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Nu Image Films
Sony Pictures
Release dates
  • September 17, 2005 (2005-09-17) (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • July 18, 2006 (2006-07-18) (United States)
Running time
97 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $25 million[1][2]
Box office $4,143,414[3]

Edison (also known as Edison Force in the United States), is a 2005 American thriller film written and directed by David J. Burke, and stars Morgan Freeman, LL Cool J, Justin Timberlake and Kevin Spacey.


There is a force of corrupt cops called F.R.A.T, and the policemen who work for F.R.A.T are above the law. That is, until Joshua Pollack, an Edison journalist discovers a glitch in the system. Now, with the help of those who he trusts, he might be able to take F.R.A.T down.



While the film was in production, some people speculated it was based upon the title of the film and the limited story details with corrupt officers that the film was based upon the New Jersey township of Edison, since the township's recent (as of that time) controversy involving its police force.[citation needed] Writer and film director David J. Burke claimed that the name "Edison" was derived from its common association with the inventor and business leader Thomas Edison, which led to thoughts of "electricity, power and industry."[4]


The film was originally supposed to see a US release in the spring of 2005; however, due to its universal panning from critics after its screening at the Toronto Film Festival, its release to cinemas in the US and most other countries was cancelled. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released the film, originally titled Edison, as Edison Force, direct–to–video on July 18, 2006.[5] The film was released in theaters in Netherlands on March 12, 2006.


Edison received negative reviews. Based on six reviews, the film has a 0% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with an average score of 2.5/10.[6]


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  2. XSSIV (December 3, 2003). "'Edison' cast includes Freeman, Spacey and LL Cool J". MovieWeb. Retrieved September 22, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Edison Force". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 19, 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "The writing studio — The art of writing and making films — EDISON". Writing Studio. Retrieved July 12, 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Edison Force (2005)". Amazon.com. Retrieved July 12, 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Edison (Edison Force) (2005)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved February 7, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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