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Face/Off (1997)

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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sean Archer / Castor Troy
... Castor Troy / Sean Archer
... Dr. Eve Archer
... Pollux Troy
... Sasha Hassler
... Jamie Archer
... Dietrich Hassler
... Victor Lazarro
... Dr. Malcolm Walsh
... Prison Guard Walton
... Hollis Miller
... Tito Biondi
... Wanda
... Buzz (as Jamie Denton)
... Loomis
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Storyline

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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Face Off  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,387,530, 29 June 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$112,225,777, 2 November 1997

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$128,000,000, 22 March 1998
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Throughout the movie Sean Archer is shown to be physically superior to Castor Troy. Whenever the two are engaged in hand to hand combat Archer almost always gets the upper hand. However, Castor Troy has the better shot. He almost never misses. See more »

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At the church, just as the shooting is done with, Eve is leaning down with her hands covering her head. Then, in the close-up she uncovers her head and sits upright to look around, but in the next shot, she's still leaning down covering her head. See more »

Quotes

Castor Troy: [during an interview with a news reporter] Interception! Now our side's got the ball. Sorry!
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Referenced in Jet Set Radio Future (2002) See more »

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Christiansands
Written by Tricky (as Adrian Thaws), Doug E. Fresh (as Douglas L. Davis) & Slick Rick (as Richard M. Walters)
Courtesy of Island Records Limited
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
Contains sample of "La Di Da Di"
Written by Doug E. Fresh (as Douglas L. Davis) & Slick Rick (as Richard M. Walters)
Performed by Doug E. Fresh & The Get Fresh Crew
Courtesy of Danya Records Ltd.
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One of the greatest action films ever made
29 July 2004 | by 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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