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Mercury Rising (1998)

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
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 <showbob@geocities.com>

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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)


$32,940,507 (USA) (3 July 1998)

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Did You Know?


The scene is Kudrow's wine cellar has Kudrow accusing Jeffries of watching too many suv commercials and the irony of this is that both Bruce Willis and Alec Baldwin have done voice over work for those types of ads. Willis has done ads for Toyota Tundra and Baldwin has done ads for Chevy/GMC. See more »


When art and Simon return to Simon's home days later the blood on the floor from where his father died is still wet and red. It should have been clotted/ dry and brownish-red by now. See more »


[first lines]
FBI Supervisor Hartley: Let's go down.
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Featured in Watch the Mercury Rising (1999) See more »


London Jam
Written by Pelham Goddard and Christopher 'Tambo' Herbert
Performed by Chicago State University Steel Band
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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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