The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

Cage Match Round 1: The Rock

Round 1 of our Cage Match series – highlighting the movies of the one and only Nicolas Cage – kicks off with The Rock, an action-packed thriller from Michael Bay and Jerry Bruckheimer.

FBI chemical warfare expert Stanley Goodspeed (Cage) is sent on an urgent mission with a former British spy, John Patrick Mason (Sean Connery), to stop Gen. Francis X. Hummel (Ed Harris) from launching chemical weapons on Alcatraz Island into San Francisco. Gen. Hummel demands $100 million in war reparations to be paid to the families of slain servicemen who died on covert operations. After their SEAL team is wiped out, Stanley and John deal with the soldiers on their own.

Featuring memorable performances from Connery, Harris, and Cage, The Rock is gritty 90s action at its best.

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“The most enjoyable, and the most rewatchable, action blockbuster of the 1990s.” – Stephen Silver, Tilt Magazine

“The Rock’s secret sauce though, the thing that allows it to stand the test of time, is the casting.” – James Croot,

“For action-adventure fans, it just doesn’t get any better than The Rock.” – Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune