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Face/Off (1997)

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In order to foil a terrorist plot, an FBI agent undergoes facial transplant surgery and assumes the identity of a criminal mastermind, who murdered his only son. The plan turns sour when the criminal wakes up prematurely and seeks revenge.

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John Woo
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 11 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Travolta ... Sean Archer
Nicolas Cage ... Castor Troy
Joan Allen ... Eve Archer
Alessandro Nivola ... Pollux Troy
Gina Gershon ... Sasha Hassler
Dominique Swain ... Jamie Archer
Nick Cassavetes ... Dietrich Hassler
Harve Presnell ... Victor Lazarro
Colm Feore ... Dr. Malcolm Walsh
John Carroll Lynch ... Prison Guard Walton
CCH Pounder ... Hollis Miller
Robert Wisdom ... Tito Biondi
Margaret Cho ... Wanda
James Denton ... Buzz (as Jamie Denton)
Matt Ross ... 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 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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Trivia

Sean Archer chokes Castor Troy in the same manner that he previously choked Dietrich. See more »

Goofs

Archer's wife doesn't notice her husband's body is entirely different when they make love. Also the film doesn't explain the change in eye color, teeth and height. When Archer visits the Walsh Institute, Dr. Walsh explains every step of the process. Archers body will be adjusted in every aspect to match Troys. This will later happen with Troys body to match Archers figure in every detail. See more »

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Castor Troy: Isn't this religious, ah yes. The eternal battle between good and evil, saint and sinners... but you're still not having any FUN!
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Alternate Versions

In the Malaysian version all scenes that have reference to sexual topics are removed, e.g. Castor Troy touching the young choir singers behind in the beginning See more »

Connections

Referenced in Horizon: The World's First Face Transplant (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Prelude in D-Flat, Op. 28, No. 15 ('Raindrop')
By Frédéric Chopin
Performed by Irina Zaritzkaya
Courtesy of Naxos of America
By Arrangement with Source/Q
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Face/Off
5 March 2020 | by MR_HeracliusSee all my reviews

This is an epic action movie with everything and more: plane explosions, a jail break, boat chases, the latest scientific advances, and of course, the white doves flying off before a gun fight. It also has the premise of putting on someone else's face, which is an insane plot twist, which somehow turns out amazing. Also, if you don't already appreciate the gem to American cinema that Nicholas Cage is, prepare to be blown away.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

27 June 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Face Off See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,387,530, 29 June 1997

Gross USA:

$112,276,146

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$245,676,146
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS (uncredited)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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