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  • Actors: John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Joan Allen, Alessandro Nivola, Gina Gershon
  • Directors: John Woo
  • Format: PAL, Dolby, Surround Sound
  • Language: English, Latin
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Buena Vista
  • VHS Release Date: 1 Oct. 1999
  • Run Time: 133 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CW82
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 295,615 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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FBI agent Sean Archer (John Travolta) seeks revenge on terrorist Castor Troy (Nicolas Cage), who killed his son six years earlier. While Castor is comatose, Archer adopts his face and identity through the miracles of modern science. Archer, as Castor, then visits Castor's brother Pollux (Alessandro Nivola) in prison to discover the location of a hidden bomb. However, when he awakes, Castor turns the tables by having the same operation performed and taking on Archer's identity, having the FBI agent secured in prison. A confusing game of cat and mouse thus ensues.

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At his best, director John Woo turns action movies into ballets of blood and bullets grounded in character drama. Face/Off marks Woo's first American film to reach the pitched level of his best Hong Kong work (Hard-Boiled). He takes a patently absurd premise--hero and villain exchange identities by literally swapping faces in science-fiction plastic surgery--and creates a double-barrelled revenge film driven by the split psyches of its newly redefined characters. FBI agent Sean Archer (John Travolta) must play the villain to move through the underworld while psychotic terrorist Castor Troy (Nicolas Cage) becomes a perversely paternal family man, while using every tool at his disposal to destroy his nemesis. Travolta vamps Cage's tics and flamboyant excess with the grace of a dancer after his transformation from cop to criminal, while Cage plays the sullen, bottled-up agent excruciatingly trapped behind the face of the man who killed his son. His attempts to live up to the terrorist's reputation become cathartic explosions of violence that both thrill and terrify him. This is merely icing on the cake for action fans, the dramatic backbone for some of the most visceral action thrills ever. Woo fills the screen with one show-stopping set-piece after another, bringing a poetic grace to the action freakout with sweeping camerawork and sophisticated editing. This marriage of melodrama and mayhem ups the ante from cops-and-robbers clichés to a conflict of near-mythic levels. --Sean Axmaker

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Timelord-007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Sept. 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Face Off (Blu-ray).

Blu-ray Info.
Format: Anamorphic, Widescreen
Language: English
Subtitles: English
Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
Region B/2
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
Number of discs: 1
Classification: 18
Studio: Walt Disney Studios
Running Time: 139 minutes

(Please Note: Face Off, UK Blu Ray edition contains a 7 second cut scene involving a flicking of a knife by Troy/Archer to Archers Daughter Jamie, this was also cut on the UK DVD version).

Blu Ray Quality.
Picture: A clearer vibrant picture on Blu ray that is much improved quality print than the DVD version.
Sound: The 5.1 HD Master sound that is far superior sharper sound quality compared to the standard DVD edition.

Cast.
John Travolta as Sean Archer / Castor Troy
Nicolas Cage as Castor Troy / Sean Archer
Joan Allen as Dr. Eve Archer
Alessandro Nivola as Pollux Troy
Gina Gershon as Sasha Hassler
Dominique Swain as Jamie Archer
Nick Cassavetes as Dietrich Hassler
Harve Presnell as Victor Lazarro
Colm Feore as Dr. Malcolm Walsh
John Carroll Lynch as Guard Walton
C. C. H. Pounder as Dr. Miller
Robert Wisdom as Tito
Margaret Cho as Wanda
James Denton as Buzz
Matt Ross as Loomis
Danny Masterson as Karl

Box Office.
Budget: $80 million
Box office: $245,676,146

Trivia.
1)Originally Arnold Schwarzenegger & Sylvester Stallone were in mind to play the lead roles, but when John Woo was brought in to direct, he decided that John Travolta & Nicolas Cage would be more suited to the roles.
2)Originally, Nicolas Cage turned down the role of Castor Troy, citing a lack of interest in playing a villain.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr D A on 1 July 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
region free US edition, This is one of my favourite movies and one of the best action flicks, the main reason I purchased this version is its fully uncut, so you get to see the additional 7 seconds that have been cut on UK version, plus the UK version is bare bones so you don't get any of the special features, its good to see some US region free blu-rays available on Amazon UK and at a good price.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Dec. 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This film I honestly thought was the best action thriller I have ever seen, with amazing gun fights, excellent stunts and a brilliant plot. John Travalta is Sean Archer, a top FBI Agent who was just brought to justice the killer of his young son, Castor Troy. But there is a complication. Although his family can settle down and live in peace, there is a bomb planted somewhere in LA but only Castor and his buddies know where. To solve this, Archer agrees to a ridiculous operation to have his face swapped with Castor's (who is in a coma), his voice and his hair aswell. As Archer goes undercover as Castor in a high-force prison, he finds out information about the whereabouts of the bomb. But then the real Castor wakes out of his coma and burns all the documents that prove the face-swap ever happened and kills all the people who know about it. Sean soon realises that he is stuck in jail, whilst Castor lives his life. As further complications ensue, the action and stunts of John Woo get better and better. Both Nicholas Cage and John Travolta have to act each other's characters and do it very well when they must. This film is absolutely brilliant. BUY IT NOW!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lord Anon on 11 Aug. 2011
Format: DVD
Face/Off today is cheesy. Not that this is bad because it the over the top shoot outs, the hilarious one liners and a plot so bizarre that it instantly memorable. It one of those of those films which grabs you at the very start and throws you in with the characters , not letting go until the very ending . Something you expect for a action film.

Travolta and Cage are exceptional. You won't forget these two rivalry for years to come after watching them both. The lines they are given can, at times, be cringe-worthy but you won't act negatively towards them as they fit in perfectly with the rest of the film.

Woo delivers the shootouts with dedication and perfection. He never over does the slow-mo and he adds plenty of eye candy. Every shootout in the film will stay crystal clear for years after viewing them.

There not many negatives to this film. If your looking for a serious story and a realistic conflict between two men, then you will most likely not enjoy face/off. However, if you love explosions, OTT characters, rolling and diving and cool one liners, then this will won't disappoint.
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‘Face/Off’ is a kind of simple film for simple people (and I’m including myself in that demographic). Take one bad guy (Nicholas Cage – cranked up to 11) and then, through a series of bizarre and totally implausible events, he finds himself with his face – literally – swapped with the good guy/cop (John Travolta –also doing his best to crank his performance up to 11) who’s out to catch him. Now, no one believes which one is which and the two of them start trying to take over each other’s lives (while trying to murder each other, obviously).

If that brief plot summary hasn’t made you ask more than a few questions regarding the hows and whys of it all, then you really are an expert at suspending your disbelief. Most people would already be picking holes in the story. So, if you’re looking for a watertight plot with no holes in it, you probably should really skip this one.

Luckily, Face/Off his just so much fun that you’ll find it easy to gloss over the general absurdities of it all, sit back, break open the popcorn and just roll with it. It is one of the most obviously over-the-top films ever made and, if the plot wasn’t over-the-top enough, then the two leads – Cage and Travolta – spend the film constantly trying to outdo each other as to how extreme they can make their performances. So, take the over-the-top film, add the completely over-the-top performances then, just to finish it off, add the completely unrealistic gunfights and those weird ‘Hollywood-type’ explosions where fireworks seem to shoot out of the flames.

What you effectively have here is a B-movie with a decent cast and budget. It carries the film through and will always elevate it over the general mediocre action flicks that go straight to DVD.
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