The Rock (film)

The Rock is a 1996 American action thriller film directed by Michael Bay, produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, and written by David Weisberg and Douglas S. Cook. The film stars Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage and Ed Harris, with William Forsythe and Michael Biehn co-starring. In the film, the Pentagon assigns a team comprising an FBI chemist and a former SAS captain with a team of SEALs to break into Alcatraz, where a rogue general and a rogue group of Marines have seized all the tourists on the island and have threatened to launch rockets filled with nerve gas upon San Francisco unless the U.S. government pays $100 million to the next-of-kin of 83 men who were killed on missions that the general led and that the Pentagon denied.

The Rock
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMichael Bay
Screenplay by
Story by
  • David Weisberg
  • Douglas Cook
Produced by
CinematographyJohn Schwartzman
Edited byRichard Francis-Bruce
Music by
Distributed byBuena Vista Pictures Distribution
Release date
  • June 7, 1996 (1996-06-07)
Running time
136 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Budget$75 million[2]
Box office$335.1 million[2]

The Rock was dedicated to the memory of co-producer Don Simpson,[3] who died five months before its release. The film received positive reviews from critics, and was nominated for Best Sound at the 69th Academy Awards. It was also a financial success, earning box-office receipts of over $335 million against a production budget of $75 million, and became the fourth highest-grossing film of 1996.

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