Mercury Rising

April 3, 1998 0 By Fans
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Plot

Bruce Willis is an outcast FBI agent who is assigned to protect a 9 year old autistic boy who is the target for assassins after cracking a top secret government code.

Release Year: 1998

Rating: 5.9/10 (28,598 voted)

Director:
Harold Becker

Stars: Bruce Willis, Miko Hughes, Alec Baldwin

Storyline
Bruce Willis is an outcast FBI agent who is assigned to protect a 9 year old autistic boy who is the target for assassins after cracking a top secret government code.

Writers: Ryne Douglas Pearson, Lawrence Konner

Cast:

Bruce Willis

Art Jeffries


Alec Baldwin

Nick Kudrow


Miko Hughes

Simon Lynch


Chi McBride

Tommy B. Jordan


Kim Dickens

Stacey


Robert Stanton

Dean Crandell


Bodhi Elfman

Leo Pedranski

(as Bodhi Pine Elfman)


Carrie Preston

Emily Lang


Lindsey Ginter

Peter Burrell

(as L.L. Ginter)


Peter Stormare

Shayes


Kevin Conway

Lomax


John Carroll Lynch

Martin Lynch


Kelley Hazen

Jenny Lynch


John Doman

Supervisor Hartley


Richard Riehle

Edgar Halstrom

Taglines:
Someone knows too much.

Release Date: 3 April 1998

Filming Locations: Chicago, Illinois, USA



Box Office Details

Budget: $60,000,000

(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $10,104,715
(USA)
(5 April 1998)
(2386 Screens)

Gross: $91,600,000
(Worldwide)



Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:

The wine that Art opens in Kudrow's basement is Chateau Petrus from Pomerol (identifiable by the red seal at the bottom left corner of the label), probably the most expensive Bordeaux red wine, and contrary to what Art said in the movie, even young Petrus costs much more than $75 per bottle.

Goofs:

Audio/visual unsynchronized:
When Emily walks into her boyfriend's apartment, her lips stop moving for a brief moment but she doesn't stop talking.

Quotes:

[first lines]

FBI Supervisor Hartley:
Let's go down.



User Review

What is really sad is the grain of truth in this story

Rating:

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.