Face/Off

1997, Action, 2h 18m

87 Reviews 250,000+ Ratings

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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. Read critic reviews

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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 & Crew

John Travolta
Sean Archer, Castor Troy
Nicolas Cage
Castor Troy, Sean Archer
Joan Allen
Dr. Eve Archer
Gina Gershon
Sasha Hassler
Dominique Swain
Jamie Archer
Nick Cassavetes
Dietrich Hassler
Harve Presnell
Victor Lazarro
Colm Feore
Dr. Malcolm Walsh
John Carroll Lynch
Prison Guard Walton
CCH Pounder
Dr. Holllis Miller
Robert Wisdom
Tito Biondi
John Woo
Director
Mike Werb
Screenwriter
Michael Douglas
Executive Producer
Jonathan D. Krane
Executive Producer
Steven Reuther
Executive Producer
Andrew Farriss
Original Music
Gavin Greenaway
Original Music
Michael Hutchence
Original Music
John Powell
Original Music
Michael A. Reagan
Original Music
Oliver Wood
Cinematographer
Steven Kemper
Film Editor
Neil Spisak
Production Design
Steve Arnold
Art Direction
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Critic Reviews for Face/Off

All Critics (87) | Top Critics (28) | Fresh (80) | Rotten (7)

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  • May 06, 2016
    Well for a start you can't knock this film for being the same old action film, It stands out from the rest thanks to a great well told plot that yes is very silly but works very well, Travolta and Cage work well together and play both their parts very well good and evil, I'm not the biggest Woo fan as I always find his over the top action to just get too silly to take seriously, But it's Woos best film and will probably remain to be too, It's full of well shot action scenes that are great fun, I did feel the ending could if had an extra twist as I'm not the biggest fan of happy endings but maybe it was the right choice overall, Great entertainment from start to finish and that's all we ask for in a action film.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Apr 20, 2014
    Kept me at the edge of my seat.
    Maymay A Super Reviewer
  • Sep 24, 2013
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  • Jun 13, 2013
    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

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