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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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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

Plot Keywords:

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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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Alec Baldwin appeared in this film due to a contractual obligation to Universal Pictures. Baldwin had previously backed out of a film for Universal and signed an agreement promising the studio another film. Years later, this film was presented to him and he did it to avoid further litigation. See more »


On the bank's security camera video tape of Art and Dean crossing the street, knee pads are clearly visible beneath Dean's pants in preparation for his fall. See more »


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