The Rock

Last Updated on: October 18th, 2023

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The Rock Description

The Rock (Hollywood Pictures Movie)

“The Rock” is an action thriller film released in 1996, directed by Michael Bay. The movie stars Sean Connery as John Patrick Mason, Nicolas Cage as Dr. Stanley Goodspeed, and Ed Harris as General Francis X. Hummel.

The story follows a group of rogue U.S. Marines, led by General Hummel, who take control of Alcatraz Island, a former federal prison, and threaten to launch deadly rockets filled with deadly VX nerve gas at San Francisco unless their demands are met.

To stop the impending disaster, the FBI enlists the help of chemical weapons specialist Dr. Stanley Goodspeed and former British intelligence operative John Patrick Mason, who is the only man to have ever escaped from Alcatraz.

Goodspeed and Mason are tasked with infiltrating the heavily fortified island, disarming the rockets, and stopping Hummel’s plan.

“The Rock” is known for its high-octane action sequences, explosive set pieces, and thrilling performances by Connery, Cage, and Harris. The film features intense shootouts, daring escapes, and heart-pounding suspense, typical of Michael Bay’s signature style.

The movie received positive reviews from critics and was a commercial success, becoming one of the highest-grossing films of 1996.

“The Rock” serves as a touchstone for viewers seeking an adrenaline-pumping and action-packed thriller that keeps audiences on the edge of their seats. It remains an iconic and beloved film in the action genre, with its dynamic performances, gripping plot, and spectacular action sequences.

The Rock Cast
  • Sean Connery: Captain John Patrick Mason
  • Nicolas Cage: FBI Special Agent Dr. Stanley Goodspeed
  • Ed Harris: Brigadier General Francis X. “Frank” Hummel
  • John Spencer: FBI Director James Womack
  • David Morse: Major Tom Baxter
  • William Forsythe: FBI Special Agent-in-Charge Ernest Paxton
  • Michael Biehn: Commander Charles Anderson
  • Vanessa Marcil: Carla Pestalozzi
  • John C. McGinley: Captain Hendrix
  • Gregory Sporleder: Captain Frye
  • Tony Todd: Captain Darrow
  • Bokeem Woodbine: Gunnery Sergeant Crisp
  • Greg Collins: Private Gamble
  • Brendan Kelly: Private Cox
  • Steve Harris: Private McCoy
  • Jim Maniaci: Private Scarpetti
  • Stuart Wilson: General Al Kramer
  • Danny Nucci: Lieutenant Shepard
  • Claire Forlani: Jade Angelou
  • Stanley Anderson: the President
  • Xander Berkeley: Lonner
  • Philip Baker Hall: Chief Justice
  • Anthony Clark: Paul
  • Sam Whipple: Larry Henderson

The Rock Crew
  • Director: Michael Bay
  • Producers: Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer
  • Story: David Weisberg, Douglas S. Cook and Mark Rosner
  • Music: Nick Glennie-Smith and Hans Zimmer

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