The Rock

Hollywood Pictures Released 1996



User Score: 38

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Movie Summary

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...

  • The Ultimate Movie Review! -- @tss5078

    Yes, there was a time when Michael Bay made movies that actually had a plot to go with the explosions, and some, like The Rock, were terrific. I had never seen The Rock from beginning to end, having just caught glimpses of it on TV, but watching it in it's entirety proved what I'd long suspected, it was a great film. A Marine General, upset that his lost soldiers never received the compensation they deserved for their secret missions, takes control of Alcatraz island, and aims chemical weapons at San Francisco. The FBI is at a lost as to what to do and decide to go with an unconventional idea to try and stop the general. A team of Navy seals prepare to take the island back, lead by the only man to ever escape from Alcatraz, now in his sixties, and a chemical weapons specialist who has never been in combat. Sean Connery stars and even though he was nearing the end of his illustrious career, he gives a truly great performance, that reminds us of just how great his movies were. Connery was the premiere action star, in a time before special effects had been computerized. He really gives an old school attitude and feeling to the film, which helps The Rock stand out from it's competition. Connery is paired with Nicholas Cage who is always terrific, especially when he's playing some type of law enforcer. Cage adds humor, unintentionally, with his inexperience, and winds up doing some pretty amazing things. While I don't like to mention specific scenes in a film, I'd be remiss not to mention the incredible chase scene Cage has through the streets of San Francisco, in the beginning of the film. It was reminiscent of the great car chases of the Lethal Weapon series, and really stood out to me. The Rock is a terrific story, featuring a cast in which old school and the younger generation collide, and to top it all off, it has that Michael Bay spin and over reliance on special effects. It's a terrific action film which sadly is rarely seen anymore in the world of computer generated effects and muscle headed action stars.moreless
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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