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

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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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