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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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F.B.I. Director Womack
Ernest Paxton
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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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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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There are several theories that Sean Connery's character is in fact an older version of his own James Bond character. See more »


(at around 53 mins) After Mason talks to Jade, Womack steps forward and starts to moan about damages to San Francisco, his jacket changes position over his injured shoulder. He lifts his arm in a motion to show how he's been injured and his jacket slides off his shoulder. When the camera cuts back to him his jacket is normal again. See more »


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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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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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