Mercury Rising

Mercury Rising is a 1998 American action thriller film starring Bruce Willis and Alec Baldwin. Directed by Harold Becker, the movie is based on Ryne Douglas Pearson's 1996 novel originally published as Simple Simon, which was the working title of the film. Willis plays Art Jeffries, an undercover FBI agent who protects a nine-year-old autistic boy, Simon Lynch (played by Miko Hughes), who is targeted by government assassins after he cracks a top secret government code.


The film opens with a hostage situation in a South Dakota bank. Undercover as one of the bank robbers, FBI Agent Art Jeffries guards 14 year-old James while trying to convince the gang’s leader, Edgar Halstrom, to surrender. Despite his request for more time, an FBI task force storms the building, in the process killing both James and the thieves. Jeffries challenges his boss, Hartley, who responds that it’s Washington they must answer to. Enraged, Art punches Hartley and is demoted to desk duty.