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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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Leo Pedranski (as Bodhi Pine Elfman)
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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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Someone knows too much. See more »


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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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3 April 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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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Later the same year, Miko Hughes would play an autistic child again in the "Baywatch" episode _"Baywatch" (1989){Dolphin Quest (#9.4)}. See more »

Goofs

In the final part, when Stacey and Simon look to the huge building they about to enter outside it's still day light; after a few minutes, when they are on the roof of the building, outside looks like midnight. See more »

Quotes

[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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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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