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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


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 (as John C. Mc Ginley)
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
David BoweDr. Ling
Raquel KrelleAgent Margie Wood
Dennis ChalkerSeal Boyer
Marshall R. TeagueSeal Reigert (as Marshall Teague)
Duffy GaverSeal Dando
Steve DeckerNavy Seals
Joseph HawesNavy Seals
Mike MahrerNavy Seals
Carlos SandovalNavy Seals
Rick TomsNavy Seals
Billy DevlinNavy Seals
Jack YatesHummel Marine 'A'
Juan A. RiojasHummel Marine 'B'
Joseph Patrick KellyHummel Marine 'C'
Ingo NeuhausMarine That Dies
John LaughlinGeneral Peterson
Harry HumphriesNavy Admiral
Howard PlattLouis Lindstrom
Willie GarsonFrancis Reynolds
John NathanF.B.I. Radar Technicians
Robert M. AnselmoF.B.I. Radar Technicians
Jack FordMilitary Official
Thomas J. HageboeckF.B.I. Agent Cord (as T. J. Hageboeck)
Dwight HicksF.B.I. Agent Star
Ralph PedutoF.B.I. Agent Hunt
Anthony ClarkPaul the Hotel Barber
Andy RyanLab Technician
Hans Georg StruharValet
Robert C. BesgroveF.B.I. Agent
Sean SkeltonKid on Motorcycle
Raymond O'ConnorPark Ranger Bob

  • 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
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaJan 8, 2008
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaAug 13, 2002
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