Last Updated on: October 18th, 2023

Face/Off movie

“Face/Off” is an action thriller film released in 1997 and directed by John Woo. The movie stars John Travolta and Nicolas Cage in the lead roles, delivering exceptional performances.

The story revolves around FBI Special Agent Sean Archer, played by John Travolta, and his relentless pursuit of the terrorist Castor Troy, portrayed by Nicolas Cage. Castor is responsible for the death of Archer’s young son and severely injuring Archer himself during a failed assassination attempt.

In a daring operation, Archer manages to capture Castor, but his victory is short-lived when he discovers that Castor’s brother Pollux, a dangerous terrorist, has planted a bomb somewhere in the city. To get information about the bomb’s location, Archer and his team come up with a daring and unconventional plan. They decide to take advantage of a highly advanced surgical procedure that allows the transfer of one person’s face onto another’s body. The plan is to take Castor’s face and voice and transfer them onto Archer, enabling him to pose as Castor and infiltrate the terrorist organization.

As Archer takes on Castor’s identity, he finds himself living the life of a ruthless criminal. Meanwhile, Castor wakes up with Archer’s face and assumes his identity as an FBI agent, wreaking havoc on Archer’s personal and professional life.

The movie is a roller-coaster ride of suspense, action, and intense performances. Travolta and Cage deliver outstanding portrayals, masterfully capturing the essence of each other’s characters. Their on-screen chemistry adds a layer of complexity and depth to the film.

“Face/Off” is renowned for its imaginative and compelling storyline, combined with John Woo’s signature stylish action sequences. The film explores themes of identity, revenge, and the thin line between good and evil. As Archer and Castor find themselves in each other’s shoes, they gain insight into their own lives and the consequences of their actions.

With its gripping narrative, jaw-dropping action scenes, and outstanding performances, “Face/Off” has become a cult classic and a benchmark for action thrillers. It remains one of the most memorable and entertaining films in the genre, leaving a lasting impression on audiences worldwide.

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  • John Travolta: Sean Archer / Castor Troy
  • Nicolas Cage: Castor Troy / Sean Archer
  • Joan Allen: Eve Archer
  • Alessandro Nivola: Pollux Troy
  • Gina Gershon: Sasha Hassler
  • Dominique Swain: Jamie Archer
  • Nick Cassavetes: Dietrich Hassler
  • Harve Presnell: Victor Lazarro
  • Colm Feore: Malcolm Walsh
  • John Carroll Lynch: Guard Walton
  • CCH Pounder: Hollis Miller
  • Robert Wisdom: Tito Biondi
  • Margaret Cho: Wanda
  • Thomas Jane: Burke Hicks
  • James Denton: Buzz
  • Tommy Flanagan: Leo
  • Matt Ross: Loomis
  • Danny Masterson: Karl
  • Chris Bauer: Ivan Dubov
  • Myles Jeffrey: Michael Archer
  • David McCurley: Adam Hassler


  • Director: John Woo
  • Producers: David Permut, Barrie Osborne, Terence Chang and Christopher Godsick
  • Writers: Mike Werb and Michael Colleary

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