Face/Off Movie Review 1997

Information and Film Reviews for Face/Off the Movie

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3.5 4.0 from 2 reviews

Woo returns to his blood-soaked, violence-as-poetry-in-motion roots with the story of a fed who assumes the identity of the presumed-dead terrorist who killed his son. When the master criminal wakes up, he "steals" the cop's identity. Travolta's back for another wild ride, eating up the scenery when he takes on the bad-guy role. Cage, fresh from action hits in "The Rock" and "Con Air" gets to study the nature of good and evil (another Woo specialty) while he learns the nuances of the "leap across the room with two pistols blazing" move. Woo's Hong Kong efforts have always explored the blurry line between the good guys and the bad guys, and with Cage and Travolta, he has the perfect actors to display his findings. Woo cultists will welcome the return to the old style, while those only familiar with his stateside work will understand what all the fuss was about.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 140 minutes.

Cast and Crew

FBI, Terrorism, Plastic Surgery, Not-So-True Identity, Men in Prison, L.A., Revenge, Boom!, Great Escapes, Great Death Scenes, Escaped Cons, Top Grossing Films of 1997, Brothers & Sisters, Coma
Mike Werb, Michael Colleary
John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Joan Allen, Alessandro Nivola, Gina Gershon, Nick Cassavetes, Dominique Swain, Harve Presnell, Margaret Cho, CCH Pounder, Colm Feore, John Carroll Lynch, Matt Ross
Oliver Wood
John Woo
John Powell
Christopher Godsick, Barrie M. Osborne, Jonathan D. Krane, Michael Douglas, Steven Reuther, WCG Entertainment, Paramount Pictures


MTV Movie Awards 1998: On-Screen Duo (John Travolta/Nicolas Cage), Action Seq.

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