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The Rock (1996)



Critic Consensus: For visceral thrills, it can't be beat. Just don't expect The Rock to engage your brain.

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The sophomore film from former music video and commercial director Michael Bay, this fast-paced action yarn featured rapid-fire editing, a cutting-edge rock soundtrack and liberal use of shots awash in a haze of burnished hues, all trademarks of producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer. Nicolas Cage stars as Stanley Goodspeed, an FBI chemical weapons expert handed a unique assignment. Francis X. Hummel (Ed Harris), an insane Marine Corps general, has taken 81 tourists hostage on the abandoned island prison of Alcatraz. He and his men are threatening to bomb San Francisco with deadly gas unless $100 million is paid in war reparations to the families of servicemen killed in covert operations. Goodspeed is teamed with former British spy John Patrick Mason (Sean Connery), the only man ever to escape "The Rock," as well as a Navy SEAL team. When their military escorts are ambushed, it's up to odd couple Goodspeed and Mason to break into Alcatraz and stop Hummel. The Rock was the last film produced by Simpson, who died of a drug overdose before the film's release. Solo, his partner Bruckheimer continued making the sort of glossy, frenetic films for which the duo was famed. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

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Sean Connery
as John Patrick Mason
Nicolas Cage
as Stanley Goodspeed
Ed Harris
as Gen. Francis X. Hummel
Michael Biehn
as Charles Anderson
William Forsythe
as Eddie Paxton
David Morse
as Major Tom Baxter
John Spencer
as FBI Director Womack
John C. McGinley
as Marine Capt. Hendrix
Tony Todd
as Capt. Darrow
Bokeem Woodbine
as Sgt. Crisp
Danny Nucci
as Agent Shepard
Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo
as Carla Pestalozzi
Jim Maniaci
as Private Scarpetti
Greg Collins
as Private Gamble
Steve Harris
as Private McCoy
Claire Forlani
as Jade Angelou
Celeste Weaver
as Stacy Richards
Todd Louiso
as Marvin Isherwood
David Bowe
as Dr. Ling
Raquel Krelle
as Agent Margie Wood
Dennis Chalker
as Seal Boyer
Marshall R. Teague
as Seal Reigert
Duffy Gaver
as Seal Dando
Steve Decker
as Navy Seal
Joseph Hawes
as Navy Seal
Carlos Sandoval
as Navy Seal
Mike Mahrer
as Navy Seal
Rick Toms
as Navy Seal
Billy Devlin
as Navy Seal
Jack Yates
as Hummel Marine `A'
Juan A. Riojas
as Hummel Marine `B'
Joseph Patrick Kelly
as Hummel Marine `C'
Ingo Neuhaus
as Marine That Dies
Harry Humphries
as Navy Admiral
Howard Platt
as Louis Lindstrom
Willie Garson
as Francis Reynolds
John Nathan Turner
as FBI Radar Technician
Robert M. Anselmo
as FBI Radar Technician
Jack Ford
as Military Official
T.J. Hageboeck
as FBI Agent Cord
Dwight Hicks
as FBI Agent Star
Ralph Peduto
as FBI Agent Hunt
Anthony Clark
as Paul the Hotel Bartender
Andy Ryan
as Lab Technician
Sean Skelton
as Kid on Motorcycle
Raymond O'Connor
as Park Ranger Bob
as Female Tourist
John W. Love Jr.
as Male Tourist
Sam Whipple
as Larry Henderson
Tom Towles
as Alcatraz Park Ranger
Robert Ben Rajab
as Alcatraz Park Ranger
Ronald Simmons
as Alcatraz Park Ranger
Leonard McMahan
as Cable Car Conductor
Anthony Guidera
as Lead F-18 Pilot
Jim Caviezel
as Rear F-18 Pilot
John Enos III
as Sea Stallion Pilot
Ken Kells
as Spotter
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Critic Reviews for The Rock

All Critics (69) | Top Critics (24)

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.

May 27, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

You might need to take Dramamine before entering a Michael Bay movie. The one-time music-video director has an annoying habit of finding the tightest shots, editing the heck out of them and scoring the works to loud music.

May 27, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

For action-adventure fans, it just doesn't get any better than The Rock.

May 27, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Since the plot is ridiculous, The Rock works best when it's most light-hearted.

May 27, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4

If it's not the most awful thing I've ever seen, it's close enough to make me wince.

May 27, 2014 | Rating: 2/5

The borrowings from other movies, going all the way back to the car chase in 1968's Bullitt, are heavy. But Bay has three leads to lend weight and dimension to characters who are hardly original and flatly written.

May 27, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Rock

A thrilling and explosive film led by a trio of fantastic actors (especially Cage) and surprisingly well directed for a Michael Bay movie, and it also impresses with the way that the smart script introduces many narrative elements which turn out to play an important role later on.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

The pace is too fast to stop and think about the ridiculousness of this film and this summer blockbuster extraordinaire pulls you in.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

Michael Bay's second feature film and his best. The film demonstrates everything that was exhilarating about 90's action flicks. The film is full of exciting gun fights, a great car chase in the middle of San Francisco, and explosions. When Michael Bay blows things up, he blows them up good. Despite the film's overall silly premise, the actors make it believable. The three main leads give fantastic performances. Nicolas Cage is funny, and Ed Harris gives a surprising amount of depth to his character. The guy that steals the show however, is Sean Connery. Every line that comes out of his mouth, is priceless. Michael Bay sets out to make fun popcorn flicks and in this instance, he succeeds with flying colors.

Christopher Heim
Christopher Heim

Super Reviewer

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