The Rock

Hollywood Pictures Released 1996



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Michael Bay

A group of renegade marine commandos seizes a stockpile of chemical weapons and takes over Alcatraz, with 81 tourists as hostages. Their leader, a former highly-decorated U.S. general, demands $100 million to be paid in ransom, as restitution to families of Marines who died in covert operations and were thereby denied compensation. Otherwise, he is threatening to launch 15 rockets carrying deadly VX nerve gas into the San Francisco Bay area. An elite SEAL team, with support from an FBI chemical warfare expert, Stanley Goodspeed and a former Alcatraz escapee, John Patrick Mason, is assembled to penetrate the terrorists' defenses on Alcatraz and neutralize the rocket threat before time runs out.

Metacritic Score

  • 70

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    Seldom is it clearer that a film is nothing more than high-gloss jokey escapism, or that when visual cliches are this relentless they become weirdly fascinating in their own right.

  • 70

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    This is a pure popcorn picture that benefits heavily from its trio of highly skilled, charismatic leading thesps, an unusual setting that provides plenty of visual stimulation, and...

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Slick and forceful, largely unconcerned with character, eager for any opportunity to pump up the volume both literally and metaphorically, The Rock is the kind of efficient enterta...

    Sean Connery

    Sean Connery

    John Patrick Mason

    Nicolas Cage

    Nicolas Cage

    Dr. Stanley Goodspeed

    Ed Harris

    Ed Harris

    Brigadier General Francis X. Hummel

    David Morse

    David Morse

    Major Tom Baxter

    Michael Biehn

    Michael Biehn

    Commander Charles Anderson

    John C. McGinley

    John C. McGinley

    Marine Captain Hendrix


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      • Production Budget - $75,000,000
        Domestic Gross - $134,069,511 (7th)
        Worldwide Gross - $335,062,621 (4th)

        Domestic Adjusted fro 2012 - $247,512,943
        Worldwide Adjusted fro 2012 - $618,577,146

      • Other Production Companies:
        Don Simpson / Jerry Bruckheimer Films
        Buena Vista (Distributor)

      • Filming locations include:
        Alcatraz Island
        , San Francisco Bay, California
        Downtown, Los Angeles, California
        Nob Hill, San Francisco, California
        San Bruno, California
        Los Angeles, California,
        San Francisco, California
        San Pedro, Los Angeles, California
        Ventura, California

      • Taglines:
        1. Alcatraz. Only one man has ever broken out. Now five million lives depend on two men breaking in.
        2. America is Rocking!
        3. Cocked, locked, and Ready to Rock!
        4. Get ready to rock!

      • Music:
        San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair)
        Written by John Phillips
        Performed by Scott McKenzie
        Rocket Man
        Written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin
        Performed by Elton John
        Leaving On A Jet Plane
        Written by John Denver
        Performed by Frank Sinatra
        World Without Love
        Written by John Lennon, Paul McCartney
        Performed by Peter & Gordon

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