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The Mercy (2017)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Biography, Drama | 28 November 2017 (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 (screenplay by)
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Credited cast:
David Thewlis ... Rodney Hallworth
Rachel Weisz ... Clare Crowhurst
Anna Madeley ... Sara Milburn
Colin Firth ... Donald Crowhurst
Mark Gatiss ... Ronald Hall
Simon McBurney ... Sir Francis Chichester
Jonathan Bailey ... Ian Wheeler
Andrew Buchan ... Ian Milburn
Sebastian Armesto ... Nelson Messina
Dorothy Atkinson ... Eve Tetley
Ken Stott ... Stanley Best
Kerry Godliman ... Bear and Swan Landlady
Genevieve Gaunt ... Miss Teignmouth
Finn Elliot ... James Crowhurst
Adrian Schiller ... Mr. Elliot


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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From the Academy Award winning director of "The Theory of Everything". See more »


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The mayor played in the film was in fact the son of the actual mayor when Crowhurst set sail. In fact the son has even been mayor of Teignmouth twice since his father. He is the 3rd generation of Bladons to serve as mayor to the town. 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 »


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A little slow and overly kind
25 September 2018 | by thekarmicnomadSee all my reviews

In the 60's a guy decides one day that he should risk all he has to race around the world in a yacht. This is his story.

The first half of the movie concerns itself with the technical, financial and emotional aspects of the trip.

There are some obvious hurdles to this proposed jaunt around the globe. The main character lacks money, experience, time and the most rudimentary knowledge of sailing in the high seas. Because of the stiff-upper-lipness of the period everyone is very optimistic and polite about what appears, at first hand, his obvious suicide mission.

The back end of the film is about the race. Watching someone bob around on the sea in a tiny boat it turns out is very, very dull.

This cast do a grand job bringing the reserved characters to life; Rachel Weisz easily steals the show .

The film is non-judgemental, non-sensational and well crafted. It is nice to watch something that hangs around in second gear; but saying that it does (ironically) make for quite a dry watch.

This is a perfect film for a Sunday when you feel like something serious but not too taxing.

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Release Date:

28 November 2017 (USA) See more »

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Untitled Donald Crowhurst Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Teignmouth, Devon, England, UK See more »


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$18,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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