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Face/Off (1997)

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In order to foil a terrorist plot, an FBI agent undergoes facial transplant surgery and assumes the identity of a criminal mastermind, who murdered his only son. The plan turns sour when the criminal wakes up prematurely and seeks revenge.

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John Woo
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 11 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Travolta ... Sean Archer
Nicolas Cage ... Castor Troy
Joan Allen ... Eve Archer
Alessandro Nivola ... Pollux Troy
Gina Gershon ... Sasha Hassler
Dominique Swain ... Jamie Archer
Nick Cassavetes ... Dietrich Hassler
Harve Presnell ... Victor Lazarro
Colm Feore ... Dr. Malcolm Walsh
John Carroll Lynch ... Prison Guard Walton
CCH Pounder ... Hollis Miller
Robert Wisdom ... Tito Biondi
Margaret Cho ... Wanda
James Denton ... Buzz (as Jamie Denton)
Matt Ross ... Loomis
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Storyline

Sean Archer, a very tough, rugged FBI Agent, is still grieving for his dead son Michael. Archer believes that his son's killer is his sworn enemy and a very powerful criminal, Castor Troy. One day, Archer has finally cornered Castor, however, their fight has knocked out Troy cold. As Archer finally breathes easy over the capture of his enemy, he finds out that Troy has planted a bomb that will destroy the entire city of Los Angeles and all of its inhabitants. Unfortunately the only other person who knows its location is Castor's brother Pollux, and he refuses to talk. The solution, a special operation doctor that can cut off people's faces, and can place a person's face onto another person. Archer undergoes one of those surgeries to talk to Pollux. However, Castor Troy somehow regains consciousness and now wants revenge on Archer for taking his face. Not only is Troy ruining Archer's mission, but his personal life as well. Archer must stop Troy again. This time, it's personal. Written by John Wiggins

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It's like looking in a mirror - only not See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for intense sequences of strong violence, and for strong language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Many of the oil rig shots were done on a backlot because of the danger of creating explosions on an oil rig. See more »

Goofs

(at around 2h 10 mins) When Archer and Castor are lying in the stretchers after Castor has been killed, there is a lot of blood on the collar of each of their shirts. in the next scene the blood pattern changes so there is almost no blood, but in the scene immediately after, the blood returns. This is evidence that the shirts were changed during the filming. See more »

Quotes

Sean Archer: I've got something... I have to ask both of you
[brings Adam in the house]
Sean Archer: this is Adam... and he needs a place to live
Jamie Archer: [to Adam] Hi, my name's Jamie
Adam Hassler: I'm Adam
Sean Archer: Why don't you show Adam his new room?
Jamie Archer: Come on
Dr. Eve Archer: OK
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Alternate Versions

The German Video-Trailer shows a scene not included in the released versions. It shows another FBI-Agent shot-gunned during the shoot-out in Dietrich's Loft. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Be Kind Rewind (2008) See more »

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Christiansands
Written by Tricky (as Adrian Thaws), Doug E. Fresh (as Douglas L. Davis) & Slick Rick (as Richard M. Walters)
Courtesy of Island Records Limited
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
Contains sample of "La Di Da Di"
Written by Doug E. Fresh (as Douglas L. Davis) & Slick Rick (as Richard M. Walters)
Performed by Doug E. Fresh & The Get Fresh Crew
Courtesy of Danya Records Ltd.
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Woo Never Saw An Explosion He Didn't Like
13 May 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Yes, make no mistake: this is a very entertaining, very stylish film, done by Hong Kong action guru John Wood and featuring two fine actors. However, its almost too much to watch in one viewing. It just wears you out! If this film was cut from 140 minutes to 120 it would have been much easier to watch.

Woo's action scenes includes tons of explosions and breaking glass. This director just can't get enough of those explosion scenes. Some of those segments are excellent but many of them go on too long, particularly at the end of the film where it went on what seemed like forever.

The best part of the film are the two lead actors and the interchangeable characters they play. John Travolta and Nicholas Cage are extremely entertaining in here. If they kept the story more about those guys and their switched identities and didn't have eight thousand explosions, this could have a super movie.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

27 June 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Face Off See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,387,530, 29 June 1997

Gross USA:

$112,276,146

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$245,676,146
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS (uncredited)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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