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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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In order to trap him, he must become him. [DVD] 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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Gina Gershon decided Sasha should kick a man in the groin. "I thought that just encapsulated her whole personality, the whole 'killer' mom." See more »

Goofs

(at around 40 mins) The Geneva Convention regulates the treatment of victims and prisoners of war, not criminal prisoners of society. The guard makes a reference to the Geneva Convention simply to intimidate new prisoners and give the impression that the prison guards are not limited to any domestic and international laws that protect mistreatment of prisoners. See more »

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Sean Archer: [Introducing Adam to Jamie and Eve] This is Adam and he needs a place to live why don't show Adam his new room?
Jamie Archer: Come on
Dr. Eve Archer: [nods] Ok
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Connections

Referenced in Gilmore Girls: Face-Off (2003) 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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Wow....this one is good
27 August 2000 | by See all my reviews

This one has a tough job of convincing the audience that the main characters, Travolta and Cage, could swap faces via plastic surgery and still be convincing as one another. It works! Woo has a certain style down-the long flowing robes, slow mo shootouts, orchestral hype in the background, furious shoot outs, explosions, etc. Essentially a more stylish Bruckheimer movie if ya think about it.

I have always liked the Bald guy and Gina Gershon here the most from the supporting cast, and enjoyed the way both the leads got to 'understand' the others' family, way of life, friends, etc. You have to like how Castor gets Travolta's girl to learn knife fighting, for example, or seeing the camaraderie of Cage's group.

Good shootouts and action, sometimes the conceits here are quite far flung, but you can live with that as an audience. I sure did, and so give this...

*** outta ****, it's quite good


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