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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 | bomb | terrorist | revenge | coma | See more »

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In order to catch him, he must become him. 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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27 June 1997 (USA)  »

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Face Off  »

Box Office

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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Trivia

The scene of Adam listening to "Over the Rainbow" on his portable headphones was John Woo's idea and not part of the original script. PARAMOUNT Pictures refused to finance the extra scene and John Woo had to use his own money to make that happen. He was later paid back as the film turned out to be profitable. (A similar scene can be seen in Woo's Hard Boiled (1992)) See more »

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Near the beginning of the film, when Castor Troy turns round and sees his brother Pollox Troy being pinned down by cops, the camera zooms in on Pollox's face as he shouts "CAS!". However judging by the lip movement and expression of Pollox, it's obvious that the word was dubbed over the video. See more »

Quotes

[looking at Jamie in her underwear]
[to himself]
Castor Troy: The plot thickens.
Jamie Archer: [on the phone] Carl, I'll have to call you back.
[hangs up]
Jamie Archer: You're not respecting my boundaries.
Castor Troy: I'm coming in, Janie.
Jamie Archer: Janie?
Castor Troy: [seeing a pillow that says Jamie on it, he realizes his mistake] I don't think you heard me, JAMIE. You got something I crave.
[closes in on Jamie, reaches back and grabs her pack of cigarettes]
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Referenced in Hollywood and the Muslim World (2003) See more »

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The Hallelujah Chorus - Since By Man Came Death
From oratorio 'Messiah'
By George Frideric Handel (as Georg Friedrich Händel)
Performed by Baroque Orchestra & Chorus
Courtesy of Telarc International Corporation
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Corny. Crazy. Cool.
10 July 2003 | by (Shermer, Illinois) – See all my reviews

Face/Off is amazing because it mixes an outrageously cornball plot with some of the best acting in an action movie. How John Woo pulled it off is beyond me. His visual imagery is flamboyant and decorative, yet never fails to deliver the goods. There is always a flurry of images to grasp our attention. Granted, his typical trademarks are here, but never does the script suffer from the same problems as in his other works.

Nicolas Cage and John Travolta are phenomenal in their dual roles each. The rest of the cast isn't very deep and is more filler than anything else. The editing job feels underdone, particularly when the action sequences get to the "overcooked" staged. Still, how many speedboat chases or airplane crashes are you going to see in a slow-motion?

Overall, a summer action movie that delivers in acting, directing, and most other departments. 4 out of 5 stars.


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