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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Art Jeffries
... Nick Kudrow
... Simon Lynch
... Tommy B. Jordan
... Stacey
... Dean Crandell
... Leo Pedranski (as Bodhi Pine Elfman)
... Emily Lang
... Peter Burrell (as L.L. Ginter)
... Shayes
... Lomax
... Martin Lynch
... Jenny Lynch
... Supervisor Hartley
... Edgar Halstrom
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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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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 April 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mercury Falling  »

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Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,104,715, 5 April 1998, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$32,940,507, 5 July 1998

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$93,107,289
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

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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Better Circa 2004
30 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

I just watcehd this on DVD, loved it and was literally stunned to find that most people, in particular those that write movie reviews for a living slated this.

Maybe its because in 2004, some six years after its original release we are seeing a revival of the action/thriller (Bourne Supremacy etc).

So, what didn't I like, not much. I would like to have seen more made of the kids codebreaking, they could really have milked that and didn't, the opening scene was just to cliché in setting up Willis's character as were the characters of his big black boss and hard nosed chief. The very last scene was typical US syrup but was thankfully very short.

What was good? everything else, I loved the idea behind the story, Miko Hughes is totally amazing to the point I had to check the next day to find out how the hell they managed to get a autistic kid to act (is isn't autistic but is a damn fine actor), Willis really does add vulnerability to a role that he has played many times before, with the movie underpinned fantastically with a John Barry soundscore and Harold Becker carefully crafts what for me was a very enjoyable movie watching experience and stands head and shoulders above many I have seen recently. 3/5 for me


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