The Rock
Director:Michael Bay
Writer:David Weisberg, Douglas Cook
Producer:Kenny Bates, Jerry Bruckheimer, Sean Connery, Don Simpson
Studio:Hollywood Pictures
Genre:Action, Adventure, Thriller
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 Himmel 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 Mason, who has been in prison for the past 30 years without a trial because he was accused of stealing the private files of J. Edgar Hoover. In 1962, John became the only inmate ever to escape from Alcatraz, and he stayed out of Alcatraz long enough to father a daughter named Jade Angelou. Despite his extreme hatred of the FBI, John agrees to help Stanley. When John and Stanley are sent into Alcatraz with a Navy SEAL team, General Hummel's men kill the entire SEAL team, leaving Stanley and John to work on their own to rescue the hostages.
Sean Connery John Patrick Mason
Nicolas Cage Dr. Stanley Goodspeed
Ed Harris Brigadier General Francis X. Hummel, USMC
John Spencer FBI Director James Womack
David Morse Major Tom Baxter
William Forsythe Special Agent Ernest Paxton
Michael Biehn Commander Anderson
Vanessa Marcil Carla Pestalozzi
John C. McGinley Marine Captain Hendrix
Gregory Sporleder Captain Frye
Tony Todd Captain Darrow
Bokeem Woodbine Sergeant Crisp
Jim Maniaci Private Scarpetti
Greg Collins Private Gamble
Brendan Kelly Private Cox
Steve Harris Private McCoy
Danny Nucci Lieutenant Shephard
Claire Forlani Jade Angelou
Celeste Weaver Stacy Richards
Todd Louiso Marvin Isherwood
David Bowe Dr. Ling
Raquel Krelle Agent Margie Wood
Dennis Chalker Navy SEAL Boyer
Marshall R. Teague Navy SEAL Reigert (as Marshall Teague)
Duffy Gaver Navy SEAL Dando
Steve Decker Navy SEAL #1
Joseph Hawes Navy SEAL #2
Mike Mahrer Navy SEAL #3
Carlos Sandoval Navy SEAL #4
Rick Toms Navy SEAL #5
Billy Devlin Navy SEAL #6
Jack Yates Hummel Marine 'A'
Juan A. Riojas Hummel Marine 'B'
Joseph Patrick Kelly Hummel Marine 'C'
Ingo Neuhaus Marine Who Dies
John Laughlin General Peterson
Harry Humphries Navy Admiral
Howard Platt Louis Lindstrom
Willie Garson Francis Reynolds
John Nathan FBI Radar Technician #1
Robert M. Anselmo FBI Radar Technician #2
Jack Ford Military Official
Thomas J. Hageboeck FBI Agent Cord (as T. J. Hageboeck)
Dwight Hicks FBI Agent Star
Ralph Peduto FBI Agent Hunt
Anthony Clark Paul, Hotel Barber
Andy Ryan Lab Technician
Hans Georg Struhar Valet
Robert C. Besgrove FBI Agent
Sean Skelton Kid on Motorcycle
Raymond O'Connor Bob, Park Ranger
Luenell Female Tourist
John W. Love Jr. Male Tourist
Sam Whipple Larry Henderson
Tom Towles Alcatraz Park Ranger #1
Ronald Simmons Alcatraz Park Ranger #2
Robert Ben Rajab Alcatraz Park Ranger #3
Leonard McMahan Cable Car Conductor (as Leonard Mc Mahan)
Anthony Guidera Lead F-18 Pilot
James Caviezel Rear F-18 Pilot
John Enos III Sea Stallion Pilot
Ken Kells Spotter
Fred Salvallon Chef
Buck Kartalian Reverend
Stanley Anderson The President
Xander Berkeley Lonner (uncredited)
Richard Conti Detective (uncredited)
Raymond Cruz Sergeant Rojas (uncredited)
Ric Drasin Supporting (uncredited)
David Marshall Grant Chief of Staff Hayden Sinclair
Matthew James Gulbranson U.S. Marine (uncredited)
Philip Baker Hall Chief Justice (uncredited)
Jeronimo Spinx FBI Radar Technician #3 (uncredited)
Ezra Stanley Tourist (uncredited)
Kevin Weisman Tourist (uncredited)
Stuart Wilson General Al Kramer
Nick Glennie-Smith Composer
Hans Zimmer Composer
John Schwartzman Cinematographer
Richard Francis-Bruce Editor
David Amborn special effects
Hunter Anderson special effects
Rich E. Cordobes special effects set foreman
Jack Davis special effects
Ken Ebert special effects
Howard Frazier special effects
John E. Gray special effects: Dream Quest
Bruce D. Hayes special effects
Robert S. Henderson special effects foreman
Patrick Huggins special effects
Michael Meinardus special effects coordinator
Joe Pancake special effects
William A. Pancake Jr. special effects
Frances Pennington special effects
Steve Riley special effects
Mike Sasgen special effects assistant
Steve Fink special effects makeup (uncredited)
Mark Koivu special effects technician
Tad Krzanowski model effects: WKR Productions (uncredited)
Tim Walkey special effects foreman (uncredited)
DVD Details
Languages:English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Sound:Dolby Digital 5.1
Aspect Ratio:2.35:1
Picture Format:Widescreen
Release:Dec 1997