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The Boy from Mercury (1996) is a nostalgic Irish Film, the first from writer and director Martin Duffy. The film concerns the science-fiction daydreams of a young boy in 1960 Dublin. Upon release, the film received international critical acclaim, and several awards, though was commercially unsuccessful. It was the first time actors Rita Tushingham and Tom Courtenay had appeared on screen together since Doctor Zhivago thirty years earlier. The film was also the debut of young Irish actor James Hickey.

The Boy from Mercury
Directed byMartin Duffy
Produced byMarina Hughes
Written byMartin Duffy
StarringRita Tushingham
Tom Courtenay
Hugh O'Conor
James Hickey
Music byStephen McKeon
CinematographySeamus Deasy
Edited byJohn Victor-Smith
Blue Dahlia Productions
Release date
14 March 1996
Running time
87 minutes

The book of the making of the film, The Road to Mercury, written by the director, was released in 2006 by Ogma Press.

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