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Face/Off (1997)

In order to foil an extortion plot, an FBI agent undergoes a facial transplant surgery and assumes the identity and physical appearance of a terrorist, but the plan turns from bad to worse when the same terrorist impersonates the FBI agent.

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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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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:

$23,387,530 (USA) (27 June 1997)

Gross:

$112,225,777 (USA) (31 October 1997)
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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 »

Goofs

(at around 6 mins) Just after Castor Troy activates the bomb in the LA Covention Centre, he walks behind a choir girl, says something to her, then grabs her hair, in the first shot we see of them she has a bit of hair hanging down next to her ear, but in the next shot, Castor has all of her hair in his hand pulling it back from her face. See more »

Quotes

Sasha Hassler: What's the next move?
Sean Archer: This isn't your fight
Sasha Hassler: He killed my brother, I'm not going to let him kill you too
Sean Archer: No matter what happens I promise Sean Archer's off your back for good
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Featured in The Light and the Dark: The Making of 'Face/Off' (2007) 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 Boston Baroque Orchestra & Chorus
Conducted by Martin Pearlman (uncredited)
Courtesy of Telarc International Corporation
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Greatest action movie ever made, period.
23 March 2000 | by (Detroit, Michigan) – See all my reviews

This is simply the best action movie I have ever seen. Very few movies come close, but don't overtake, this masterpiece. John Woo has unleashed an action movie that all should see at least once. And all action fans should own. The action scenes are fast and furious, the script is great, and the story is pretty good, and John Travolta and Nicholas Cage give excellent performances. See this movie now if you haven't already, or if you just haven't seen it recently you will not be disappointed. This movie would get 10 out of 10 from me.


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