Face/Off (1997)



Critic Consensus: John Travolta and Nicolas Cage play cat-and-mouse (and literally play each other) against a beautifully stylized backdrop of typically elegant, over-the-top John Woo violence.

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: R (intense sequences of strong violence and for strong language)
Genre: Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Colleary, Mike Werb, Gary Capo
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 6, 1998
Paramount Pictures


as Sean Archer

as Castor Troy

as Eve Archer

as Pollux Troy

as Sasha Hassler

as Jamie Archer

as Dietrich Hassler

as Dr. Malcolm Walsh

as Victor Lazarro

as Prison Guard Walton

as Tito Biondi

as Burke Hicks

as Shock Technician

as Loomis

as Leo Fry

as Kimberly

as Fitch

as Dr. Hollis Miller

as Aldo Adino

as Dubov

as Agent Winters

as Pilot

as Janitor

as Cindee

as Adolescent Girl

as Iris's Dad

as LAPD Cop

as Interrogating Agent

as Michael Archer

as Reporter Valerie

as Prison Medical Techn...

as Port Police Commande...

as ER Nurse

as Adam Hassler

as Dispatcher

as Bomb Leader

as Bomb Technician

as Cigarette Guard

as Lock Down Guard

as Restorative Surgeon

as Recreative Guard

as Prison Guard

as Altar Boy

as FBI Squad Leader

as Walsh Clinic Nurse

as Prison Medical Techn...
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Critic Reviews for Face/Off

All Critics (83) | Top Critics (26)

I won't pretend that I completely enjoyed it, but it certainly has a few elements that I've never seen before. Action aficionados will undoubtedly slobber all over themselves.

Full Review… | July 28, 2015
Top Critic

[A] gorgeously shot, repetitively violent, occasionally repellent, sometimes silly and consistently trashy fantasy.

Full Review… | August 2, 2013
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

For all its fiery explosions, Face/Off just kind of implodes.

Full Review… | August 2, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

It's sick, slick and sensational.

Full Review… | August 2, 2013
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

In Face/Off, Woo sweeps us away again, into a world of wild action, heroism, villainy and double faces that turn deadly.

Full Review… | August 2, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

A knockout new thriller by John Woo.

Full Review… | August 2, 2013
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Face/Off



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Super Reviewer

This film might have been better if done with today's CGI. But then again, maybe not. The story's kinda foolish and no amount of modern technology can make it seem like Travolta can act. Travolta is the single worst element of this film -- his acting is so bad, it's a distraction.

Christian C

Super Reviewer


"Face/Off is one of my all time favorite thriller/action movies. Travolta and Cage have great chemistry and I would really like to see them do another film together. They both play crazy well. Cage in the opening scene makes me laugh every time. I love him when he plays crazy.

The movie is about a terrorist named Castor Troy and the cop, Sean Archer who has a personal vendetta in putting him away.
The movie is packed with action and great performances.
This will always be my favorite Travolta and Cage film. "


Super Reviewer

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