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Face/Off (1997)

 -  Action | Crime | Sci-Fi  -  27 June 1997 (USA)
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To foil an extortion plot, an FBI agent undergoes a face-transplant surgery and assumes the identity and physical appearance of a ruthless terrorist, but the plan backfires when the same criminal impersonates the cop with the same method.

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Sean Archer, a very tough, rugged FBI Agent. Who is still grieving for his dead son Michael. Archer believes that his son's killer is his sworn enemy, 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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face | terrorist | bomb | revenge | criminal | See more »

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In order to trap him, he must become him. [DVD] See more »


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

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Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£26,092 (UK) (2 January 1998)

Gross:

£6,163,073 (UK) (2 January 1998)
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In Greek mythology, Castor and Pollux (the two brightest stars in the constellation Gemini) were the twin sons of Zeus by Leda. The brothers fought together in the Trojan War (which, of course, was fought in *Troy*). This is not their only connection to Troy, their mother Leda was also the mother of Helen of Troy. Of the Castor and Pollux of mythology, Pollux was immortal and Castor mortal. They were allowed to spend alternating days together between the underworld and Olympus because Zeus took pity on the pair and "gave" Castor half of Pollux's immortality because they could not take the separation of death. See more »

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Nicolas Cage's character is using his left hand to make his cross in the church, during the funeral, but it should be the right one. See more »

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Castor Troy: [Both have each other at gun point] Wow. We have something in common. We both know our guns.
Sean Archer: What we don't have in common, is that I don't care if I live, and you do.
Castor Troy: Sean, that hurts. You're not having any fun, are you, Sean? Why don't you join us? Try Terrorism-for-hire, we can blow shit up, it's more FUN!
Sean Archer: Shut the fuck up!
Castor Troy: You watch your FUCKIN' MOUTH! I'm about to unleash the biblical plague "Hell-A" deserves. But I'll give this SHITHOLE a break if my brother and I walk.
Sean Archer: [...]
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Featured in The Nostalgia Critic: Face/Off (2014) See more »

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Over The Rainbow
By Harold Arlen & E.Y. Harburg
Performed by Olivia Newton-John
Courtesy of MCA Records
By Arrangement with Universal Music Special Markets
Courtesy of Olivia Newton-John
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One of the greatest action films ever made
29 July 2004 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

John Woo knows, if anybody, how to make good, stylish action. And that's exactly what this film is; good, cool, stylish action. The plot is great; fairly psychological and quite interesting. It has a fast(and remarkably even) pace, I don't think more than 30 minutes passes at any point in the movie without a giant action scene. All in all, I'd guess there are about four or five major shootouts, and two chase scenes which are each several minutes long(without getting repetitive, fortunately). The acting is excellent; every single major part is well-played. John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Joan Allen, Alessandro Nivola, Gina Gershon, Dominique Swain... all give great, entirely believable performances. The best are definitely Travolta and Cage, though; fantastic, truly stellar performances. The characters are all well-written and credible, right down to the most minor one. The action is cool and very stylish, in every single action-scene. The theme of the film is great; of course, the story is completely unlikely, with the face-switching and all, but once you get past that, once you suspend disbelief, you'll most likely enjoy the film thoroughly. The script is excellent, plenty of action, drama, and thriller parts. Also, you gotta love the sharp contrast 3/4's into the movie, with the kid listening to sugary pop-music, while people are shooting intensely at each other. Great film. I recommend it to any fan of John Woo, Nicholas Cage, John Travolta and action films. 8/10


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