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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Colin Firth ... Donald Crowhurst
Eleanor Stagg ... Rachel Crowhurst
Rachel Weisz ... Clare Crowhurst
Zara Prassinot Zara Prassinot ... Waterskiing Girl
Oliver Maltman ... Dennis Herbstein
Mark Gatiss ... Ronald Hall
Simon McBurney ... Sir Francis Chichester
Sam Hoare ... Mr. Hughes
Avye Leventis ... Mrs. Hughes
Finn Elliot ... James Crowhurst
Kit Connor ... Simon Crowhurst
Andrew Buchan ... Ian Milburn
Anna Madeley ... Sara Milburn
Ken Stott ... Stanley Best
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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Kate Winslet was first cast as Crowhurst's wife, before dropping out and being replaced by Rachel Weisz. 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 »


Reporter: Will you be entering, Sir Francis?
Sir Francis Chichester: No, no, I've had my fun. Wild horses wouldn't drag me back to the sinister Southern Ocean. I believe a man said that the waves there measured not in feet and inches, but in increments of fear.
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Dramatic but interesting and kind of unexpected
15 August 2018 | by Alexander_BlanchettSee all my reviews

A fine follow up for James Marsh after his Oscar nominated "The Theory of Everything" This film is about a amateur sailor who hits the sea because he takes part in a competition to become the fast sailor to cross the sea on a boat ... If you expect a survival drama a la "All is Lost" you will be mistaken. Sure the film is also about survival.... physically but also mentally because it challenges its protagonist with a lot of moralic questions and situations. In fact the protagonist does it himself. The film is about overcoming your mistakes and if you are able to face them or not. Colin Firth is really good in the leading role and his casting was quite inspired. He gives one of his very best post Oscar performances. I also love how he developed. A truly interesting character for a great actor. Rachel Weisz was also fine, but often the material she was given to, did not justify her great talent. It was a rather seconary role that at least allowed her to show off at the end. The film had many nice shots, a really great score by late Johan Johannsson who delivered one of his last scores to that film. A great and rather unexpected ending (if you dont know the true story). Highly recommended to those who enjoy good acting cinema.

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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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Dolby Digital



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2.35 : 1
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