Paramount Picture / Touchstone Pictures Released 1997




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John Woo

Sean Archer is an FBI special agent who's obsession to capture Castor Troy, a terrorist and the killer of his young son, takes on a new level when, through a revolutionary medical procedure that allows a complete face transplant, Archer takes on Castor's identity. As Castor, Archer is able to infiltrate Castor's world in prison and discover the location of a bomb. However, the real Castor assumes Archer's face and identity and kills off the doctor responsible and anyone with knowledge of the secret mission. He is able to convince Archer's family of his false identity while the real Archer is stuck in jail. It is up to Archer to prove who he really is, stop the deadly bomb, and save his family from a murderous psychopath with his face.


Metacritic Score

  • 90

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    Before we go numb from such prefab excitement, here comes a mega-movie that actually delivers what mega-movies promise: strong characters, smart plotting, breathless action and a g...

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    In its best moments, Face/Off practically mainlines fury, leaving audiences no time to think or even breathe.

  • 70

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    A provocative premise, virtuoso direction and two dazzling lead performances go a long way toward offsetting a lack of dramatic structure and a sense of when to quit in Face/Off.

John Travolta

John Travolta

Sean Archer / Castor Troy

Nicolas Cage

Nicolas Cage

Castor Troy / Sean Archer

Colm Feore

Colm Feore

Dr. Malcolm Walsh

Joan Allen

Joan Allen

Dr. Eve Archer

Gina Gershon

Gina Gershon

Sasha Hassler

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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    • Production Budget - $80,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $112,276,146 (11th)
      Worldwide Gross - $245,676,146 (14th)

      Domestic adjusted for 2013 - $199,602,037
      Worldwide adjusted for 2013 - $436,757,593

    • Other production companies:
      Permut Presentations
      Douglas/Reuther Productions
      WCG Entertainment Productions

    • Filming locations:
      Pacific Electric Building, Los Angeles, California
      Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, California
      Agoura Hills, California
      Cabrillo Beach, San Pedro, Los Angeles, California
      Downtown, Los Angeles, California, USA
      Eagle Rock Substation, Los Angeles, California
      Kaiser Permanente Medical Center / Hospital, Baldwin Park, California
      Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown, Los Angeles, California
      Los Angeles Harbor, San Pedro, Los Angeles, California
      Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, California
      San Pedro Bay, California
      San Pedro Harbor, Long Beach, California
      San Pedro, Los Angeles, California
      Victorville, California

    • Taglines:
      1. Only one will survive .
      2. It's like looking in a mirror - only not .
      3. In order to catch him, he must become him.
      4. In order to trap him, he must become him.
      5. To destroy your enemy, you must find him, face him, and then... become him.

    • Music:
      The Hallelujah Chorus - Since By Man Came Death
      From oratorio 'Messiah'
      By George Frideric Handel
      Performed by Baroque Orchestra & Chorus
      Pamina's aria "Ach, ich fühl's
      From 2nd act of the opera 'Die Zauberflöte'
      By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Performed by Hungarian Festival Chorus and Failoni Orchestra, Budapest
      Elizabeth Norberg-Schulz, soprano
      Papa's Got A Brand New Bag (Part I)
      Written and Performed by James Brown
      Prelude in D-Flat, Op. 28, No. 15 ('Raindrop')
      By Frédéric Chopin
      Performed by Irina Zaritzkaya
      By Adrian Thaws, Douglas L. Davis & Richard M. Walters
      Performed by Tricky
      La Di Da Di
      By Douglas L. Davis & Richard M. Walters
      Performed by Doug E. Fresh & The Get Fresh Crew
      Over The Rainbow
      By Harold Arlen & E.Y. Harburg
      Performed by Olivia Newton-John
      Don't Lose Your Head
      By Andrew Farriss & Michael Hutchence
      Performed by INXS
      By Gregorio Allegri
      Performed by Choir of Westminster Abbey under the direction of Simon Preston

    • Academy Awards Nomination:
      1. Sound Editing
      2. Effects


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Thrillers, 90s, Crime