R | | Action, Adventure, Thriller
A mild-mannered chemist and an ex-con must lead the counterstrike when a rogue group of military men, led by a renegade general, threaten a nerve gas attack from Alcatraz against San Francisco.
Nicolas Cage and Michael Bay differed as to the reasoning behind the early scene of Goodspeed naked with the guitar. Bay says it's because he knew Cage wanted to show off his body, so they decided just to get it out of the way up front, but Cage says he simply wanted to establish that the character was at home.
Congressman Weaver and esteemed members of the Special Armed Services Committee, I come before you to protest a grave injustice... It has to stop.
(at around 48 mins) When the Ferrari finally is destroyed, it appears that it is simply a shell sitting over a chassis. The shell seems to almost jump off the chassis upon impact, indicating that it wasn't bolted in as it should be.
The Australian theatrical and video releases were edited to obtain a more commercial MA rating. The original DVD release, whilst rated R, was not the uncut version, but was taken from a UK master and thus contained the BBFC-censored UK version. Some scenes previously cut were restored, but other scenes found in the cut MA version were not in the cut R version. The film was finally released uncut on the 2001 Special Edition DVD with an R rating. The film also aired uncut on cable, with a lower MA15+ rating. in 2007, the OFLC passed an uncut blu-ray with an MA15+ rating.
$25,069,525 9 June 1996