The Rock (movie)

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This article is about the 1996 movie. For other meanings, see The Rock (disambiguation).

Template:Infobox Movie The Rock is an action movie released on Friday, June 7, 1996 that takes place on Alcatraz Island. The movie stars Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage, and Ed Harris.


Plot summary

In the film, John Patrick Mason (Connery) is a British spy imprisoned for stealing microfilm that contained U.S. government secrets, such as the identity of John F. Kennedy's assassin. He also was the only person to ever escape from Alcatraz, but was later recaptured. Afterwards he was locked in another maximum security prison, and any evidence of his existence was erased.

Years later, disgruntled Marine Brigadier General Francis X. Hummel (Ed Harris) assembles a team of elite U.S. Marines in an attempt to occupy Alcatraz Island, taking a group of tourists hostage in the process. Hummel threatens to kill all of San Francisco's population with VX gas missiles unless the government agrees to pay money to the families of American commandos lost in classified operations throughout the world, and also to him and his men.

Mason, as the only man ever to escape from Alcatraz, is the only one who can guide Dr. Stanley Goodspeed (Cage), an FBI chemical weapons specialist from Johns Hopkins University with limited field experience, and a team of U.S. Navy SEALs through the catacombs underneath the island to neutralize the threat.

Cast and crew

Directed by: Michael Bay
Produced by: Jerry Bruckheimer, Don Simpson
Written by: David Weisberg, Douglas Cook, Mark Rosner
Screenplay by: David Weisberg, Douglas Cook
Original music by: Nick Glennie-Smith, Hans Zimmer


  • The line "I'll take pleasure in guttin' you, boy" is a reference to the 1979 Clint Eastwood film Escape from Alcatraz.
  • In the hotel suite, the song "Leaving on a jet plane" can be heard in the background while Mason gets a haircut. This is the same song that the astronauts in Armageddon (also a Bay/Bruckheimer movie) sing before getting in the shuttles
  • Sean Connery's reply when Goodspeed introduces himself is, "But of course you are." This is the reply Connery as James Bond gives to Plenty O'Toole when she introduces herself in Diamonds Are Forever (1971). It's also the reply Connery gives in Rising Sun (1993) when a threatening bodyguard tells him he's a black-belt. This line is also used by Clancy Brown as The Kurgan, in the movie Highlander (1986) which also featured Sean Connery.

External link

fr:Rock (film) ja:ザ・ロック (映画)


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