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Face/Off (1997)

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In order 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 turns from bad to worse when the same criminal impersonates the cop.

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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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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)  »

Also Known As:

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

For John Woo's birthday, Nicolas Cage and Nick Cassavetes gave him a Dirty Harry (1971) poster signed by Clint Eastwood. Woo has called Eastwood "my hero." See more »

Goofs

(at around 2h 5 mins) In the boat chase scene, we see Troy (as Archer) take a swing at Archer's face (as Troy) with the anchor, miss, and leave a hole in the boat. In the next shot, the part of the boat where there is supposed to be a hole, is perfectly smooth. See more »

Quotes

Castor Troy: [Pinning Karl against the car] Say you're sorry.
Karl: I'm Sorry!
Castor Troy: I didn't hear it.
Karl: [Louder] I'm Sorry!
Castor Troy: Mean it.
Karl: I'm So Sorry!
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Referenced in The Simpsons: Faith Off (2000) See more »

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Stella By Starlight
By Ned Washington & Victor Young
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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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