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- Rated: R
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 2 hours, 16 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: December 2, 1997
- Originally Released: 1996
- Label: Walt Disney Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 2.35
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Dolby Surround - French
- Additional Release Material:
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
- Interactive Features:
- Scene Access
- Interactive Menus
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Nicolas Cage & Sean Connery|
|Performer:||Ed Harris, Michael Biehn, William Forsythe, David Morse, John C. McGinley, Bokeem Woodbine, Vanessa Marcil, Claire Forlani, Brendan Kelly & David Bowe|
|Directed by||Michael Bay|
|Edited by||Richard Francis-Bruce|
|Screenwriting by||David Weisberg, Douglas S. Cook & Mark Rosner|
|Composition by||Nick Glennie-Smith & Harry Gregson-Williams|
|Produced by||Jerry Bruckheimer & Don Simpson|
|Director of Photography:||John Schwartzman|
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"Well, yeah, OK, that's just about the most awful thing I've ever seen."
- Stanley Goodspeed (Nicolas Cage), after seeing a villain crushed to death
"This isn't about terrorism, this is about justice."
- Gen. Francis X. Hummel (Ed Harris), about his reason for taking hostages at Alcatraz
"I'm too old for this."
- John Patrick Mason (Sean Connery)
As relentlessly dumb and implausible as the Die Hard movies but even more entertaining, this loud and violent action film profits greatly from the galvanizing presence of Connery. Full Review
...[The] blistering pace boasts an A-list acting trio in roles precisely tailored to their personas...
Rating: 2.5/4 -- There isn't a shot, scene or sequence in The Rock that doesn't move furiously, typically with colored lights flashing into our faces or onto those of the actors. Full Review
Rating: 2.5/4 -- Since the plot is ridiculous, The Rock works best when it's most light-hearted. Full Review
...The movie slams forward in a jackhammer frenzy. The camera never stops moving...
Rating: 2/4 -- The Rock is far from the worst movie that Bay's made, but given its roster of impressive performers and promising opening hour, it might just the ADD-afflicted filmmaker's most disappointing. Full Review
Reel Film Reviews
Rating: 2/5 -- If it's not the most awful thing I've ever seen, it's close enough to make me wince. Full Review
In Michael Bay's THE ROCK, gung-ho general Francis Hummel (Ed Harris), armed with deadly chemical rockets and aided by violent cohorts, takes over the island of Alcatraz, holding 81 tourists hostage. Hummel promises to deploy the missiles over San Francisco if Washington doesn't make amends to ignored combat victims to the tune of $100 million. A cadre of Navy SEALs are dispatched to quell the situation, assisted by the mysterious, macho John Mason (Sean Connery), the only man to ever escape from Alcatraz, who must now help the SEALs break back in. Joining them is mild-mannered chemical weapons expert Stanley Goodspeed (Nicolas Cage), who is unaccustomed to such things as guns and military maneuvers. Their high-octane mission is filled with surprises, particularly after Hummel and company quickly annihilate the SEALs--leaving Mason and Goodspeed to save the day all by themselves.
A mild-mannered FBI chemical weapons expert and an aging prisoner who's the only man ever to have escaped from Alcatraz team up to rescue a group of tourists being held hostage on the Rock. The last film produced by the legendary Simpson-Bruckheimer team, this nonstop action-thriller packs an unrelenting pyrotechnic wallop.
Action | Adventure | Kidnapping And Missing Persons | Prison / Prisoners | Suspense | Thriller | Rescue | Recommended | Blockbuster | Theatrical Release
- Theatrical release: June 7, 1996.
- Coproduced by Don Simpson-Jerry Bruckheimer Films.
- Harry Humphries was the technical adviser on the film.
- This was the last film of high-living producer Don Simpson, who died on January 19, 1996, at the age of 52. Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, his longtime producing partner, were known for their hugely successful, fast-paced, high-testosterone movies, including TOP GUN, the first two BEVERLY HILLS COP films, DAYS OF THUNDER, CRISOM TIDE and BAD BOYS. Known in Hollywood for his self-indulgent, wild (and self-destructive) lifestyle, Simpson died of an apparent drug overdose. The film is dedicated to him.
- Although he was one of the film's writers, Jonathan Hensleigh's name is not listed in the credits because of a decision by the Writers Guild of America. That decision made the film's director, Michael Bay, so angry that he wrote an open letter to the guild, labeling its arbitration process "a sham" and "a travesty."
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