General Information

Glossary: T
Released Year: 1996
Runtime: 136 minutes
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Directors: Michael Bay
Writers: David Weisberg, Douglas Cook
Casts: Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage, Ed Harris, John Spencer, David Morse, William Forsythe, Michael Biehn, Vanessa Marcil, John C. McGinley, Gregory Sporleder, Tony Todd, Bokeem Woodbine, Jim Maniaci, Greg Collins, Brendan Kelly
IMDB: The Rock (1996) - IMDB

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Ratings


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IMDB Rating: 7.4
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: N/A

Reviews

88
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
A first-rate, slam-bang action thriller with a lot of style and no little humor.
88
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers
It's a popcorn-movie deluxe.
78
Austin Chronicle - Marc Savlov
The Guy Movie to end all Guy Movies, a ridiculously overblown summer testosterone blowout right down to the Wagnerian strains of the soundtrack and its stunningly high body count. It's also a hell of a lot of fun.
75
San Francisco Chronicle - Peter Stack
A raucous, in-your-face, commando-style action thriller that makes provocative use of Alcatraz as a lunatic's lair and San Francisco as a sitting duck.

The Rock (1996)


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 ...