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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
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 »
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Written by Lorenzo Barcelata
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A little slow and overly kind
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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