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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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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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From Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer the producers of "Top Gun" and "Crimson Tide", and from Michael Bay, the director of "Bad Boys." See more »


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

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7 June 1996 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£5,604,935 (UK) (19 July 1996)

Gross:

$134,006,721 (USA) (8 November 1996)
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Arnold Schwarzenegger was offered the Mason role, but at the time the script was only 80 pages "with a lot of handwriting and scribbles and it didn't seem fully baked". In a Reddit AMA, he stated he regrets not taking the role. Years later, however, he still got to play a part as a convict with a mysterious past in Escape Plan (2013). See more »

Goofs

Towards the end of the film the configuration of the Colt Commando CAR-15 rifles change. For instance, when Mason gives Goodspeed the CAR-15 from the guard he killed, it has an A2 upper receiver (shell deflector, A2 windage sight knob) and an SP1 lower receiver (no fencing around the magazine release). Later when watching the rocket launch, Goodspeed's CAR-5 switches to an all around A1-style gun with no shell deflector and older style sights. The lower receiver also has magazine fencing at this point. The same also happens with the other Marines' guns. See more »

Quotes

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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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Soundtracks

San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair)
Written by John Phillips
Performed by Scott McKenzie
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Definitely underrated!
21 March 2001 | by (Poughkeepsie, NY) – See all my reviews

"The Rock" combined action, adventure, comedy, romance, special effects and a great plot into one of the biggest worldwide blockbuster action films in decades. Add to the mix, Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage, Ed Harris and a great supporting cast including John Spencer, William Forsythe and David Morse, and "The Rock" is one of the best ways to spend two hours. This film also devotes a great deal of time and effort to character development, something that most action movies neglect. This film is definitely underrated and is worth more praise than it has received.


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