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The Rock
- Sean Connery

Overview - In Michael Bay's THE ROCK, gung-ho general Francis Hummel (Ed Harris), armed with deadly chemical rockets and aided by violent cohorts, takes over the island of Alcatraz, holding 81 tourists hostage. Hummel promises to deploy the missiles over San Francisco if Washington doesn't make amends to ignored combat victims to the tune of $100 million.  Read more...

 
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Overview

In Michael Bay's THE ROCK, gung-ho general Francis Hummel (Ed Harris), armed with deadly chemical rockets and aided by violent cohorts, takes over the island of Alcatraz, holding 81 tourists hostage. Hummel promises to deploy the missiles over San Francisco if Washington doesn't make amends to ignored combat victims to the tune of $100 million. A cadre of Navy SEALs are dispatched to quell the situation, assisted by the mysterious, macho John Mason (Sean Connery), the only man to ever escape from Alcatraz, who must now help the SEALs break back in. Joining them is mild-mannered chemical weapons expert Stanley Goodspeed (Nicolas Cage), who is unaccustomed to such things as guns and military maneuvers. Their high-octane mission is filled with surprises, particularly after Hummel and company quickly annihilate the SEALs--leaving Mason and Goodspeed to save the day all by themselves.

Cast List

Ed Harris - American Actor/Director
John C. McGinley - American actor, SCRUBS
Michael Biehn - American Actor
Nicolas Cage - American Actor
Nicholas Coppola - American Actor
Nicolas Coppola - American Actor
David Weisberg - SCREENWRITER
Bokeem Woodbine - Actor/"Jason's Lyric"
David Bowe - Star, Film and TV appearances, began in mid '80s, THE ROCK
Claire Forlani - Actress
William Forsythe - American Actor, RAISING ARIZONA, DICK TRACY, BLUE STREAK
Bill Forsythe - American Actor, RAISING ARIZONA, DICK TRACY, BLUE STREAK
Sean Connery - Oscar winning Scottish actor,
Thomas Sean Connery - Oscar winning Scottish actor,
Mark Rosner - SCREENWRITER
Nick Glennie-Smith
Jerry Bruckheimer - Producer
Harry Gregson-Williams - Composer, SPY GAME (2001)
Don Simpson - American Film Producer/Jerry Bruckheimer Partner
Donald C. Simpson - American Film Producer/Jerry Bruckheimer Partner
Richard Francis-Bruce - Editor, THE PERFECT STORM (2000)
Richard Francis Bruce - Editor, THE PERFECT STORM (2000)
Richard Francis Bruce - Editor, THE PERFECT STORM (2000)
Aaron Sorkin - Screenwriter, A FEW GOOD MEN
John Schwartzman - Director of Photography, PEARL HARBOR (2001)
Brendan Kelly - Star, early '70s-late '90s, CON AIR
Douglas S. Cook - SCREENWRITER/PRODUCER
Vanessa Marcil - Actress, LAS VEGAS
David Morse - American TV/Film Actor
Michael Bay - Director/"Bad Boys"

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 136
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 717951000040
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Rating: R (MPAA) (Rated R for strong violence, language and a sex scene)
  • Release Date: June 2015

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Synopsis:
A mild-mannered FBI chemical weapons expert and an aging prisoner who's the only man ever to have escaped from Alcatraz team up to rescue a group of tourists being held hostage on the Rock. The last film produced by the legendary Simpson-Bruckheimer team, this nonstop action-thriller packs an unrelenting pyrotechnic wallop.

Notes:
Theatrical release: June 7, 1996. Coproduced by Don Simpson-Jerry Bruckheimer Films. Harry Humphries was the technical adviser on the film. This was the last film of high-living producer Don Simpson, who died on January 19, 1996, at the age of 52. Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, his longtime producing partner, were known for their hugely successful, fast-paced, high-testosterone movies, including TOP GUN, the first two BEVERLY HILLS COP films, DAYS OF THUNDER, CRISOM TIDE and BAD BOYS. Known in Hollywood for his self-indulgent, wild (and self-destructive) lifestyle, Simpson died of an apparent drug overdose. The film is dedicated to him. Although he was one of the film's writers, Jonathan Hensleigh's name is not listed in the credits because of a decision by the Writers Guild of America. That decision made the film's director, Michael Bay, so angry that he wrote an open letter to the guild, labeling its arbitration process "a sham" and "a travesty."

Reviews:
"...High-octane action and rowdy fun....Dazzling teamwork from Cage and Connery..." - 06/27/1996 Rolling Stone, p.61-2


"...[The] blistering pace boasts an A-list acting trio in roles precisely tailored to their personas..." - 06/07/1996 USA Today, p.1D


"...The movie slams forward in a jackhammer frenzy. The camera never stops moving..." - 06/14/1996 Entertainment Weekly, pp.41-2


"...Entertaining, a high-octane, kick-butt actioner....Connery trades winningly on his sophisticated, elegant sense of cool..." - 06/03/1996 Variety


"...THE ROCK is a first-rate, slam-bang action thriller with a lot of style....Each element has been lovingly polished to a gloss. And there are three skillful performances..." - 06/07/1996 Chicago Sun-Times, p.29


4 stars out of 5 -- "The pictures are sumptuous, with the San Francisco skyline offering an eye-pleasing backdrop..." - 05/01/2008 Ultimate DVD, p.74

 
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