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]
ISBN: 9786317661806
Branch Call Number: DVD MERC
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (101 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Dolby Digital 5.1
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Dec 03, 2020

Dull and it is shameful that such a FRAUD would even warrant a study, let alone a film. Pathetic.

Feb 10, 2020

This is the second big-budget film made on the true story of the ill-fated attempt by the weekend sailor Donald Crowhurst in 1968 to win a prize for the first solo round-the-world yacht trip without a landfall, prompted by his family's economic insecurity and inspired by the famous solo voyage undertaken successfully by Sir Francis Chichester the year before. The critics didn't think all that highly of Colin Firth's performance in Crowhurst's role, but I beg to differ with them. The film vividly shows the nature of Crowhurst's ill-prepared voyage, the flaws in his trimaran Teignmouth Electron, his attempt to deceive the world's press, his egomania, and his eventual descent into madness, all chronicled in the ship's log he left behind on the boat when it was discovered floating in the Atlantic, its captain nowhere to be found. This film owes a lot to the excellent earlier book by Tomalin and Hall called The Strange Last Voyage of Donald Crowhurst, which provides even more harrowing detail regarding Crowhurst's self-inflicted ordeal. There is also an excellent half-hour documentary on the story, which can be found on You Tube.

Aug 29, 2019

I was lost without subtitles. Sad.

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.

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