The Rock

The Rock

Michael Bay (1996)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Neither as cartoonish as Con Air, nor as sentimental as Armageddon, this most satisfying of blockbuster movies deserves further kudos for establishing Nicolas Cage as one of Hollywood's unlikeliest action heroes. The setting is Alcatraz, which has been taken over by disenchanted general Ed Harris and his crack team of marines, who are threatening to launch deadly poison-gas rockets to contaminate San Francisco. In desperation, the FBI pairs chemical warfare expert Cage with jailed former SAS man Sean Connery, who, as the only man to have escaped from the notorious island prison, is seen as their best option to break in. Director Michael Bay's boyish enthusiasm for outlandish stunts and carefree destruction is extremely contagious and even the most cynical viewers will find it difficult not to feel rushes of adrenaline during the numerous slick set pieces.


A renegade general and his crack team of mercenaries take over the abandoned fortress prison of Alcatraz and threaten San Francisco with toxic nerve-gas rockets to extort a massive ransom. To break their stranglehold on the city, the FBI sends in a chemical weapons expert and a jailed SAS veteran, chosen because he is the only man to have ever escaped from the infamous penitentiary. Action thriller, with Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage and Ed Harris.

Cast & Crew

John Patrick Mason Sean Connery
Stanley Goodspeed Nicolas Cage
General Francis X Hummel Ed Harris
FBI Director Womack John Spencer
Major Tom Baxter David Morse
Ernest Paxton William Forsythe
Commander Anderson Michael Biehn
Carla Pestalozzi Vanessa Marcil
Marine Captain Hendrix John C McGinley
Captain Darrow Tony Todd
Captain Frye Greg Sporleder
Private McCoy Steve Harris
Lieutenant Shepherd Danny Nucci
Jade Angelou Claire Forlani
General Al Kramer Stuart Wilson (1)
Chief Justice Philip Baker Hall
Rear F-18 pilot Jim Caviezel
Lonner Xander Berkeley
Sergeant Rojas Raymond Cruz
Sergeant Crisp Bokeem Woodbine
Director Michael Bay
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Violence, sex scene. Edited for language.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray