For 29 years Alcatraz Island, also known as "The Rock," was one of the most intimidating prisons in the U.S. A 22-acre island a mile and a half from San Francisco, it housed some of the most notorious criminals -- from Al Capone to George "Machine Gun" Kelly -- and was inescapable.

Because of this notoriety, Alcatraz has not only been one of the most popular sites to visit while in San Francisco -- it became a historic landmark in 1986 -- but has also attracted Hollywood studios for decades. However, no film has so creatively included this landmark in its story as Michael Bay did in his1996 blockbuster 'The Rock.'
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