• Face/Off (1997)


Release Date: June 25th, 1997

DVD Release Date: October 6th, 1998

R |2 hr 18 min

Plot Summary

Obsessed with bringing terrorist Castor Troy (Nicolas Cage) to justice, FBI agent Sean Archer (John Travolta) tracks down Troy, who has boarded a plane in Los Angeles. After the plane crashes and Troy is severely injured, possibly dead, Archer undergoes surgery to remove his face and replace it with Troy's. As Archer tries to use his disguise to elicit information about a bomb from Troy's brother, Troy awakes from a coma and forces the doctor who performed the surgery to give him Archer's face.

Cast: John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Joan Allen, Alessandro Nivola, Gina Gershon, Dominique Swain, Nick Cassavetes, Harve Presnell

Director: John Woo

Genres: Action

Production Co: Touchstone Pictures, Paramount Pictures

Keywords: 1990s, Pursuit, Suspenseful, Mystery, Los Angeles, Offbeat

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Mick LaSalleSan Francisco Chronicle

    It's the picture that proves action films don't have to be silly, that a few thrill sequences don't mean every other value has to be shot to pieces. show more

  • 100
    Rick GroenThe Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The result is a genre picture that transcends the genre, that gleefully embraces four qualities alien to the bulk of its noisy brethren: (1) thematic texture; (2) kinetic grace; (3) visuals that toy with the mind even while dazzling the eye; and (3) performers who are permitted to act like something other than human wicks for the pyrotechnical bombast. show more

  • 100
    Peter TraversRolling Stone

    Exciting and then some, Face/Off blends the director's supercharged images of balletic brutality and spiritual catharsis with an off-the-wall humor that allows John Travolta and Nicolas Cage to really let it rip. show more

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