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The sophomore film from former music video and commercial director Michael Bay, this fast-paced action yarn featured rapid-fire editing, a cutting-edge rock soundtrack and liberal use of shots awash in a haze of burnished hues, all trademarks of producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer. Nicolas Cage stars as Stanley Goodspeed, an FBI chemical weapons expert handed a unique assignment. Francis X. Hummel (Ed Harris), an insane Marine Corps general, has taken 81 tourists hostage on the abandoned island prison of Alcatraz. He and his men are threatening to bomb San Francisco with deadly gas unless $100 million is paid in war reparations to the families of servicemen killed in covert operations. Goodspeed is teamed with former British spy John Patrick Mason (Sean Connery), the only man ever to escape "The Rock," as well as a Navy SEAL team. When their military escorts are ambushed, it's up to odd couple Goodspeed and Mason to break into Alcatraz and stop Hummel. The Rock was the last film produced by Simpson, who died of a drug overdose before the film's release. Solo, his partner Bruckheimer continued making the sort of glossy, frenetic films for which the duo was famed. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Keith A. Wester Best Sound 1996 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Kevin O'Connell Best Sound 1996 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Greg P. Russell Best Sound 1996 Nominee


Nicolas Cage
as Stanley Goodspeed
Sean Connery
as John Patrick Mason
Ed Harris
as Gen. Francis X. Hummel
Michael Biehn
as Commander Anderson
William Forsythe
as Eddie Paxton
David Morse
as Major Tom Baxter
Greg Collins
as Private Gamble
Buck Kartalian
as Reverend
Howard Platt
as Louis Lindstrom
Bokeem Woodbine
as Sgt. Crisp
Thomas J. Hageboeck
as F.B.I. Agent Cord
Anthony Clark
as Paul the Hotel Barber
James Caviezel
as Rear F-18 Pilot
Billy Devlin
as Navy Seal
Anthony Guidera
as Lead F-18 Pilot
Ronald Simmons
as Alcatraz Park Ranger
Tom Towles
as Alcatraz Park Ranger
Raquel Krelle
as Agent Margie Wood
Mike Mahrer
as Navy Seal
Ralph Peduto
as FBI Agent Hunt
John Nathan
as FBI Radar Technician
Sam Whipple
as Larry Henderson
Todd Louiso
as Marvin Isherwood
Willie Garson
as Francis Reynolds
David Bowe
as Dr. Ling
Leonard McMahan
as Cable Car Conductor
Marshall Teague
as Seal Reigert
Steve Harris
as Private McCoy
Danny Nucci
as Special Agent Shepard
John C. McGinley
as Marine Capt. Hendrix
Dwight Hicks
as F.B.I. Agent Star
Ingo Neuhaus
as Marine That Dies
Celeste Weaver
as Stacy Richards
Gregory Sporleder
as Capt. Frye
Brendan Kelly
as Cox
Tony Todd
as Capt. Darrow
Claire Forlani
as Jade Angelou
John Enos
as Sea Stallion Pilot
Jim Maniaci
as Private Scarpetti
Ken Kells
as Spotter
Raymond O'Connor
as Park Ranger Bob
Sean Skelton
as Kid on Motorcycle
John Spencer
as FBI Director Womack
Raymond Cruz
as (uncredited)
Vanessa Marcil
as Carla Pestalozzi
Joseph Hawes
as Navy Seal


Michael Bay
Jerry Bruckheimer
Don Simpson
Mark Rosner
Screen Story
Mark Rosner
Douglas S. Cook
Douglas S. Cook
Screen Story
David Weisberg
Screen Story
David Weisberg
John Schwartzman
Hans Zimmer
Composer (Music Score)
Harry Gregson-Williams
Composer (Music Score)
Nick Glennie-Smith
Composer (Music Score)
Nick Glennie-Smith
Richard Francis-Bruce
Mark Mansbridge
Supervising Art Director
Edward Mcavoy
Art Director
Ken Bates
Barry H. Waldman
Associate Producer
Sean Connery
Executive Producer
Louis A. Stroller
Executive Producer
William Stuart
Executive Producer
Cosmas Demetriou
Set Designer
Bobbie Read
Costume Designer
Keith A. Wester
Sound/Sound Designer
Jerry Grandey
First Assistant Director
Craig Pinckes
First Assistant Director
George Parra
First Assistant Director
Pete Antico
Billy Hopkins
Heidi Levitt
Pat Gerhardt