The Mercy

The Mercy

By James Marsh

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 2018-02-09
  • Advisory Rating: 12
  • Runtime: 1h 41min
  • Director: James Marsh
  • Production Company: BBC Films
  • Production Country: United Kingdom
  • iTunes Price: GBP 7.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: GBP 4.49
From 46 Ratings


Academy Award winner Colin Firth (The King's Speech, Kingsman: The Secret Service) portrays the incredible true 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 (Academy Award® winner Rachel Weisz, My Cousin Rachel, The Lobster) and their children behind, hesitantly embarking on an adventure in his boat the Teignmouth Electron. From the Academy Award®-winning director James Marsh (The Theory of Everything, Man on Wire) and the producers of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, comes one of the most enduring mysteries of recent times.



  • Unsatisfactory

    By Nick750
    The story of Donald Crowhurst's last voyage is better served by the truly excellent documentary 'Deep Water', or the various books on the Golden Globe race. This film as it is skates over many of the details and may leave viewers confused about Crowhurst's motivations and descent into insanity. That said, Colin Firth handles the rather thin material with a degree of aplomb and Rachel Weisz is convincing as Claire.
  • Slow, slow.

    By 7411
    This is a slow film, and a padded out film. Problem is there isn’t that much of a story to it. Man goes to sea, man disappears. It could have all been told in a 15 minutes- I wish it had was bored about 15 minutes in. Not enough made of the pressure on him to put to sea in a boat that wasn’t properly finished. Very little in the way of emotion in the whole thing, either from his wife/kids or from him when he knows the game is up. Very stiff upper lipped throughout. Shame.
  • It's OK

    By James P, Scottish Borders
    It's OK