6.8/10
783
17 user 9 critic

Reach the Rock (1998)

Trailer
1:38 | Trailer
Two school kids, who are best friends, are drinking on the side of a river. One friend bets the other that he can't swim across the river and "Reach The Rock". The friend takes the bet and ... See full summary »

Director:

Bill Ryan (as William Ryan)

Writer:

John Hughes
Reviews

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Just Visiting (2001)
Comedy | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A French count is in England to marry the princess. She's killed. A wizard helps him to time travel back before the murder - except they end up in Chicago, April 2000. A descendant helps him. He looks for the wizard to return to the 1100s.

Director: Jean-Marie Poiré
Stars: Jean Reno, Christina Applegate, Christian Clavier
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A swashbuckling adventure which takes place in the mid-1800's on the South Pacific islands where bloody raids and battles were once the rule of the day.

Director: Ferdinand Fairfax
Stars: Tommy Lee Jones, Michael O'Keefe, Max Phipps
Class Reunion (1982)
Comedy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

It's been 10 years since Lizzie Borden High School's class of '72 graduated, and the preppies, the hippies and the in-crowd has returned to reminisce over good times past. But classmate Walter Baylor has returned too with a vengeance.

Director: Michael Miller
Stars: Gerrit Graham, Michael Lerner, Fred McCarren
Davis Is Dead (1998)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A young man sets out on a cross country trip to confront his abusive father who left his destitute family years earlier. Along the way, he encounters a notorious killer who instills him with a new outlook on life.

Director: Ryan Oxford
Stars: Bojesse Christopher, John Diehl, Norman Reedus
Dutch (1991)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

To get to know his girlfriend's son, a working-class good guy volunteers to pick him up from a prep school, only to learn that her son isn't the nicest kid.

Director: Peter Faiman
Stars: Ed O'Neill, Ethan Embry, JoBeth Williams
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Young newlyweds find out just how unprepared they are for their future together.

Director: John Hughes
Stars: Kevin Bacon, Elizabeth McGovern, Alec Baldwin
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Life and times of Nikola Tesla, famous scientist whose inventions were stolen, but whose greatest contribution to mankind remain a mystery to this day.

Director: Krsto Papic
Stars: Petar Bozovic, Orson Welles, Oja Kodar
The Beatnicks (2001)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

The Beat Nicks are musician Nick Nero and poet Nick Beat, a pair of self-styled truth-seekers who'd better find a gig or they'll be out on the street. Their luck begins to change when they ... See full summary »

Director: Nicholson Williams
Stars: Norman Reedus, Mark Boone Junior, Élodie Bouchez
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A group of teenagers wish to rebel against the administrators and teachers (the system) in their suburban Chicago high school called New Port South.

Director: Kyle Cooper
Stars: Kevin Christy, Blake Shields, Will Estes
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Nearing his 60th birthday, a movie producer discovers that he may have less than a year to live as a result of inoperable cancer. The effects of his disease take the toll on him and his ... See full summary »

Director: Bruce Wagner
Stars: Frank Langella, Daniel von Bargen, Rosanna Arquette
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Three kids hire a low-budget bodyguard to protect them from the playground bully.

Director: Steven Brill
Stars: Owen Wilson, Josh Peck, Alex Frost
Drama

A series of bad investments forces a rich dysfunctional Midwest family to move to the sticks, seek out new friends and learn how to rely on each other.

Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Sadler ... Quinn
Alessandro Nivola ... Robin
Bruce Norris Bruce Norris ... Ernie
Karen Sillas ... Donna
Brooke Langton ... Lise
Richard Hamilton ... Ed
Norman Reedus ... Danny
Edit

Storyline

Two school kids, who are best friends, are drinking on the side of a river. One friend bets the other that he can't swim across the river and "Reach The Rock". The friend takes the bet and drowns halfway towards the rock. The entire town blames the the kid for his friends death, he runs away, never to be seen again. He eventually comes back to his home town of Shermerville and goes crazy, and starts to trash the town (for example, breaking store-front windows, stealing a police car). He also meets up with his old high school girlfriend. The majority of the movie takes place in one night. Written by Darryl Wisner

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Reach the Rock See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,317, 18 October 1998

Gross USA:

$4,960

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,960
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Gramercy Pictures (I) See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This is the last film solely written by John Hughes. See more »

Soundtracks

Window Lights
Written and Performed by The Sea and Cake
Recorded by John McEntire
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Down with the (professional) critics!
20 March 2004 | by pnay75-1See all my reviews

While 2/3 of the IMDb reviewers cast a very satisfactory and satisfied vote between 7 and 10, most professional critics unmercifully panned the movie… you cannot help wondering if we saw the same film… Unfortunately, the film had already several disadvantages: a somewhat cryptic title which failed to attract attention, no stars, no backing from the distributor; so, if you look at the gross turnover in movie-halls, the result is a sheer catastrophe…. It is a pity, as the film is highly enjoyable - though unusual in many respects: it combines extremely funny scenes with very serious ones; there are practically two settings only: the street at night and the jail; and the cast is limited to seven players: two cameos (wizened Richard Hamilton, and intriguing Norman Reedus as the drowned man), two supporting ones (lovely Karen Sillas and seldom-seen Bruce Norris as the pair looking unsuccessfully for privacy); and three main roles : reliable William Sadler, excellent as the police sergeant; bland-faced promising Alessandro Nivola as the hero, and strikingly beautiful (and good actress) Brooke Langton, climaxing the film. Like many others, I came across the film on TV by chance, – but probably in a shortened version: I witnessed Nivola setting up an intricate booby-trap with a paint-tin and the town-clock… but nothing came out of it. Missed a good laugh, for sure….


8 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 17 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed