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Face/Off

"In order to trap him, he must become him."

R 1997-06-27 Action 2hr 18m

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

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Storyline

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

  • Released
    1997-06-27
  • Revenue
    $245,700,000
  • Budget
    $80,000,000
  • Runtime
    2hr 18m
  • Genre
    Action, Crime, Science Fiction
  • Status
    Released
  • Language
    English, Latin
  • imdb-logo
    7.3
  • Production
    Krane Entertainment, Paramount, Permut Presentations, WCG Entertainment Productions, Touchstone Pictures, Douglas/Reuther Productions

Crew

John Woo
Director
Mike Werb
Writer

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Cast

John Travolta

John Travolta

Sean Archer
Nicolas Cage

Nicolas Cage

Castor Troy
Joan Allen

Joan Allen

Eve Archer
Gina Gershon

Gina Gershon

Sasha Hassler
Dominique Swain

Dominique Swain

Jamie Archer
Nick Cassavetes

Nick Cassavetes

Dietrich Hassler
Harve Presnell

Harve Presnell

Victor Lazarro
Colm Feore

Colm Feore

Dr. Malcolm Walsh
John Carroll Lynch

John Carroll Lynch

Prison Guard Walton
CCH Pounder

CCH Pounder

Hollis Miller
Robert Wisdom

Robert Wisdom

Tito Biondi
Chris Bauer

Chris Bauer

Ivan Dubov
Myles Jeffrey

Myles Jeffrey

Michael Archer
David McCurley

David McCurley

Adam Hassler
Thomas Jane

Thomas Jane

Burke Hicks
Lauren Sinclair

Lauren Sinclair

Agent Winters
Megan Paul

Megan Paul

Hospital Girl
Mike Werb

Mike Werb

Hospital Dad
Steve Hytner

Steve Hytner

Interrogating Agent
Carmen Thomas

Carmen Thomas

Reporter Valerie
John Bloom

John Bloom

Prison Medical Technician
Thomas Rosales Jr.

Thomas Rosales Jr.

Prisoner (uncredited)
Walter Scott

Walter Scott

Port Police Commander
Cam Brainard

Cam Brainard

Dispatcher
David Warshofsky

David Warshofsky

Bomb Leader
John Neidlinger

John Neidlinger

Bomb Technician
Norm Compton

Norm Compton

Cigarette Guard
Gregg Shawzin

Gregg Shawzin

Lock Down Guard
Clifford Einstein

Clifford Einstein

Restorative Surgeon
Marco Kyris

Marco Kyris

Recreation Guard
Tom Fridley

Tom Fridley

Prison Guard
Chic Daniel

Chic Daniel

FBI Squad Leader
Laurence Walsh

Laurence Walsh

Walsh Clinic Nurse
Tony Boldi

Tony Boldi

Jim Elsworth (uncredited)
Khristian Lupo

Khristian Lupo

Dietrich's Henchman (uncredited)
William Morts

William Morts

Dietrich's Man (who holds Adam) (uncredited)
Darren Pele

Darren Pele

Hot Dog Vendor (uncredited)
Joan Beal

Joan Beal

Soprano Soloist (uncredited)
Neill Calabro

Neill Calabro

SWAT Leader (uncredited)
Jason Thomas Campbell

Jason Thomas Campbell

SWAT Officer (uncredited)
Tory Christopher

Tory Christopher

SWAT Officer (uncredited)
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc

Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc

Helicopter Pilot (uncredited)
Del Zamora

Del Zamora

Janitor (uncredited)

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Movie Reviews

Reviews for Face/Off
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A Review by John Chard 10

Written by John Chard on 2019-07-01

It's like looking in a mirror, only, not. There's a tendency to undervalue the action movie. Certainly there's a wide expanse of land in ... read more

It's like looking in a mirror, only, not. There's a tendency to undervalue the action movie. Certainly there's a wide expanse of land in cinema world where film fans reside, where the thought of praising an action film for being "classic" cinema is considered treason against the very word. Yet some of the artistry involved in the genre's leading lights is purely sublime, regardless of how bizarre and unlikely the plot is. Enter John Woo's berserker, ear splitting, high octane actioner, Face/Off. Rightly sitting along side the likes of Die Hard and Predator as genre pieces that showcase how good things can be when it all comes together, Woo's movie is as much fun as you could wish to have for over two hours of explosive, fantastical, unadulterated cinema. The plot sees John Travolta's serious family man cop, Sean Archer, devote his life to catching unbalanced maniacal bad guy Castor Troy (Nicolas Cage). There's some bad history between the two and when Archer manages to capture both Troy and his equally vile brother, Pollux (Alessandro Nivola), it would seem to be closure for Archer and his family. However, it's found that the Troy's have left a ticking bomb somewhere in Los Angeles, and if undetected it will flatten L.A. and kill practically everyone. So, Archer undergoes a revolutionary face-swapping procedure with the now comatose Castor and sets about getting the information from the incarcerated Pollux. But wait!, Castor wakes up and turns the tables by assuming Archer's identity, setting the wheels in motion for each man to live the others life until the Face/Off between the pair will decide their respective fate. Unbelievable? Of course. Who cares? Well nobody should really, because surely going into a film like this one is expecting the ludicrous. Both Cage and Travolta are superbly realising the spectacular nature of the script, and being mesmerising in the duality of the roles into the bargain. Make no bones about it, Woo and his team have crafted a benchmark action movie. There's a trail of thought that suggests that Woo basically keeps making the same movie, that's a fair enough point, sure enough, all of his staple action sequences and traits are evident in Face/Off. Yet Woo has delved into his characters, given them some flesh on their action bones, and then upped the anti in action set pieces to cloak them in chaotic beauty. From the opening Jet escape/pursuit set up, to the outrageous speed boat finale, the film is one long exhilarating breath taker. Joan Allen, Gina Gershon, Dominique Swain & Nick Cassavetes all file into the background playing important characters who are rightly secondary to the protagonists, while a ream of extras come and go as each are dispatched in a hail of Woo inspired carnage. The pace never sags and the eyes and ears are treated to a vibrancy that is often sadly missing from many other big budgeted action blockbusters. This is a masterpiece of action cinema, so even as a Orson Welles crane shot is a magnificent thing, so it be with the sight of two stunt men flailing thru the air in a spray of exploding water. Oh yes sir, this is a classic alright. 10/10

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A Review by r96sk 9

Written by r96sk on 2020-10-18

A quality all-out action film! <em>'Face/Off'</em> isn't one that'll stick out in my memory as something deep meaning, incredibly written... read more

A quality all-out action film! <em>'Face/Off'</em> isn't one that'll stick out in my memory as something deep meaning, incredibly written or anything of the sort. However, as an action film it's superb. There's barely a chance to rethink what you've just seen due to the prevalent and manic nature of onscreen events. You also have fascinating performances from the two leads. Nicolas Cage and John Travolta are awesome in this. I won't spoil the plot, but all I will say is that those two bring it to life brilliantly - it felt, at least to me, very believable; which is impressive. Across the opening portion I thought it was going to be Cage stealing the show, but as things progress Travolta really comes up big to match Cage. Away from NC and JT, there isn't really anything to scream about cast-wise; although, I gotta give shoutouts to Mike Delfino and Gavin Harris; if you know, you know. Nothing much more to note, to be honest. The terrific action means I'd highly recommend this.

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A Review by SoSmooth1982 8

Written by SoSmooth1982 on 2023-05-15

Never seen a concept for movie this way. They literally trade faces. Good versus evil and not only do they trade faces but there characters ... read more

Never seen a concept for movie this way. They literally trade faces. Good versus evil and not only do they trade faces but there characters and personalities have to change as well. 2 of the best that could ever do it. John turns into Nicholas and Nicholas turns into John. I would say Nicholas Cage played it better then John Travolta did.

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A Review by John Chard

It's like looking in a mirror, only, not. There's a tendency to undervalue the action movie. Certainly there's a wide expanse of land in cinema world where film fans reside, where the thought of praising an action film for being "classic...

reviewer avatar

A Review by John Chard 10

Written by John Chard on 2019-07-01

It's like looking in a mirror, only, not. There's a tendency to undervalue the action movie. Certainly there's a wide expanse of land in cinema world where film fans reside, where the thought of pr...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by r96sk 9

Written by r96sk on 2020-10-18

A quality all-out action film! <em>'Face/Off'</em> isn't one that'll stick out in my memory as something deep meaning, incredibly written or anything of the sort. However, as an action film it's su...

read more
reviewer avatar

A Review by SoSmooth1982 8

Written by SoSmooth1982 on 2023-05-15

Never seen a concept for movie this way. They literally trade faces. Good versus evil and not only do they trade faces but there characters and personalities have to change as well. 2 of the best that...

read more