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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leo Pedranski (as Bodhi Pine Elfman)
Emily Lang
Lindsey Ginter ...
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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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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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)


£1,027,487 (UK) (16 October 1998)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The wine that Art opens in Kudrow's basement is Chateau Petrus from Pomerol (identifiable by the red seal at the bottom left corner of the label), probably the most expensive Bordeaux red wine, and contrary to what Art said in the movie, even young Petrus costs much more than $75 per bottle. See more »


When Art is driving the ambulance, we see it from the front, with the word "Ambulance" clearly readable. However, the word is always printed in reverse on the front of an ambulance, so that it can be read by drivers looking in their rear-view mirror. The film has not been flipped, because it's clear that Art is sitting in the ordinary driver's seat. See more »


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


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Understated film; terrific chemistry between Willis and Hughes
28 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

Mercury Rising received a poor reception, a fate that movies of mixed genre's often received. Audiences came in expecting an action movie, and what they found was a heartwarming film about autism.

The plot of Mercury Rising is almost laughably thin. An autistic child sees through a top secret code, and the government decides to kill him. Enter the rogue FBI agent(Bruce Willis) with the heart of gold, and watch the testosterone take over. A plot like this is something usually associated with Steven Seagal.

The salvation to this movie is the relationship between Simon Lynch(Miko Hughes), the autistic child, and Willis redeems the movie. Without falling prey to the temptation to preach on autism, it sketchs an accurate picture of the illness. Hughes' performance is heartbreaking and accurate.

Alec Baldwin maintains the movies tension with a chilling performance as an NSA agent who makes the decision to kill Simon. Baldwin revels in the role of villain, pulling out every acting chop he has to make this role believable.

Director Harold Becker manages to propel this movie beyond its thin plot, riding on the backs of the incredible talent within the movie.

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