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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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To destroy your enemy, you must find him, face him, and then... 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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$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$112,225,777 (USA) (31 October 1997)
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According to producer Barrie M. Osborne, most of the challenging action scenes, including the fight on the deck of the boat and the airplane going down the runway, were originally planned as green screen shots. But they filmed them practically to support the "realism of story". See more »

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(at around 37 mins) After the face surgery, Archer (as Troy) says his voice still sounds the same. Dr. Walsh tells Archer that he's implanted a micro-chip on his larynx, so he'll have to be careful because pressure, a sharp blow, even a violent sneeze would dislodge it. If this was the case, the micro-chip would have easily been dislodged in first prison brawl between Dubov and him (at around 42 mins). See more »

Quotes

Castor Troy: [Jamie shot Archer in the shoulder, now Troy has the gun on her] Clod! No daughter of mine would shoot so wide.
[to Archer]
Castor Troy: DAD! *Put* the gun down! Put it down. Dad, put it down.
[to Jamie]
Castor Troy: Now we're going to find out what's in Papa's bag, Peaches!
[licks Jamie's face]
Castor Troy: Say good-bye to Papa.
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Connections

References Trancers (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Lose Your Head
By Andrew Farriss & Michael Hutchence
Performed by INXS
Courtesy of Mercury Records Limited
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
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Woo's US breakthrough: A triumph!
26 January 2000 | by See all my reviews

FACE/OFF

Aspect ratio: 2.39:1 (Panavision)

Sound formats: Dolby Digital / DTS

This magnificent thriller represents director John Woo's triumphant return to the kind of hyperkinetic, emotionally charged film-making which made him such a hot property in the first place. Following the artistic bankruptcy of his first two Hollywood projects, this one is a marriage of high-octane movie-making and mind-twisting narrative complexities. It's also one of the few American action movies which manages to strike a balance between crowd-pleasing set-pieces and domestic interludes, and renders them equally important. John Travolta and Nicolas Cage are perfectly matched as hero/villain (and vice versa!), whilst heavyweight theatre actress Joan Allen provides the narrative with much of its dramatic backbone in the role of Travolta's wife (the scene in which she is first confronted with her husband in Cage's body is almost identical to a similar scene in Terence Fisher's FRANKENSTEIN MUST BE DESTROYED [1969]).

Technically, the film is a blast, and Woo stages the action highlights with a visual grace and dexterity that is often breathtaking to behold. The climactic speedboat battle is probably the finest set-piece of Woo's career to date, and the script is overflowing with visual and thematic ironies that underscore the action highlights. In fact, the production has arguably more dramatic resonance than any other Hollywood blockbuster of the 1990s, but the dictates of American commercialism mean that Woo is only able to skate over the emotional surface of his characters and their moral dilemmas. The two main protagonists are much too cold and heartless to fully engage the audience's sympathies, and there's nothing here that matches the scorching human drama of, say, BULLET IN THE HEAD (1990). But for all that, FACE/OFF dares to go deeper than your average Hollywood action picture. It's clever, witty and thrilling, and it manages to accomplish the difficult task of feeding the brain whilst entertaining the eye.


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