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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 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 ...
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/2013
  • UPC: 883929301706
  • Original Release: 1997
  • Source: Paramount Catalog
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround, Dolby Digital Surround EX
  • Language: English, Français, Español
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 25,750

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
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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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    yes, this movie isn't quite the caliber that Woo's hong kong movies are, such as hard boiled, but it is a very solid, exciting, action-packed movie as far as american flicks go. travolta and cage complement each other on screen very well and scenes with the two of them together with dual pistols is electrifying. WOOOO!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Face This

    It wooed me through the entire film, excuse the pun. Action-packed and intelligently done for that type of genre, even Nicolas Cage was compelling. Face/Off is a complicated tale in which you have to pay attention. You might mix the bad guy with the good guy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Was this meant to be a comedy?

    How does garbage like this even get made? Were the producers serious or is this a comedy version of a decent movie?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Winner and Class Act!!!!!!

    Travolta and CAGE are EXplosive in this movie. The suspense is so great you dont want it to end....and the movie is about 3hrs,,,couldn't get enough. Already Loved Travolta, now Loving Cage too!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    an action masterpiece

    A magnificent piece of entertainment. Good cast, great plotline, and true John Woo action. Travolta and Cage are perfect.

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