Face/Off

Face/Off

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Director: John Woo

Cast: John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Joan Allen

     
 

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The third of John Woo's American-made feature films, Face/Off stars John Travolta as Sean Archer, an FBI agent obsessed with capturing Castor Troy (Nicolas Cage), a criminal genius who years before killed Archer's son while trying to assassinate the agent. Archer's single-minded pursuit of Troy has caused serious harm to his marriage, but Archer thinks theSee more details below

Overview

The third of John Woo's American-made feature films, Face/Off stars John Travolta as Sean Archer, an FBI agent obsessed with capturing Castor Troy (Nicolas Cage), a criminal genius who years before killed Archer's son while trying to assassinate the agent. Archer's single-minded pursuit of Troy has caused serious harm to his marriage, but Archer thinks the light may have appeared at the end of the tunnel when a seriously wounded Troy is captured in a bloody shootout. However, it turns out that Troy has planted a time bomb, with a biological payload that could destroy the entire city of Los Angeles -- and Troy isn't about to say where it is. The only other person who knows the bomb's location is Troy's brother, Pollux (Alessandro Nivola), who is no more helpful than Castor. FBI scientists hatch a plan: they have developed an experimental surgery which would allow them to graft Troy's face temporarily on Archer's head and allow him to question Pollux as if he were his brother. But after Archer has taken Troy's face, Troy regains consciousness and forces the doctors to give him Archer's face. Now the criminal mastermind has the FBI at his disposal, and the lawman is underground with few places to turn. Along with Woo's usual elaborately choreographed action scenes, Face/Off features a number of notable supporting performances, including Joan Allen as Archer's wife, Colm Feore and C.C.H. Pounder as FBI scientists, and Gina Gershon as Troy's loyal but long-suffering girlfriend.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
The third time was the charm for John Woo in Hollywood, as his 1997 blockbuster Face/Off reached the passionate intensity of his best Hong Kong works. Anchored by dexterous performances by John Travolta and Nicolas Cage as the face-switching antagonists Sean Archer and Castor Troy, the preposterous story line becomes apt material for Woo to once again examine the intimate bond between cop and villain. Whether literally attempting to blow away the man in the mirror or insinuating themselves into the other's personal life, Travolta and Cage inhabit each other's persona with an adept mix of pathos and glee, rendering the transformation as plausible as it is fun. Woo's virtuoso action sequences, culminating in a dove-ridden church shoot-out reminiscent of The Killer (1989), are replete with his signature balletic slow-motion, razor-sharp editing, and two-fisted gunplay, reaching the emotional pitch of high melodrama with well-choreographed visuals akin to a lethal musical. Hailed for its action pyrotechnics and its strong, high-class cast, Face/Off became a summer hit and Woo's first unqualified American success.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/02/2008
UPC:
0097361422343
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
R
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:18:00
Sales rank:
13,284

Special Features

Commentaries by director John Woo and writers Mike Werb and Michael Colleary; 7 deleted scenes - including an alternate ending (with optional commentary)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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 Lazzaro
Colm Feore Dr. Malcolm Walsh
John Carroll Lynch Prison Guard Walton
CCH Pounder Hollis Miller
Robert Wisdom Tito
Margaret Cho Wanda
Jamie Denton Buzz
Matt Ross Loomis
Tommy Flanagan Actor
Joe Bob Briggs Shock Technician

Technical Credits
John Woo Director
Arthur Anderson Asst. Director
Steve Arnold Art Director
Gary Capo Screenwriter
Lawrence James Cavanaugh Special Effects
Terence Chang Producer
Michael Colleary Co-producer,Screenwriter
Michael Douglas Executive Producer
Christopher Godsick Producer
David Kelson Sound Mixer
Steven Kemper Editor
Jonathan D. Krane Executive Producer
Jeff Levine Associate Producer
Garrett Lewis Set Decoration/Design
Mindy Marin Casting
Ellen Mirojnick Costumes/Costume Designer
Barrie M. Osborne Producer
David Permut Producer
John Powell Score Composer
Steven E. Reuther Executive Producer
David Ronne Sound/Sound Designer
Steven Schwartz Set Decoration/Design
Brian Smrz Stunts
Barbara Ann Spencer Set Decoration/Design
Neil Spisak Production Designer
Gerald Sullivan Set Decoration/Design
VIFX Special Effects
Christian Wagner Editor
Mike Werb Co-producer,Screenwriter
Suzan Wexler Set Decoration/Design
Oliver Wood Cinematographer
Kevin Yagher Makeup Special Effects

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Face Off
1. The Merry-Go-Round [:19]
2. Six Years Later: Sinclaire Is Hot [2:43]
3. Castor and Pollux [3:30]
4. Southern California International Airport: A Game of Chicken [2:39]
5. Ready for the Big Ride [:24]
6. The Archer Home, "I Got Him Eve" [3:51]
7. A Visit From Special Ops: Sinclaire Revealed [4:30]
8. The Walsh Institute [:19]
9. Failed Interrogations [1:51]
10. Black Bag Operation [3:39]
11. Suicide Mission [1:32]
12. Archer Becomes Castor "I Want You to Take This Face and Burn It" [1:10]
13. Erewhon Prison [1:48]
14. The Real Castor Wakes [4:10]
15. The Location of the Bomb [1:09]
16. An Unexpected Visitor, "It's Like Looking in a Mirror.. Only Not" [5:13]
17. "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" [1:57]
18. Pollux Gets Released [4:37]
19. This Ridiculous Chin [2:38]
20. Disarming Sinclaire [:19]
21. Date Night [2:35]
22. "I Need a Light!" [3:16]
23. Escape From Erewhon [2:39]
24. Michael Archer's Birthday [1:14]
25. Refuge at Dietrich's "No More Drugs for That Man" [1:28]
26. Acting Like a Father [:21]
27. Sasha and Adam [1:00]
28. Shootout in Dietrch's Loft [3:23]
29. The Face in the Mirror [2:13]
30. Lazarro's Heart Attack [:38]
31. Eve Learns the Truth [:53]
32. The Blood Test [5:57]
33. Lies, Distrust, Mixed Messages [1:26]
34. Lazarro's Funeral/A Candle for the Dead [7:24]
35. The Eternal Battle Between Good and Evil [1:18]
36. "I'm Your Father!" [2:43]
37. The Final Confrontation [4:08]
38. The True Sean Archer [:15]
39. Homecoming [5:39]
40. End Credits [2:37]

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