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The Rock (movie)
- This article is about the 1996 movie. For other meanings, see The Rock (disambiguation).
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), a chemical weapons specialist 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
- John Patrick Mason - Sean Connery
- Dr. Stanley Goodspeed - Nicolas Cage
- Brig. Gen. Francis X. Hummel - Ed Harris
- FBI Director James Womack - John Spencer
- Maj. Tom Baxter - David Morse
- Special Agent Ernest Paxton - William Forsythe
- Cmdr. Anderson - Michael Biehn
- Carla Pestalozzi - Vanessa Marcil
- Capt. Hendrix - John C. McGinley
- Capt. Frye - Gregory Sporleder
- Capt. Darrow - Tony Todd
- Directed by: Michael Bay
- Produced by: David Weisberg , Douglas Cook
- Written by: David Weisberg, Douglas Cook, Mark Rosner
- Screenplay by: Jerry Bruckheimer, Don Simpson
- 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 .
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