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The Rock (1996)

R  |   |  Action, Adventure, Thriller  |  7 June 1996 (USA)
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A mild-mannered chemist and an ex-con must lead the counterstrike when a rogue group of military men, led by a renegade general, threaten a nerve gas attack from Alcatraz against San Francisco.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
F.B.I. Director Womack
Ernest Paxton
Marine Captain Hendrix (as John C. Mc Ginley)
Jim Maniaci ...


Stanley Goodspeed, who lives in Washington D.C., is a biochemist who works for the FBI. Soon after his fiancée Carla Pestalozzi announces that she is pregnant, Stanley gets a call from FBI director James Womack. Womack tells Stanley that San Francisco's Alcatraz Island has been taken hostage, along with 81 tourists, by marine General Francis Xavier Hummel who, for years, has been protesting the government's refusal to pay benefits to families of war veterans who died during covert military operations. The death of his wife Barbara Hummel on March 9, 1995 drove General Hummel over the edge, and now he's holding hostages in order to get his point across. Stanley is needed because General Hummel has stolen some VX gas warheads and has announced that he will launch them onto San Francisco unless his demands are met. Stanley knows how to disarm the bombs, but Stanley needs someone who knows Alcatraz well enough to get him inside. That man is former British intelligence agent John Patrick ... Written by Todd Baldridge

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, language and a sex scene | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 June 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La Roca  »

Box Office


$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£5,604,935 (UK) (19 July 1996)


$134,006,721 (USA) (8 November 1996)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


While the film was shooting, Alcatraz the island was still open to the public, and many visitors watched the movie being shot. However, on December 15, 1995, the federal government, which owns Alcatraz Island, partially shut it down due to stalled budget talks, and filming continued with no visitors present. See more »


(at around 38 mins) Goodspeed lives in Washington D.C., but when he calls Carla, you can clearly see out of the apartment window that it is the skyline of downtown Los Angeles. See more »


[first lines]
General Hummel: Congressman Weaver and esteemed members of the Special Armed Services Committee, I come before you to protest a grave injustice... It has to stop.
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Referenced in This Filthy World (2006) See more »


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User Reviews

Slick and powerful.
11 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

This is a brilliantly original movie that sees a USMC General out to get justice for the betrayal of fellow soldiers during various conflicts. Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage and Ed Harris are all on top-form in their roles as an SAS former convict (Connery), an easy-going government chemical weapons expert (Cage) and a disgruntled war hero (Harris). The bulk of the movie takes place on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco, where Ed Harris' character has stolen poison gas rockets and is holding the city to ransom. Michael Bay delivers brilliant action sequences with massive enthusiasm, resulting in high-octane scenes. The movie also bosts a powerful and emotional score right from the opening credits. The movie never gets boring or confusing and is dazzling all the way to the final, explosive climax. This is a movie best suited to die hard action fans due to it's loud, over-the-top style. Michael Bay proves to be one of the best action film directors with this movie which is one of the best of 1996.

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