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The Mercy (2018)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Biography, Drama | 30 November 2018 (USA)
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The incredible story of amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst and his solo attempt to circumnavigate the globe. The struggles he confronted on the journey while his family awaited his return is one of the most enduring mysteries of recent times.


James Marsh


Scott Z. Burns
4,220 ( 355)





Credited cast:
Rachel Weisz ... Clare Crowhurst
Colin Firth ... Donald Crowhurst
David Thewlis ... Rodney Hallworth
Genevieve Gaunt ... Miss Teignmouth
Mark Gatiss ... Ronald Hall
Kerry Godliman ... Bear and Swan Landlady
Andrew Buchan ... Ian Milburn
Jonathan Bailey ... Ian Wheeler
Simon McBurney ... Sir Francis Chichester
Anna Madeley ... Sara Milburn
Ken Stott ... Stanley Best
Tim Downie ... Style Editor
Adrian Schiller ... Mr. Elliot
Sebastian Armesto ... Nelson Messina
Kit Connor ... Simon Crowhurst


The incredible story of Donald Crowhurst , an amateur sailor who competed in the 1968 Sunday Times Golden Globe Race in the hope of becoming the first person in history to single-handedly circumnavigate the globe without stopping. With an unfinished boat and his business and house on the line, Donald leaves his wife, Clare and their children behind, hesitantly embarking on an adventure on his boat the Teignmouth Electron. The story of Crowhurst's dangerous solo voyage and the struggles he confronted on the epic journey while his family awaited his return is one of the most enduring mysteries of recent times. Written by Anonymous

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

30 November 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Donald Crowhurst Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Teignmouth, Devon, England, UK See more »


Box Office


$32,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of two biopics about Donald Crowhurst slated for release in the UK only a few weeks apart. The other, the independently produced Crowhurst (2017), starring Justin Salinger as Donald Crowhurst, was finished earlier, but the distributor of The Mercy bought it and delayed its release until a month after that of this film. See more »


When the Teignmouth Electron is leaving harbour, the yachts in the background have a stern shape that's about 40 years too modern. See more »


Clare Crowhurst: My children will still need a father, and I will still need a husband.
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smooth acting,shallow story
6 June 2018 | by ops-52535See all my reviews

This was a role made for colin firth,with his low relaxed voice and correct dictation,he does a decent job,in a not too well written script and plot. having read the book,seen documentaries,and other ffilms about this conning and misfortunate advetourous edison/tesla like characcter, i would have expected more. why did he cheat are meagerly told,and the faith of his family after he vanishes shoulld also have been better told. the settings though are lovely,especially the part of teignmouth in the movie.its very authentic and well made. light an d editing are fine,the score are engaging.

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