The Mercy

The Mercy


DVD - 2019
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Donald Crowhurst, an amateur sailor competes 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.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Screen Media,, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE MERC
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (101 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches
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Jul 19, 2019

This title does not allow you to skip the previews or allow you to fast forward through them.
I did not watch the movie because of this.

Jul 06, 2019

the documentary dvd of this story is much better and it used real footage. the actual story is intrinsically interesting and this film ruins it with endless scenes of a man earnestly grimacing on a boat. Thankfully, the documentary had little footage of a man alone in a boat on the open sea. As Michael caine observed, the key to good acting is to not 'make faces'. Granted, that's a tall order when you're an actor "alone" on a boat, and it would be weird to speak to the cameraman, but having colin make faces isn't the solution to a bad movie.

JCLPiepieB Jun 26, 2019

Don't spoil this movie for yourself by reading Wikipedia beforehand. The acting is great (everyone who knows me knows I'm a huge Colin Firth fan), but the story is sad and dramatic. For me the movie went very quickly - sailing interests me and the scene with the dolphins was excellent. I watch everything with subtitles so I didn't miss a lot of the muttering/incoherence that other reviewers have mentioned. What I love about movies like this are the historical notes before the credits.

Jun 17, 2019

Had never heard of this man. What a selfish, ridiculous person he must has been to risk his home, business, family and life on such a venture. He was an amateur. We gave up on it when he set sail and decided to check out the factual story as suggested by other reviewers.

Apr 29, 2019

The story may have been worth watching, but with no closed-captioning or sub-titles it was extremely hard to understand. The main character (Colin Firth) spoke to himself in a quiet tone and nearly under the breath and with an English accent. It was nearly impossible to understand what he said. What a shame.

Apr 06, 2019

It's about a stupid hoax from the 1960s.
Search for "Donald Crowhurst" on Wikipedia instead.
I just saved you 2 hours.
You're welcome!

Apr 01, 2019

The disk I borrowed skipped horribly and had no closed captioning. I'm not sure what I missed, but as near as I can determine, this is a story of mental illness--perhaps longstanding depression or perhaps psychosis from prolonged isolation. The director makes every possible effort to prevent you figuring that out. The two up sides are 1) despite all the mumbling and without being able to determine if a scene is real or an hallucination, you get the clear picture he loved his children and 2) there is some pretty scenery.

Mar 30, 2019

Not only it's absurd life story, but what was the point of all of it?

Mar 30, 2019

Uninspiring and uninteresting story though based on real people and events. Expected a sailing adventure with an ambitious protagonist but instead got a slow slogging hoax and the people who were in it, a dumb-down version of the 2006 documentary "Deep Water."

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