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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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Storyline

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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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:

$10,104,715 (USA) (3 April 1998)

Gross:

$32,940,507 (USA) (3 July 1998)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

When Art gets out of the ambulance and climbs the fence with Simon he goes over first and then lifts Simon over. Art holds Simon tightly as he crawls on the ground between the fence and a train track. Art pauses and peers down the highway having never released Simon. Then, one second later, Simon is a hundred yards down the track, behind Art, walking headlong into an oncoming train. It's impossible in the transpired time for Simon to have covered the distance at his meandering pace. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
FBI Supervisor Hartley: Let's go down.
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Connections

References Ricki Lake (1992) See more »

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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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