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Mercury Rising (1998)

 -  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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Bruce Willis is an outcast FBI agent who is assigned to protect a 9 year old autistic boy who is the target for assassins after cracking a top secret government code. Written by ShowBob <showbob@geocities.com>

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boy | nsa | fbi | assassin | puzzle | See All (135) »

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The boy no one could reach. The code no one could crack. The agent no one could stop. See more »


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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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3 April 1998 (USA)  »

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Mercury Falling  »

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Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£457,292 (UK) (2 October 1998)

Gross:

£1,027,487 (UK) (16 October 1998)
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Trivia

The plot bears a striking resemblance to a real event in history as reported by Bruce Watson on DailyFinance's Website on 24 December 2009: '...In December 1955, Sears Roebuck ran a newspaper ad with what they claimed was Santa's direct number. Unfortunately, the phone number they offered was one digit off; instead of Sears, it linked to a top secret line at CONAD, the Continental Air Defense Command. When Colonel Harry Shoup, the command's director of operations, answered the phone, he expected to hear about a missile strike against the US. Instead, he got a little kid who wanted to talk to Santa. Although the conversation ended with the child crying and Shoup fuming, the Colonel eventually came around and began giving the children updates on Santa's travels through the night sky. The following year, CONAD offered a new, non-secret, phone number that children could call. In 1958, when CONAD became NORAD, the new command continued the tradition...' See more »

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In the ambulance, they skip the green card in Simon's collection, which is why they appear to be in a different order on the train. See more »

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[first lines]
FBI Supervisor Hartley: Let's go down.
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London Jam
Written by Pelham Goddard and Christopher 'Tambo' Herbert
Performed by Chicago State University Steel Band
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What is really sad is the grain of truth in this story
17 August 2002 | by (East Lansing, MI) – See all my reviews

Mercury Rising is a very conventional "government bad guys" story about evil agents out to kill an autistic boy who can break their top code. Of course, the premise of the movie, that the government would rather kill someone who can break their code rather than fixing the problems with the code, is incredibly stupid. If one boy can break the code, isn't is reasonable that some other boy in Russia or wherever can also break it? If it has a flaw that allows the kid to find the pattern, doesn't it need to be fixed? Of course, not. We just kill the kid and pretend nothing ever happened.

But, what is really sad is that there is a grain of truth in this story. It is the policy of the US Government that TRYING to break codes is illegal. If you are smart enough to figure out that the DVD encryption has a major flaw, it's not the fault of the designers, it's your fault. Researchers who have discovered flaws in codes, watermarks, etc, have been arrested. This "head in the sand" policy has been around for a long time.

So, next time you see this movie, just think how easy it would be to combine this attitude with someone a bit too gung ho.


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