John Woo (1997)

18 Certificate
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In director John Woo's over-the-top blockbuster, Nicolas Cage plays Castor Troy, a lunatic terrorist who, having planted a bomb somewhere in LA, is put into a coma by his FBI agent nemesis, Sean Archer (John Travolta). So, of course, Archer uses ultra-modern plastic surgery to swap faces with Troy to dupe the villain's associates - including brother Pollux (Alessandro Nivola) and old flame Sasha (Gina Gershon) - into revealing the bomb's location. The mix of bizarre plotting, high-octane thrills and sentimental drama doesn't always gel, but there are some nice moments, especially when Cage begins to revive Travolta's stale marriage to Joan Allen, and Woo more than delivers in the overblown action stakes. It's also patently evident that both stars are having a ball sending up each other's mannerisms.


FBI agent Sean Archer captures terrorist Castor Troy, the man who killed his son. While Troy is in a coma, Archer has the crook's face surgically grafted onto his own so he can go undercover and locate a bomb planted somewhere in Los Angeles. But then Troy regains consciousness - and in turn takes on Archer's identity. John Woo's action thriller, starring Nicolas Cage, John Travolta, Joan Allen, Gina Gershon and Dominique Swain.

Cast & Crew

Sean Archer John Travolta
Castor Troy Nicolas Cage
Eve Archer Joan Allen
Sasha Hassler Gina Gershon
Jamie Archer Dominique Swain
Pollux Troy Alessandro Nivola
Dietrich Hassler Nick Cassavetes
Dr Malcolm Walsh Colm Feore
Lazarro Harve Presnell
Hollis Miller CCH Pounder
Burke Hicks Thomas Jane
Director John Woo
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Buena Vista International UKGuidance: Violence, swearing, drug abuse.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray