THE ROCK (1996)
The Rock (1996)
Alcatraz. Only one man has ever broken out. Now five million lives depend upon two men breaking in.
Dr Stanley Goodspeed
“Look, I’m a bio chemist. Most of the time I work in a little glass jar and lead a very uneventful life. I drive a volvo. A beige one. But what I’m dealing with here is of the deadliest substances earth has ever known. So what say you cut me some friggin slack?”
Douglas S. Cook
When Brigadier General Francis Hummel and his loyal crew of ex-Marines take Alcatraz Island hostage and threaten to fire deadly gas rockets on San Francisco, Special Agent Stanley Goodspeed ( Nicolas Cage ) is called in to consult as a chemical weapons expert. He soon finds himself fully involved in the most dangerous and heart-stopping adventure of his life. Hummel and his men want public recognition for their comrades who died in covert operations and for their families to be financially recompensed. The Government is determined to stop them at all costs, and send in a group of Navy Seals, Goodspeed, and John Mason, the only person to have ever escaped from Alcatraz. Mason can lead them through the maze of tunnels under Alcatraz and Goodspeed can disable the weapons. It soon comes down to only Goodspeed and Mason against the Marines and will take all of Stanley’s intelligence, guts and ability to think fast on his feet to get them to their goal and back home to the prom queen.
This movie is a mile-a-minute, anything goes, action packed, thrilling ride from start to finish. Full of great special effects and witty dialogue, it is also a compelling and character-driven story.
Cage rocks this film from start to finish; his mastery of the physical movement required and a fast paced, wisecracking script, and his interactions with co-star Sean Connery make for pure movie magic.
Nicolas Cage won the Blockbuster Entertainment Award for favourite actor in an action / adventure film for his performance and Sean Connery won favourite supporting actor.
The movie also won an ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards for Top Box Office Films and a BMI Film and Music Award.
Quentin Tarantino was an uncredited writing contributor on The Rock.
The two disc Collector’s Edition features an audio commentary from director Michael Bay, producer Jerry Bruckheimer, actors Nicolas Cage and Ed Harris, and technical advisor Harry Humphries.
Read our transcript here:
Nicolas Cage Audio Commentary Transcript
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