"Welcome to The Rock."

"Welcome to The Rock."

The Rock, a 1996 action movie directed by Michael Bay (who also directed Transformers) has now hit ESM stardom: it is on our “Classic Movies” list. 

Here’s how it got there:

I'll take "anal bum cover" for $1,000 Alex.

I'll take "anal bum cover" for $1,000 Alex.

Sean Connery is in the movie.
Sean Connery plays John Patrick Mason, former British SAS intelligence agent, who was locked up in Alcatraz and the only person known to have made it out of Alcatraz and survived.

They blow up a yellow Ferrari.
Yes, Michael Bay gets those kinds of budgets where he can blow up a car worth over $100,000.

Vanessa Marcil is the main character’s girlfriend.
For those that don’t remember, she wore a pretty steamy outfit while they were on a rooftop during one of the first scenes.

They had some of the greatest quotable lines.
John Mason: Are you sure you’re ready for this?
Stanley Goodspeed: I’ll do my best.
John Mason: Your “best”?!? Losers always whine about their best. Winners go home and fuck the prom queen.

One of the greatest standoff scenes is in this movie.
When the marines went in through the underground path and ended up in the bathroom – only to find out they were outflanked by General Hummel’s team.  “I WILL NOT STAND DOWN!!”

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