Mercury Rising (1998)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  3 April 1998 (USA)
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Shadowy elements in the NSA target a nine-year old autistic savant for death when he is able to decipher a top secret code.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leo Pedranski (as Bodhi Pine Elfman)
Emily Lang
Lindsey Ginter ...
Peter Burrell (as L.L. Ginter)
Martin Lynch
Jenny Lynch
Supervisor Hartley


Bruce Willis is an outcast FBI agent who protects a 9 year old autistic boy who is the target for assassins after cracking a top secret government code. Written by ShowBob <>

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Someone knows too much. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 April 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mercury Falling  »

Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,104,715 (USA) (3 April 1998)


£1,027,487 (UK) (16 October 1998)

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FBI Supervisor Hartley: Let's go down.
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Probably for true Willis fans only
15 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It was just a matter of time before Bruce hit a slump. 1998 was a bad year. The Fifth Element was good, but The Siege, Armageddon and Mercury Rising were stretching it for the star. Not that they are a complete waste, but they are for fans only.

I work with children who have autism, so I naturally like the fact that they are featured and hope that it helps people understand the disease a little more. So, it was a good story for me, and Willis' acting with the boy probably got him the role in The Sixth Sense.

Alec Baldwin plays the government official you love to hate as he is effective in displaying why we distrust the government so much. Hope that comment doesn't get me sent to Guantanamo.

Maybe not entirely realistic, but good job by Willis and a good thriller.

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