|“||You alert the media, I launch the gas. You refuse payment, I launch the gas. You've got forty hours, until noon, day after tomorrow, to arrange transfer of the money. I am aware of your countermeasure. You know and I know it doesn't stand a chance. Hummel from Alcatraz, out.||„|
|~ General Hummel's instructions to the Pentagon before hung up and disconnecting.|
|“||This isn't about terrorism, it's about justice. It's about reminding you people of something you find politically convenient to forget.||„|
|~ General Hummel talking to General Al Kramer on the satellite phone|
|“||I'll come straight to the point. 83 Force Reconnaissance Marines have died under my various commands. 47 in Northern Laos and Southern China.||„|
|~ General Hummel talking to General Al Kramer from the Pentagon.|
Brigadier General Francis Xavier Hummel, also known as Gen. Hummel and "Frank", was the (former) main antagonist turned anti-hero of the 1996 movie The Rock.
Hummel is a USMC Force Recon officer and a rogue military commander who, disgusted with the U.S. military's lack of regard for America's fallen soldiers, seizes 15 V.X. poison gas rockets to hold the city of San Francisco hostage unless the payment he demands for the soldiers' families are given.
He was portrayed by Ed Harris who later played Mitch Wilkinson in National Treasure: Book of Secrets.
In the Movie
Military Career and Becoming Vicious
Before the movie began, he served multiple tours during his career in the Marine Corps, even in Vietnam, Panama, Grenada and Desert Storm. After gave some sympathetic words to his late wife, Hummel and his group of Force Recon Marines seized 15 V.X. rockets from the Naval Weapons Depot; he lost one of his own men in the process. On a tour of Alcatraz Island, Hummel captured 81 tourists and the tour guide, except the children whom he asked them to go home with their teacher. After that, he demanded that the money be transferred to the families of 83 Marines who lost their lives for his cause, including his men.
Mason and Goodspeed's Arrival and First Showdown
Upon hearing that a Navy SEAL team with an FBI chemical specialist Stanley Goodspeed and ex-SAS Captain John Patrick Mason involved, his men killed them all (except for the two protagonists) despite orders not to shoot. When things got out of control, he threatened that Stanley and Mason return the guidance chips or he would kill a hostage. The protagonists were both captured and placed in prison cells.
Frye's Betrayal and Death
When a V.X. rocket fired the next day, Hummel changed the coordinates and sent it to the sea instead as he had no intention to harm innocent civilians living in San Francisco. His men argued with him over what went wrong. Hummel ordered his men to evacuate with the remaining rockets in the helicopters and four hostages as well. With the bluff called, his men (other than Major Baxter who had been Hummel's bodyguard) betrayed him and wanted to proceed with the rocket launch.
Hummel and Baxter managed to shoot some of the betrayers before Hummel himself was shot while Baxter was killed. Goodspeed pulls him to safety while Mason providing cover fire and the dying general, with his last breath, told Goodspeed to go to the lower lighthouse for the last V.X. rocket.
His death would later be avenged when Goodspeed ends up killing all his traitorous soldiers.
- Hummel was the main antagonist for most of the movie, but was ultimately killed off to make way for the true main villain to take over. Due to his concern for the families of deceased soldiers, he was more of an anti-hero to begin with. This considers viewers to believe that Hummel was a tragic and sympathetic villain.