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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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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  »

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Box Office

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

The scene is Kudrow's wine cellar has Kudrow accusing Jeffries of watching too many SUV commercials. 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 the Toyota Tundra and Baldwin has done ads for Chevy/GMC. See more »

Goofs

When Simon calls the puzzle line the second time, Art takes the phone and speaks to Dean but does not say his name, only that he is FBI. When Art meets Dean the following day Dean knows Art's name is Agent Jeffries. See more »

Quotes

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

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Woody Waltz
From Woody Woodpecker Cartoon
Written by Darrell Calker
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What is really sad is the grain of truth in this story
17 August 2002 | by 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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