The Rock

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Director: Michael Bay, Nicolas Cage, Sean Connery, Ed Harris

Cast: Michael Bay, Nicolas Cage, Sean Connery, Ed Harris


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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


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.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Top-drawer actors, super-slick production values, and dynamic action sequences dress up this wildly implausible but breathlessly paced thriller. When renegade Marine general Ed Harris seizes control of the old prison on Alcatraz Island and threatens the San Francisco Bay Area with virus-carrying missiles, FBI biochemical expert Nicolas Cage is dispatched with a team of Navy SEALs to thwart the operation. His guide: rogue British agent Sean Connery, the only man ever to escape from Alcatraz. In his second collaboration with popcorn-movie producer Jerry Bruckheimer, former music-video director Michael Bay (Armageddon) employs kinetic visuals to divert audience attention from script improbabilities, and his viscerally exciting action set pieces are bolstered by fine performances from Cage, Connery, and especially Harris, who brings real depth to his villainous character. Criterion's double-disc DVD Special Edition illuminates every aspect of The Rock's production, incorporating commentaries by Bay, Bruckheimer, Cage, and Harris into a comprehensive package that also offers featurettes on the film's stunt work and special effects. Additional supplements include storyboards, production-design sketches, on-set stills, outtakes, trailers, TV spots, excerpts from a documentary on "The Rock" and its prison, and even footage taken at the film's world premiere on Alcatraz. Add to that Criterion's newly remastered digital transfer, and you've got one of the best looking DVDs released to date.
All Movie Guide
Frenetically edited and paced like a bulldozer descending a mountain, The Rock felt like an upping of the ante for Hollywood action films the summer of its release, and time has only confirmed that notion. While its ability to induce headaches is just one of the film's flaws, it also points to what sets The Rock and successive Jerry Bruckheimer action films apart: it may not have substance, but it does have a philosophy. Dispensing with the standard setup/payoff formula of action filmmaking, Bruckheimer's stable of video-trained directors make every shot look like a payoff, as if they're all taken from the climax of the film. Of course, this also means that after a while -- for all but the most attention span-deprived viewers -- no shot works as a payoff. The film is thrilling for the few minutes it takes to become numbing. Of course, the general vapidity of Bruckheimer's films doesn't help and, in this, The Rock proves no exception. Sean Connery seems bored in most scenes, while Nicolas Cage's familiar histrionics do little to ground the already out-of-control proceedings. Only Ed Harris, as a reluctant villain, lends any gravity. Historically significant without being all that interesting in itself, The Rock's financial success insured that its dubious influence would be felt for years to come.

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nicolas Cage Stanley Goodspeed
Sean Connery John Patrick Mason
Ed Harris Gen. Francis X. Hummel
Michael Biehn Commander Anderson
William Forsythe Eddie Paxton
David Morse Major Tom Baxter
Bokeem Woodbine Sgt. Crisp
John Spencer FBI Director Womack
John C. McGinley Marine Capt. Hendrix
Anthony Clark Paul the Hotel Barber
Brendan Kelly Cox
Danny Nucci Special Agent Shepard
Tony Todd Capt. Darrow
Todd Louiso Marvin Isherwood
Sam Whipple Larry Henderson
Jim Maniaci Private Scarpetti
Greg Collins Private Gamble
Steve Harris Private McCoy
David Bowe Dr. Ling
Howard Platt Louis Lindstrom
Willie Garson Francis Reynolds
John Nathan FBI Radar Technician
Jack Ford Military Official
Ralph Peduto FBI Agent Hunt
Andy Ryan Lab Technician
Raymond O'Connor Park Ranger Bob
Tom Towles Alcatraz Park Ranger
Anthony Guidera Lead F-18 Pilot
James Caviezel Rear F-18 Pilot
John Enos Sea Stallion Pilot
Ken Kells Spotter
Buck Kartalian Reverend
Marshall Teague Seal Reigert
Jack Yates Hummel Marine "A"
Juan A. Riojas Hummel Marine "B"
Gregory Sporleder Capt. Frye
Vanessa Marcil Carla Pestalozzi
Claire Forlani Jade Angelou
Ray Cruz (Uncredited)
Robert M. Anselmo F.B.I. Radar Technician
Robert Ben Rajab Alcatraz Park Ranger
Robert C. Besgrove F.B.I. Agent
Dennis Chalker Seal Boyer
Steve Decker Navy Seal
Billy Devlin Navy Seal
Dando Gaver Seal Dando
Thomas J. Hageboeck F.B.I. Agent Cord
Joseph Hawes Navy Seal
Dwight Hicks F.B.I. Agent Star
Harry Humphries Navy Admiral
Joseph Patrick Kelly Hummel Marine
Raquel Krelle Agent Margie Wood
John W. Love Tourist
Jane Sanguinetti Luenell Tourist
Mike Mahrer Navy Seal
Leonard McMahan Cable Car Conductor
Ingo Neuhaus Marine That Dies
Carlos Sandoval Navy Seal
Fred Savallon Chef
Ronald Simmons Alcatraz Park Ranger
Sean Skelton Kid on Motorcycle
Hans George Struhar Valet
Ricky Toms Navy Seal
Celeste Weaver Stacy Richards

Technical Credits
Michael Bay Director
Pete Antico Stunts
Ken Bates Co-producer
John Berger Set Decoration/Design
Rosemary Brandenberg Set Decoration/Design
Jerry Bruckheimer Producer
Sean Connery Executive Producer
Douglas S. Cook Original Story,Screenwriter
Cosmas Demetriou Set Decoration/Design
Richard Francis-Bruce Editor
Pat Gerhardt Makeup
Nick Glennie-Smith Score Composer,Songwriter
Jerry Grandey Asst. Director
Harry Gregson-Williams Score Composer
James M. Halty Stunts
Billy Hopkins Casting
Dream Quest Images Special Effects
Heidi Levitt Casting
Edward Mcavoy Art Director
Michael White Production Designer
George Parra Asst. Director
Craig Pinckes Asst. Director
Bobbie Read Costumes/Costume Designer
Lauren Rodriguez Special Effects
Mark Rosner Original Story,Screenwriter
John Schwartzman Cinematographer
Don Simpson Producer
Louis A. Stroller Executive Producer
William Stuart Executive Producer
Barry H. Waldman Associate Producer
David Weisberg Original Story,Screenwriter
Keith A. Wester Sound/Sound Designer
Hans Zimmer Score Composer

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The Rock 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
SleepDreamWrite 3 days ago
Over the top action, cliche moments and that camera work, makes this while over the top, a fun action movie.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie rocks. This is on my top five best action moives ever it has been on my list for 5 years. This film has great acting by Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage, Ed Harris. The action is extraordinary. The car chase scene was my faveriot. Michael Bay did a great job directing this. It has a great plot you will never get bored at all. It has gread shooting scenes and some blood. By the end of the film you just cant help but to smile. If you havent seen this dont rent it BUY IT NOW
Guest More than 1 year ago
top quality film as you say there is everything a good film needs except....nudity apart from that though its brilliant
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best movies that ever came out. My friend told me this wasnt a very good movie but i watched it and loved it. If you love action and adventure you will love this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I remember that this movie came out in theaters while I was in high school around the same time as Independence Day. I saw the Rock first and liked it better. I know¿ many people would find that unpatriotic, but this movie has a good plot, good action, and just keeps you on the edge of you seat. This girl thinks that the Rock,!
shuandrew More than 1 year ago
The patriotism presents courage, although sometimes provokes controversy but the pure purpose will tested through the time. It's inspiring.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Rock is the ultimate guy movie. It's the guy movie to end all guy movies. The movie has humor, drama, good acting, and some serious action. I'm talking bombs, automatic weapons, nuclear warheads, and more. Sean Connery kicks butt, Nicolas Cage is funny,and Ed Harris is perfect as Colonel Hummel. It's a wild ride.
Guest More than 1 year ago
not only guys liked this movie! i absolutly loved this movie and so did my mom. it was the most awesome, even with all the blood and gutts
Cindy-in-Ohio More than 1 year ago
I love this movie. It is so action packed and entertaining ! There is really more that 2 Hunks in the movie because you also have Ed Harris besides Sean Connery and Nicholas Cage, plus even more actors you'll recognize. It's a great Guy Movie because of the action and a great Gal Movie because of the hot actors. I recommend the movie highly.
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