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The Rock

"Alcatraz. Only one man has ever broken out. Now five million lives depend on two men breaking in."

R 1996-06-07 Action 2hr 17m

When vengeful General Francis X. Hummel seizes control of Alcatraz Island and threatens to launch missiles loaded with deadly chemical weapons into San Francisco, only a young FBI chemical weapons expert and notorious Federal prisoner have the stills to penetrate the impregnable island fortress and take him down.

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When vengeful General Francis X. Hummel seizes control of Alcatraz Island and threatens to launch missiles loaded with deadly chemical weapons into San Francisco, only a young FBI chemical weapons expert and notorious Federal prisoner have the stills to penetrate the impregnable island fortress and take him down.

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Cast

Sean Connery

Sean Connery

John Patrick Mason
Nicolas Cage

Nicolas Cage

Dr. Stanley Goodspeed
Ed Harris

Ed Harris

Brigadier General Francis X. Hummel, USMC
John Spencer

John Spencer

FBI Director James Womack
David Morse

David Morse

Major Tom Baxter
William Forsythe

William Forsythe

Special Agent Ernest Paxton
Michael Biehn

Michael Biehn

Commander Charles Anderson
Vanessa Marcil

Vanessa Marcil

Carla Pestalozzi
John C. McGinley

John C. McGinley

Marine Captain Hendrix
Gregory Sporleder

Gregory Sporleder

Captain Frye
Tony Todd

Tony Todd

Captain Darrow
Bokeem Woodbine

Bokeem Woodbine

Sergeant Crisp
Jim Maniaci

Jim Maniaci

Private Scarpetti
Greg Collins

Greg Collins

Private Gamble
Brendan Kelly

Brendan Kelly

Private Cox
Steve Harris

Steve Harris

Private McCoy
Danny Nucci

Danny Nucci

Lieutenant Shephard
Claire Forlani

Claire Forlani

Jade Angelou
Celeste Weaver

Celeste Weaver

Stacy Richards
Todd Louiso

Todd Louiso

Marvin Isherwood
David Bowe

David Bowe

Dr. Ling
Raquel Krelle

Raquel Krelle

Agent Margie Wood
Dennis Chalker

Dennis Chalker

Seal Boyer
Duffy Gaver

Duffy Gaver

Seal Dando
Steve Decker

Steve Decker

Navy Seal
Joseph Hawes

Joseph Hawes

Navy Seal
Mike Mahrer

Mike Mahrer

Navy Seal
Rick Toms

Rick Toms

Navy Seal
Billy Devlin

Billy Devlin

Navy Seal
Jack Yates

Jack Yates

Hummel Marine 'A'
Juan A. Riojas

Juan A. Riojas

Hummel Marine 'B'
Joseph Patrick Kelly

Joseph Patrick Kelly

Hummel Marine 'C'
Ingo Neuhaus

Ingo Neuhaus

Marine That Dies
John Laughlin

John Laughlin

General Peterson
Harry Humphries

Harry Humphries

Navy Admiral
Howard Platt

Howard Platt

Louis Lindstrom
Willie Garson

Willie Garson

Francis Reynolds
John Nathan

John Nathan

F.B.I. Radar Technician
Robert M. Anselmo

Robert M. Anselmo

F.B.I. Radar Technician
Jack Ford

Jack Ford

Military Official
Thomas J. Hageboeck

Thomas J. Hageboeck

F.B.I. Agent Cord
Dwight Hicks

Dwight Hicks

F.B.I. Agent Star
Ralph Peduto

Ralph Peduto

F.B.I. Agent Hunt
Anthony Clark

Anthony Clark

Paul the Hotel Barber
Andy Ryan

Andy Ryan

Lab Technician
Sean Skelton

Sean Skelton

Kid on Motorcycle
Raymond O'Connor

Raymond O'Connor

Park Ranger Bob
Jane Sanguinetti

Jane Sanguinetti

Female Tourist
Luenell

Luenell

Female Tourist
John W. Love Jr.

John W. Love Jr.

Male Tourist
Sam Whipple

Sam Whipple

Larry Henderson
Tom Towles

Tom Towles

Alcatraz Park Ranger
Ronald Simmons

Ronald Simmons

Alcatraz Park Ranger
Robert Ben Rajab

Robert Ben Rajab

Alcatraz Park Ranger
Leonard McMahan

Leonard McMahan

Cable Car Conductor
Anthony Guidera

Anthony Guidera

Lead F-18 Pilot
Jim Caviezel

Jim Caviezel

Rear F-18 Pilot
John Enos III

John Enos III

Sea Stallion Pilot
Ken Kells

Ken Kells

Spotter
Xander Berkeley

Xander Berkeley

Lonner (uncredited)
Raymond Cruz

Raymond Cruz

Sergeant Rojas (uncredited)
Matthew James Gulbranson

Matthew James Gulbranson

U.S. Marine (uncredited)
Philip Baker Hall

Philip Baker Hall

Chief Justice (uncredited)
Pat Skipper

Pat Skipper

Navy Lt. Commander (uncredited)
Stuart Wilson

Stuart Wilson

General Al Kramer (uncredited)
Stanley Anderson

Stanley Anderson

The President (uncredited)
David Marshall Grant

David Marshall Grant

Chief of Staff Hayden Sinclair (uncredited)

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Reviews for The Rock
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A Review by BlackDiamondBass97

Written by BlackDiamondBass97 on 2018-01-13

Alcatraz. Only one man has ever broken out. Now five million lives depend on two men breaking in. Michael Bay's best picture. The soph... read more

Alcatraz. Only one man has ever broken out. Now five million lives depend on two men breaking in. Michael Bay's best picture. The sophomore effort from director Michael Bay, this $75 million dollar action film was released nationwide on June 7, 1996 - eventually earning $335 million. The particularly great R-rated premise sees a mild-mannered chemist teaming up with a resourceful ex-con who must infiltrate Alcatraz prison after a rogue group of military men, led by a renegade general, threaten a nerve-gas attack. Constantly in over his head, and never one to use profane language, Nicholas Cage is excellent as the quirky chemist - often resorting to quips and jokes in lieu of violence. In a character that feels like a sort of spiritual successor to his portrayal of James Bond, Sean Connery is the patient but skilled MI6 operative. After 30-years of false imprisonment, he's recruited from jail to help the feds sneak onto Alcatraz - as he's the only person to have successfully escaped from the prison facility decades earlier. When he's required to finally put his knowledge of the defunct prison to the test, the disbelief and amazement from his military companions is quite amusing. The unlikely pairing of these two is honestly the best part of the film. Cage's zany behavior is a perfect foil for Connery's relaxed confidence. The British ex-con chastises his younger counterpart on 'doing his best'. "Your'best'? Losers always whine about their best. Winners go home and -bang- the prom queen." After a quick beat and a sly grin, Nicholas responds, "Carla was the prom queen." This isn't just a funny encapsulation of their relationship, but one of my all-time favorite exchanges in any action movie. Ed Harris is phenomenal as the quote, "bad guy" - a disillusioned Marine General whose terrorist actions are only to secure reparations for his forgotten and fallen soldiers. It's honestly a perfectly understandable, and dare I say noble position; a man willing to commit treason and risk his life to help the families of his former troops. Which is why the government's handling, and ultimate dismissal of his ransom request is so perplexing and frustrating. Before ordering a massive aerial kill strike on the entire island, the President gives an impassioned speech (seemingly to an empty Oval Office) about his 'impossible decision' - but this only highlights the aforementioned plot hole. Harris only asked for $100 million dollars... why not just give him the money? The supporting cast is stacked with even more excellent talent; David Morse, William Forsythe, Michael Beihn, Xander Berkeley, and Phillip Baker Hall. Of particular note however is John Spencer - who does fantastic work as a conflicted FBI director who reluctantly recruits Connery, Tony Todd who has one of the best on-screen deaths ever, and John C. McGinley whose unrealistic performance as an over-eager Marine makes him seem miscast. A trio of composers, including Hans Zimmer, bring some interesting and appropriate ideas to the soundtrack, utilizing synthesized themes and electric guitars. It feels reminiscent of the excellent score from the "Rainbow Six" video game that came out two years later. While this feature never quite breaks the mold, it definitely represents the best possible version of your stereotypical mid-90s action film. For a rewatchable thrill-ride with plenty of excitement and memorable characters, look no further. "The Rock" is explosive fun that never takes itself too seriously. Perhaps Bay's best film, I thought it was AWESOME.

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A Review by John Chard 8

Written by John Chard on 2019-08-25

Welcome to The Rock. The Rock is directed by Michael Bay and written by David Weisberg, Douglas Cook & Mark Rosner. It stars Sean Connery... read more

Welcome to The Rock. The Rock is directed by Michael Bay and written by David Weisberg, Douglas Cook & Mark Rosner. It stars Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage, Ed Harris, David Morse, William Forsythe & Michael Biehn. When a highly decorated army general (Harris) decides that he's had enough of his men dying and not getting the credit they deserve, he commandeers Alcatraz prison with a crack unit of Mercs. The plan is to hold the government to ransom or he will unleash from the prison biological rockets to bring Armageddon down upon America. Enter chemical weapons expert Dr. Stanley Goodspeed (Cage), who is forced to team up with the only man ever to escape Alcatraz - the mysteriously incarcerated in secret John Patrick Mason (Connery) - to break into the Rock and thwart the plans of the Mercs. So Cage as a chemistry expert who possible holds the fate of the world in his shaky hands? Connery, aged 66, as a tough prison escapee sporting a "Grunge" haircut? And Ed Harris, surely a bastion of patriotic Americana, turning bad and wanting to unleash hell on the Stars & Stripes? To expect nothing else but a berserker Michael Bayhem picture based on these facts is surely folly. He certainly has a varied CV does Bay, as do the leading actors on show here, but when on form, with writers prepared to put blood into the characters, Bay can deliver high octane entertainment if coupled with a cast clearly in tune with the material. Such is the case here. It's no award winner, naturally, but it does have some political smarts within the script. And if you want explosions, shoot outs and quips aplenty? Then this really will serve you well for a couple of hours. 7.5/10

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A Review by Ruuz 6

Written by Ruuz on 2020-07-26

The two lead characters' impact on the events of the move are pretty negligible, everyone and everything in it is laughably stupid, and you ... read more

The two lead characters' impact on the events of the move are pretty negligible, everyone and everything in it is laughably stupid, and you can see here begin to blossom the stereotypes that Michael Bay would go on you ruin everything he ever touched with, but I still kind of like _The Rock_. Maybe it's just in comparison to all of Bay's other films, or maybe it's because it's the only one of his works I saw when I was still single-digit aged, but I do enjoy it. I'm not willing to defend it, just to re-watch it once a decade or so. _Final rating:★★★ - I liked it. Would personally recommend you give it a go. _

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A Review by Geronimo1967 6

Written by Geronimo1967 on 2023-08-27

Right, first things first - turn your brain down to simmer for a couple of hours before you watch this and just remember it is meant to be a... read more

Right, first things first - turn your brain down to simmer for a couple of hours before you watch this and just remember it is meant to be a far-fetched action film. Once in that gear, it's not actually that bad once it eventually gets going. Rogue general "Hummel" (Ed Harris) steals some highly potent chemical weapons, takes some hostages on Alcatraz and points his weapons at San Francisco. It falls to FBI biochemist "Goodspeed" (Nicolas Cage) and the even more rogue prisoner "Mason" (Sean Connery) to take some marines and thwart this lethal attack. None of the acting here is any good - they are all pretty shocking, but once everyone is entrenched on the island, there are plenty of pyrotechnics, the pace picks up and this becomes mildly entertaining for the last half hour. The dialogue is full of typical ye-ha nonsense, and that grates after a while, and there is precisely no jeopardy at any point. Whatever you do, don't have any epidermal exposure... or cerebral expectations.

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A Review by Bryan Nguyen

Alcatraz. Only one man has ever broken out. Now five million lives depend on two men breaking in. Michael Bay's best picture. The sophomore effort from director Michael Bay, this $75 million dollar action film was released nationwide ...

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A Review by BlackDiamondBass97

Written by BlackDiamondBass97 on 2018-01-13

Alcatraz. Only one man has ever broken out. Now five million lives depend on two men breaking in. Michael Bay's best picture. The sophomore effort from director Michael Bay, this $75 million dol...

read more
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A Review by John Chard 8

Written by John Chard on 2019-08-25

Welcome to The Rock. The Rock is directed by Michael Bay and written by David Weisberg, Douglas Cook & Mark Rosner. It stars Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage, Ed Harris, David Morse, William Forsythe & M...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by Ruuz 6

Written by Ruuz on 2020-07-26

The two lead characters' impact on the events of the move are pretty negligible, everyone and everything in it is laughably stupid, and you can see here begin to blossom the stereotypes that Michael B...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by Geronimo1967 6

Written by Geronimo1967 on 2023-08-27

Right, first things first - turn your brain down to simmer for a couple of hours before you watch this and just remember it is meant to be a far-fetched action film. Once in that gear, it's not actual...

read more