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Story

Between his high-octane debut, Bad Boys, and 1998's wannabe blockbuster Armageddon, hotshot director Michael Bay forged his dubious reputation with this crowd-pleasing action extravaganza. In it a psychotically disgruntled war hero (Ed Harris) seizes the island prison of Alcatraz and threatens to wage chemical warfare against nearby San Francisco unless the government publicly recognizes the men who were killed under Harris's top-secret command. Nicolas Cage plays the biochemist who teams up with the only man ever to have escaped from Alcatraz (Sean Connery) in an attempt to foil Harris's terrorist scheme. As one might expect, what follows is an action-packed barrage of bullets, bodies, and climactic confrontations, replete with enough plot contrivances to give even the most jaded action fan cause for alarm. It's a load of hooey, but the cast is obviously having a grand old time, and there's enough wit to make the recycled action sequences tolerable. If you're ordering this movie on DVD, be careful with the volume knobs on your home-theater sound systems, because The Rock could cause partial hearing loss and structural damage to your home. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Dolby
  • Widescreen

Cast

Sean ConneryJohn Patrick Mason
Nicolas CageStanley Goodspeed
Ed HarrisGeneral Francis X. Hummel
John SpencerF.B.I. Director Womack
David MorseMajor Tom Baxter
William ForsytheErnest Paxton
Michael BiehnCommander Anderson
Vanessa MarcilCarla Pestalozzi
John C. McGinleyMarine Captain Hendrix
Gregory SporlederCaptain Frye
Tony ToddCaptain Darrow
Bokeem WoodbineSergeant Crisp
Jim ManiaciPrivate Scarpetti
Greg CollinsPrivate Gamble
Brendan KellyPrivate Cox
Steve HarrisPrivate McCoy
Danny NucciLieutenant Shepard
Claire ForlaniJade Angelou
Celeste WeaverStacy Richards
Todd LouisoMarvin Isherwood
Marshall R. TeagueSeal Reigert
Willie GarsonFrancis Reynolds
Dwight HicksF.B.I. Agent Star
LuenellFemale Tourist
Jim CaviezelRear F-18 Pilot
Xander BerkeleyLonner
Raymond CruzSergeant Rojas
Philip Baker HallChief Justice
Stuart WilsonGeneral Al Kramer

Chad
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  • Genre: Adventure Movies
  • Director: Michael Bay
  • Producer: Buena Vista
  • Length: 136 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJun 7, 1996
    EuropeJun 21, 1996
    JapanSep 14, 1996
    AustraliaJul 25, 1996
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
    AustraliaR
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaJan 8, 2008
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaAug 13, 2002
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