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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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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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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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Nicolas Cage and Thomas Jane share some screen time together while at the Erewhon prison. Both actors would go on to eventually portray popular Marvel Comics antihero characters: Cage played Johnny Blaze in Ghost Rider (2007) and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance (2011) while Jane played Frank Castle in The Punisher (2004), which also starred John Travolta as the main villain. See more »

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(at around 25 mins) Reflected in the window as the ear is being reconstructed. See more »

Quotes

Sean Archer: I've got something... I have to ask both of you
[brings Adam in the house]
Sean Archer: this is Adam... and he needs a place to live
Jamie Archer: [to Adam] Hi, my name's Jamie
Adam Hassler: I'm Adam
Sean Archer: Why don't you show Adam his new room?
Jamie Archer: Come on
Dr. Eve Archer: OK
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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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John and Nicholas make quite a pair in Face/Off
28 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

"Face/Off" is an excellent movie that will never get out of your head, it's that memorable. I saw this movie probably 6 or 7 years ago and I still think about it and finally bought it the other day.

The performances, this is it, folks. We have two of the finest and very popular actors: John Travolta and Nicholas Cage. These two are amazing, to transfer back and forth. John had to go from this kind, loving, and very sensitive man to a looney, cold-blooded, heartless maniac. Nicholas went from being the scary and perverted psycho to a helpless and struggling man trapped in this killer's body. My kudos to Nicholas, that was a tough performance to capture. I felt his pain, no one would believe that he was Sean Archer, who would after all? His body has been kidnapped from Castor Troy who is now playing around with his job, his daughter, and his wife. I felt so scarred for him, because I cannot imagine in a million years what that must feel like, the isolation, the abuse, and the feeling of utter helplessness. In my opinion, these are one of the best performances in 1997. The supporting cast of: Joan Allen, Gina Gershon, and Alessandro Nivola add so much, you get into the film entirely.

This is a very scary movie. This is identity theft gone terribly wrong and beyond any borders. I loved this movie and any other film fanatic will definitely enjoy it as well. It has great action, drama, romance, and dark comedy that bring together a terrific film.

10/10


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