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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.

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James Marsh

Writer:

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

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


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Country:

UK

Language:

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 »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Marks the first film of 2018 that Rachel Weisz took over a role from Kate Winslet, the other being The Favourite. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Sir Francis Chichester: A man alone on a boat is more alone than any man alive.
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Featured in Projector: The Mercy (2018) See more »

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Maria Elena
Written by Lorenzo Barcelata
Performed by Los Indios Tabajaras
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A sad tale slowly told
5 June 2018 | by iantraderSee all my reviews

It's easy to see what attracted Firth, Weisz, Thewlis et al to the movie.

It is very 1960s and it captures the period well. It's also a very interesting tale.

The main problem probably lies with the direction or possible the editing. Many scenes are drawn out to the point where you want to reach for the Fast Forward button. They're aiming for tension and suspense but it just doesn't work and makes viewing tedious.

Another problem is that once you've got the gist of the story, most of the subsequent events are a repetition of what's gone before so you've both repetition and tediousness. Okay, it's not quite as bad as that might make it sound and the actors elevate it to watchable status.

If you like tales of the sea or the actors, give it a whirl but you won't be missing much if you decide not to.


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