Rock & A Hard PlaceRock & A Hard Place

Inspired by Dwayne Johnson’s own experiences with the law as a youth, Rock and a Hard Place captures the lives of incarcerated young people who are granted a second chance: the opportunity to trade an extensive prison sentence for a fresh start by completing the famed Miami-Dade County Corrections & Rehabilitation Boot Camp Program. This one-of-a-kind program reports a recidivism rate close to 9%, while the national rate of prison recidivism is approximately 70%. The harrowing film chronicles a harsh, uncompromising six-month program in which drill sergeants push inmates to their limit, encouraging them to learn from their past mistakes and become constructive members of society who are substantially less likely to return to prison.

A passion project for Johnson, he appears in the film himself, visiting the facility where the boot camp is conducted to speak with a new group of young offenders, and observes their shocking introduction into the camp. Addressing the young men, Johnson explains why he wants the world to see the program and emphasizes why he believes this may be their last chance.

Rock and a Hard Place, directed and co-produced by Oscar-nominated filmmakers Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill. It also marks the second collaboration between HBO and Seven Bucks Productions, following the hit series Ballers. The film is one of many projects produced jointly by Seven Bucks (TNT’s Wake Up Call), and 44 Blue Productions (MSNBC’s Lockup, Animal Planet’s Pit Bulls & Parolees). Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia are executive producers for Seven Bucks Productions; Rasha Drachkovitch is executive producer for 44 Blue Productions. For HBO: Jacqueline Glover is supervising producer and Sheila Nevins is executive producer.


Co-founded by Dwayne Johnson and producing partner Dany Garcia, Seven Bucks Productions is a multi-platform production company pioneering original content for television, film, emerging technologies and digital networks. Crossing all entertainment verticals, Seven Bucks Productions creates innovative content rooted in authenticity, strong storytelling and passion.

Seven Bucks Productions has an ever-expanding slate, including tent-pole movies such as Paramount’s Baywatch, New Line Cinema’s Central Intelligence and Shazam, Universal’s The Janson Directive and Dreamworks’ Alpha Squad Seven. The company also produces original television programming, including TNT’s The Hero and Wake Up Call, HBO’s Ballers and Spike TV’s Rock the Troops (2016).


44 Blue Productions is an award-winning producer of non-fiction, reality, lifestyle and action-adventure programming, whose series have aired on more than a dozen domestic television networks and in more than 120 countries worldwide. Founded by Rasha and Stephanie Noonan Drachkovitch, 44 Blue’s impressive slate of groundbreaking series includes A&E’s Emmy-nominated Wahlburgers, as well as A&E’s Donnie Loves Jenny and Nightwatch; MSNBC’S critically acclaimed Lockup and its spinoff series Lockup: Raw, Lockup: World Tour and Life After Lockup; Animal Planet’s Pit Bulls & Parolees; Centric’s According to Alex; Style’s Emmy-nominated Split Ends; Spike’s Deadliest Warrior; and OWN’s Gracie Award-winning Married to the Army: Alaska. 44 Blue’s current slate includes projects with high-profile talent, including: Mark Wahlberg, Donnie Wahlberg, Dick Wolf, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Jennifer Garner, Whoopi Goldberg and others. 44 Blue is represented by the William Morris Endeavor Agency.