The Rock (film)

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The Rock is a 1996 action film that primarily takes place on Alcatraz Island, and in the San Francisco Bay area. It was directed by Michael Bay, director of Bad Boys, and stars Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage, and Ed Harris. It was produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, producers of Top Gun and Crimson Tide, and released through Disney's Hollywood Pictures. The film is dedicated to Simpson,[2] who died five months before its release. This was the first film on which Cage and Bruckheimer worked together.



A group of rogue Force Reconnaissance Marines led by disenchanted brigadier general Francis Hummel (Ed Harris) seize a stockpile of deadly VX gas-armed rockets from a heavily guarded military bunker, reluctantly leaving one of their men to die in the process. The next day, Hummel and his men seize control of Alcatraz Island during a guided tour and take 81 tourists hostage in the prison cells. Hummel then threatens the Pentagon with launching the stolen rockets against the population of San Francisco unless the government pays ransom and reparations to the families of Recon Marines who died on illegal, clandestine missions under his command and whose deaths were not honored. The Pentagon and FBI develop a plan to retake the island with a Navy SEAL Team, enlisting chemical weapons expert Stanley Goodspeed (Nicolas Cage), who initially thinks he's consulting the team, but soon learns he's being recruited.

Recognizing that any surface approach will be seen by Hummel's men, FBI Director Womack (John Spencer) is forced to turn to Federal prisoner John Mason (Sean Connery), a former MI6 agent and SAS Captain whom Womack has illegally detained for decades, and the only inmate of Alcatraz to ever successfully escape through Alcatraz' uncharted tunnels. Mason, while in custody, manages to escape to see his estranged daughter. Goodspeed arrives and feigns to Mason's daughter that he is aiding the FBI, convincing Mason to cooperate to develop a plan for infiltration. Womack soon recognizes that the team would only succeed with Mason on the mission as well.

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