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NOTE: This page is for the 1996 action movie. For the actor with the same stage name, see Dwayne Johnson.
The Rock is a 1996 action film directed by Michael Bay and starring Nicolas Cage as Stanley Goodspeed, an FBI chemical weapons specialist who is brought into a hostage situation involving a crew of former US Marines, led by a rogue US Marine general (Ed Harris), who have taken over the former prison on Alcatraz Island and are threatening the city of San Francisco with a launch of missiles filled with deadly VX poison gas. Goodspeed finds himself going along on the mission to retake the prison with a team of US Navy SEALS and John Mason (Sean Connery), a former SAS operative who has been imprisoned illegally for the past three decades, and the only man to have escaped the prison alive and could use his knowledge to infiltrate "The Rock".
The following weapons were used in the film The Rock:
WARNING! THIS PAGE CONTAINS SPOILERS!
The Marines following General Hummel all carry Beretta 92FS (military designation, M9) pistols as their sidearms. Berettas with early model Surefire 333R tactical flashlight are also the standard sidearm for all the Navy SEALs in the film. Stanley Goodspeed (Nicolas Cage) also uses a Beretta 92FS as his sidearm when infiltrating Alcatraz with Mason and the SEALs. Shortly after the ambush, Goodspeed points his at John Patrick Mason (Sean Connery), who swipes it out of his hand, but later gives it back to Goodspeed to defend himself with, and he uses it notably in the underground tunnels to kill one Marine with little hesitation, as Mason notes. Capt. Frye (Gregory Sporleder) later is seen firing a Beretta in a confrontation.
Beretta 92FS Inox
Major Baxter (David Morse) carries a Beretta 92FS Inox as his sidearm. He draws it on Hummel during the standoff with Capt. Darrow and the other Marines. The pistol also appears to be pulled by Sgt. Crisp (Bokeem Woodbine) during the initial takeover of "The Rock".
Beretta 92FS Centurion Inox
When FBI transport Mason to the hotel, Goodspeed is given a Beretta 92FS Centurion Inox by another FBI agent after he arrives in San Francisco and tells Womack (John Spencer) that he forgot his FBI-issue sidearm. Strangely, all of the other FBI agents in the movie also seem to be carrying 92 Centurions with Inox finishes, even though this pistol has never been issued to the FBI in real life (at the time the movie was made, the FBI would have been using SIG-Sauer and Smith & Wesson pistols).
Captain Darrow (Tony Todd) is seen using an older Beretta 92SB (which has a rounded trigger guard, rather than squared, like on the 92FS/M9) with wood grips during the scene in which Hummel and his men use a hostage to draw Goodspeed and Mason out of hiding.
Smith & Wesson 4506
While waiting for Hummel to fire one of his VX gas missiles, Sgt. Crisp (Bokeem Woodbine) is seen spinning a Smith & Wesson 4506 on a steel stool.
Colt Government Model MK IV Series 80 Stainless
The main villain of the film, General Frank Hummel (Ed Harris) carries a stainless Colt MK IV Series 80 stainless as his sidearm of choice throughout the film. It is seen being pulled out by Hummel, who then shoots Sergeant Crisp during the confrontation. On this occasion, you can see written on the right side "Colt Government Model". This particular and rare version of MK IV has advanced vertical grooves from the beginning of the slide.
Hummel can be seen holding a MAC-10 in a Vietnam service picture. This image is actually taken from one of Ed Harris' earlier film roles, the Charles Bronson vehicle Borderline.
Heckler & Koch MP5A3/A5
A Heckler & Koch MP5A3 with an SEF trigger group is held by SEAL Commander Anderson (Michael Biehn). A Heckler & Koch MP5A5 is also seen in the hands of one of the Navy SEALs.
(In an interesting note, the SEALs use Chalker Slings for their weapons, designed by Denny Chalker, plank-holder in SEAL Team SIX. Chalker also appears in the film as one of the SEALs (Boyer). Another of his teammates, Harry Humphries, is the Navy Admiral who asks to bring in the SEAL leader after the initial ransom call)
Heckler & Koch HK94 (converted to resemble the MP5)
What appear to be Heckler & Koch MP5's used by the SEALs in the film in reality are customized 16" barrel civilian semi-auto Heckler & Koch HK94s with the barrels chopped down and converted to full auto. These lack barrel lugs and paddle magazine releases, as well as no push pin lower receiver and a right handed only selector switch with the old 0-1-2 switch. John Patrick Mason (Sean Connery) uses the during a firefight he and Stanley Goodspeed (Nicolas Cage) have with one of the Marines in the morgue.
Heckler & Koch MP5K-PDW
A Heckler & Koch MP5K-PDW is used by at least one of the SEALs.
Heckler & Koch SP89
A Heckler & Koch SP89 by the SEAL Boyer during the failed attempt to save the hostages. It seems to be fitted with the folding stock of MP5K-PDW, and was evidently converted to full-auto.
LAR Grizzly Big-Boar
When Private McCoy's M60E3 is empty, he picks up a .50 BMG LAR Grizzly Big Boar bolt-action rifle to shoot Goodspeed. He is knocked off the roof by Mason before he can use it, though.
A Marine honor guard during the opening credits can be seen briefly holding the M14 rifle.
Marines at the funeral use real M16A2 rifles for the 3 volley salute.
M16A1 (w/ M16A2 handguards)
Many of the Marines under General Hummel's (Ed Harris) command are armed with M16A1 assault rifles fitted with M16A2 handguards. They are easily noticed as A1 models by the lack of a brass deflector and elevation-adjustable rear sight, older forward assists, and fully-automatic firing modes. Most of them have tactical flashlights installed on the barrels.
(Fake) Colt XM177
Colt XM177 Commando look-a-like rifles seen being used by many of the Marines. Mason and Goodspeed take two for themselves later in the film. The XM177s in the film all have 10" barrels and bulky older-style flash suppressors, but also have various receiver styles. Some have A1 receivers, others have A2 receivers, and others have the forward assist and brass deflector but not the A2-style rear sight. What this means is that none of them are factory XM177 variants. Like most of the "XM177s" seen in Hollywood, the upper receivers of the guns in this movie are most likely taken from civilian AR-15 carbine variants that have had their barrels chopped and fake XM177-style flash hiders welded on. The lower receivers (all of which seem to lack "fencing" of more modern M16 variants) may either be from genuine XM177s, or they may again be civilian AR15 Sporter-1 lowers converted to auto. Yet another example of movie "Franken-guns" built from the parts of many weapons.
A notable goof is that the receivers of the guns held by individual characters change throughout the film. For instance, the XM177 handed to Goodspeed by Mason clearly has an A2 receiver when he first gets it, but later, it has an A1 receiver. Captain Frye's (Gregory Sporleder's) XM177 also undergoes various receiver changes - in the shower room scene, it has an A2-style receiver, while in later scenes it has a forward assist and brass deflector but no A2-style rear sight, and still later it has just the forward assist (A1-style receiver).
Mossberg 590 Combat Shotgun
Hummel's men uses a Mossberg 590 to fire a zip line during the opening assault on the Marine base.
A SEAL can be seen using a shortened tactical Remington 870 shotgun.
Private McCoy (Steve Harris) can be seen firing an M60E3 machine gun at Goodspeed when he disables the last rocket. Mason picks it up and knocks the shooter off the roof with it.
Cobray CM203 37mm Flare Launcher
Many of the Marines have M16 variant rifles fitted Cobray CM203 37mm Flare Launchers underslung, standing in for M203 grenade launchers, which are considered destructive devices and are more expensive to buy.
M203 Grenade Launcher
While CM203 flare launchers dominate the film, Cpt. Darrow's rifle is fitted with a real M203 grenade launcher, likely because he is a main character. Throughout the film, the rifle this launcher is fitted to changes from a slab-side M16 (SP1), to an M16A1, and at one point, even a Colt CAR-15 Commando, although it is fitted with a CM203 launcher instead.
RM Equipment M203PI
During the opening assault on the Marine base, one of Hummel's men disables a Marine in the guard tower with a beanbag round fired from an early model standalone RM Equipment M203PI grenade launcher.
What appears to be a DefTech 37mm launcher is used by Private McCoy (Steve Harris) in the shower room, firing shotgun like rounds at the SEALs. They could also be Hornet's nest rounds, which is a grenade round with 8 .22 long rifle bullets inside.
M26 Hand Grenade
Cpt. Frye (Gregory Sporleder) can be seen with two M26 hand grenades which he throws at Mason (Sean Connery) in an attempt to kill him. Frye is seen flipping the spoons off the grenades and heard counting to three before tossing them (done to shorten the detonation time), yet it still takes an inordinate amount of time before the grenades explode. Mason jumps into a bathtub to avoid the blasts.
M18 Smoke Grenade
After collapsing with his feet riddled with bullets, Pvt. Gamble (Greg Collins) tries to pull the pin on an M18 Smoke Grenade to throw at Mason as a last ditch effort to kill him before Mason shoots out an air vent above him which crushes his head. In reality, a smoke grenade doesn't pose a threat for obvious reasons, though it could've brought unwanted attention.
General Dynamics M197 Vulcan
The three-barreled General Dynamics M197 Vulcan is seen chin-mounted on the AH-1 Cobras that escort the SEAL team to Alcatraz. This weapon is a mockup, as the Cobras used in the film were civilian-owned and likely the same choppers used in the films Courage Under Fire and The Siege.
The M61 Vulcan appears in the film as the secondary armament of the F/A-18 Hornets used for the bombing run on Alcatraz. This plane has the markings of the US Air Force, but in reality, Hornets are only in use in the US military by the Navy and Marine Corps.
Palmer Cap-Chur Short Range Projector
Hummel's Marines including Private Scarpetti (Jim Maniaci) use Palmer Cap-Chur Short Range Projector tranquilizer pistols when infiltrating the base containing the VX gas.
When Goodspeed is messing around in his office, he shoots a flip down target with a suction dart spring gun labeled "The Protector". It appears to be based off a Mossberg 500 "Cruiser" with barrel ribbing.