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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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nsa | fbi | assassin | puzzle | 9 year old | 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  »

Box Office

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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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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On the bank's security camera video tape of Art and Dean crossing the street, knee pads are clearly visible beneath Dean's pants in preparation for his fall. See more »

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[first lines]
FBI Supervisor Hartley: Let's go down.
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References 60 Minutes (1968) See more »

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Evil (Is Going On)
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Performed by KoKo Taylor
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Not your typical Bruce Willis film
24 October 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This film was panned by critics when it was first released, and to this day, I have absolutely no idea why.

Perhaps its because when you think of 'Bruce Willis' you think Die Hard, Action, over the top sequences.

Well perhaps the 'critics' need to get a life and stop thinking in such narrow terms, Willis is an able actor that can do more than Die Hard and in Mercury Rising he proves it ably.

I'm not going to go too much into the story as many others have, but the performance of Miko Hughes as the autistic 8 year old was fantastic. Having met a few autistic children, I'm not sure how Miko Hughes' performance wasn't singled out, which just further goes to show the naivety of the critics.

Only thing I didn't like about the film is John Barrys score. This man is so typecast as the James Bond music man, whenever I hear music, thats all I can think of, as his style is so focused on a certain type of sound with the same instruments littering his scores.

Every film he has ever done sounds the same.

Mercury Rising is worthy of your time, and I am not surprised that people are finally discovering it and realising that its not the failure that critics would have you believe.


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