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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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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 <showbob@geocities.com>

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boy | nsa | fbi | assassin | puzzle | See All (136) »

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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)  »

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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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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When Emily walks into her boyfriend's apartment, her lips stop moving for a brief moment but she doesn't stop talking. 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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Killed by its own premise
13 January 2007 | by (Camberley, England) – See all my reviews

This movie has one huge problem: *its basic premise makes no sense at all*. Killing the kid is in absolutely nobody's interest. His codebreaking skill would be of immeasurable value to the very people who are trying to kill him, while safeguarding the code without killing him would be fairly straightforward. This is so obvious that it essentially ruins the whole movie.

The rest of the movie is OK if you ignore that problem. The performances are generally good, and Miko Hughes is excellent as Simon. There is nothing here you haven't seen a dozen times before, but it's generally well done. It's not worth making any real effort to see this movie, but you probably won't have a bad time if you do.


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