Face/Off (1997) Poster



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Frankenstein (1931)
When Castor Troy suddenly pops up in bed at the medical building.
The Lady from Shanghai (1947)
When Castor tries finding "himself" in the mirrors (during central shootout).
Eyes Without a Face (1960)
The cut patterns with which Nicholas Cage and Travolta's characters' faces were removed were virtually identical to that of the beautiful victims in this film. Not to mention that both films are about facial transplants and pay agonizing detail to the horrific process of transplantation.
Soylent Green (1973)
Suspiria (1977)
Grease (1978)
Trancers (1984)
The Dead Pool (1988)
spear gun used by Archer to kill Castor at the end
The Killer (1989)
final shootout takes place at a church
Die Hard 2 (1990)
Cape Fear (1991)
Hard Boiled (1992)
Patriot Games (1992)
boat chase at the end of the movie
The Rock (1996)

Referenced in 

Beverly Hills, 90210: Face-Off (1997) (TV Episode)
title reference
At the Movies: Men in Black/Wild America/Out to Sea (1997) (TV Episode)
A still is shown for the "Now in Theaters" bumper. Two thumbs up.
David Cronenberg and the Cinema of the Extreme (1997) (TV Short)
Specifically mentioned by Alex Cox about upcoming summer movies
Sliders: California Reich (1998) (TV Episode)
The film is advertised on a magazine.
Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai (2000)
The hand brushing against the face movement is also done in Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai.
The Simpsons: Faith Off (2000) (TV Episode)
title reference
Jung (2000)
Action scenes referenced.
At the Movies: Gone in Sixty Seconds/Groove/Sunshine/Love's Labour's Lost/Grass (2000) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the "Gone in Sixty Seconds" review.
Daria: Psycho Therapy (2000) (TV Episode)
Quinn thinks the therapist is refering to what happens in Face/Off when she says "I think we need to wear each other faces for a while"
Delusions of Grandeur: The End part 2 (2001) (TV Episode)
Alan and Evil Alan mimic Sean and Castor's final stand off
One 2 Ka 4 (2001)
Max Payne (2001) (Video Game)
Return to Castle Wolfenstein (2001) (Video Game)
Wilfred (2002) (Short)
Jet Set Radio Future (2002) (Video Game)
Lyrics in one song says "...be ready to face off like Cage and Eminem."
Naked Movie (2002)
poster seen
Gilmore Girls: Face-Off (2003) (TV Episode)
title reference
Hollywood and the Muslim World (2003) (TV Movie)
Aan: Men at Work (2004)
the scene at the airport where the cops are chasing the villain's plane, is lifted from the 1997 film
Waiting Alone (2004)
running joke
National Treasure (2004)
Nicolas Cage jumps off a high platform into a body of water.
The Burly Man Chronicles (2004) (Video)
mentioned once in extended version
The Last Supper (2005)
man's face is removed and placed on another man's face
Nalini by Day, Nancy by Night (2005) (Short)
One job-seeker mentions having seen the movie twice, and is asked to describe it.
Nip/Tuck: Hannah Tedesco (2005) (TV Episode)
a person's face is removed and replaces another person's face
Ban the Sadist Videos! Part 2 (2006) (Video)
Video case is shown.
Horizon: The World's First Face Transplant (2006) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by name
The Holiday (2006)
DVD is shown in a video store.
CollegeHumor Originals: Facebook - Off (2007) (TV Episode)
The online version of taking the identity of your enemy
Stranglehold (2007) (Video Game)
Tequila wields two golden hand guns at some point, same as Castor Troy in Face/Off, also directed by John Woo.
Be Kind Rewind (2008)
Video case is shown.
JCVD (2008)
mentioned when talking about John Woo
A.R.O.G (2008)
Reference to a "Face Off" machine
Heroic Bloodshed (2009) (Short)
Specific camera shots and stunts are reproduced in tribute to this John Woo film
Reaper: Business Casualty (2009) (TV Episode)
Sock tells Maggie that he's a surgeon and has to go perform a face/off. She responds with "A face-off? Like the movie."
Cleanflix (2009)
DVD cover
The Jay Leno Show: Episode #1.56 (2009) (TV Episode)
Jay asks John Travolta to imitate Nicolas Cage from working with him on the film
Saturday Night Live: Charles Barkley/Alicia Keys (2010) (TV Episode)
Plot referenced by 'Nicolas Cage' on Weekend Update
Aaron Stone: Face-Off (2010) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Jeopardy!: Episode #26.159 (2010) (TV Episode)
John Travolta movie titles are used as first-round category titles
The Cinema Snob: Las Vegas Bloodbath (2010) (TV Episode)
"then Caster Troy shows up and kills them."
Nostalgia Critic: Top 11 Coolest Cliches (2010) (TV Episode)
" I think I first started to realize how good they look when Nicolas Cage stepped out in "Face Off." All I can say to myself was, "I want that fucking coat and a giant fan to follow me around all the time.""
The Virginity Hit (2010)
mentioned in dialogue
Family Guy: Trading Places (2011) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Peter
The Event: Face Off (2011) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Ugly Americans: Wail Street (2011) (TV Episode)
Leonard wants to exchange faces with Mark, mentioning Travolta and Cage as examples.
Killer Joe (2011)
Joe threatens to cut off Sharla's face and wear it over his own. Gina Gershon (Sharla) performed in Face/Off (1997), the plot of which features the replacement of one character's face for another.
Conan: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo on Her Face Who Was Unemployable (2011) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned by Conan and Simon Helberg during his interview
Perverse Conclave (2011) (Short)
VHS cover seen in background
Misfits: Episode #3.5 (2011) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Rudy
Saturday Night Live: Jimmy Fallon/Michael Bublé (2011) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Nicolas Cage (Andy Samberg) on Weekend Update
Taxaquizzen: Episode #2.2 (2012) (TV Episode)
Sigurd mention the movie
30 Rock: The Shower Principle (2012) (TV Episode)
Liz says that she was in the shower when she finally realized what the film's title meant
The Big C: Face Off (2012) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Saturday Night Live: Will Ferrell/Usher (2012) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Nicolas Cage (Andy Samberg) in "Get In the Cage."
Brickleberry: Race Off (2012) (TV Episode)
title reference/plot
Cup of Joe: The Party (2012) (TV Episode)
In this episode of Cup of Joe, they mention Face/Off by name
Revolution: Nobody's Fault But Mine (2012) (TV Episode)
Sgt. Will Strausser paraphrases the classic Face-Off line "I could eat a peach for hours."
Continue?: Continue? Holiday Special 2012 (2012) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue.
Shameful Sequels: Jurassic Park III (2013) (TV Episode)
"and Billy, played by that guy from Face/Off."
Psych: Nip and Suck It (2013) (TV Episode)
Shawn says, "Gus does the African-American version of 'Face/Off' with himself."
American Horror Story: Bitchcraft (2013) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Master of Disguise (2013) (Short)
Gates runs his hand down Lana's face in the same way as John Travolta's character in "Face/Off" (another film involving mistaken identity)
Anime Abandon: Apocalypse Zero (2013) (TV Episode)
"John Woo's first draft of Face/Off was really weird."
Community: Introduction to Teaching (2014) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Abed in a discussion of Nicolas Cage movies
Nostalgia Critic: The Wicker Man (2014) (TV Episode)
Snob and Spoony talk about this film.
MovieBerto: Cara a cara (2014) (TV Episode)
Discussed film of the episode
Chris Stuckmann Movie Reviews: Complete Blu-Ray Collection (2014) (TV Episode)
Chris mentions it. Also, DVD is shown.
The Middle: Major Anxiety (2014) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Axl
Spy (2015)
Title is referenced in dialogue.
Nostalgia Critic: The Dark Age of Movies (2015) (TV Episode)
mentioned among "decent" summer flicks
Honest Game Trailers: Twisted Metal (2015) (TV Episode)
"They took his face...off"
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Seth MacFarlane/Amber Heard/Leon Bridges (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Jimmy in the Mets Bucket Hat Guy sketch
Gruen XL: Uber (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Wil Anderson when the Spin Cycle segment looks at how similar Coles and Woolworths have become in their marketing.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Ridiculous Movie Plots (2015) (TV Episode)
The plot for Face/Off is #9.
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Eva Longoria/Jason Mantzoukas/Sunil Yapa/Glenn Kotche (2016) (TV Episode)
Jason Mantzoukas mentions being a fan of the movie
Donald Cried (2016)
When Peter is picking up his Grandma, Donald tells him how the situation is like a John Travolta movie.
The Middle: The Wisdom Teeth (2016) (TV Episode)
Rusty says he wishes he could switch faces like 'in that movie.'
Tosh.0: Tiamat the Dragon (2016) (TV Episode)
Referenced by Tosh
Black Mirror: Playtest (2016) (TV Episode)
DVD seen in Sonja's apartment.
Superstore: Black Friday (2016) (TV Episode)
Garrett mentions "that one where Nicolas Cage switches faces and says he's gonna eat a peach for hours."
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: The Gang Turns Black (2017) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in a song about body-switching films, though Dennis points out that it is actually a face-switching movie
The Bachelor: Episode #21.4 (2017) (TV Episode)
One of the girls is afraid of Nicolas Cage and mentions "Face/Off"
Saturday Night Live: Jimmy Fallon/Harry Styles (2017) (TV Episode)
Title referenced in Celebrity Family Fued: Time Travel Edition.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy Goes to Church! (2017) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Jacqueline.
Honest Trailers: Kong: Skull Island (2017) (TV Episode)
Title seen in screenshot
Honest Trailers: Showgirls (2018) (TV Episode)
Title is shown
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Safe House (2018) (TV Episode)
One of the Nicolas Cage movies in Jake's DVD collection
Superstore: New Initiative (2018) (TV Episode)
Mateo (in his straight voice, referring to Amy): "I hate to see her go, but I love looking at her butt."
Arrow: Training Day (2019) (TV Episode)
Rene says that is some "Face/Off" level weirdness.
Late Night with Seth Meyers: Sam Rockwell/Jodie Comer/Kiana Lede (2019) (TV Episode)
Poster shown in the segment A Closer Look

Featured in 

INXS: Don't Lose Your Head (1997) (Video)
There are two edits of this video -one with and one without scenes from the movie Face/Off.
The Light and the Dark: The Making of 'Face/Off' (2007) (Video)
many clips shown
John Woo: A Life in Pictures (2007) (Video)
Clips, Making of material
Istories apo tin apenanti ohthi: Daneikos efialtis (2007) (TV Episode)
Playing on TV
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: 2012/The Messenger/Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009) (TV Episode)
John Woo's #3 Favorite Film
Bad Movie Beatdown: Mission Impossible II (2010) (TV Episode)
another action film from John Woo
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.31 (2010) (TV Episode)
a clip is shown in a montage of Nicolas Cage films
Nostalgia Critic: Little Monsters (2010) (TV Episode)
clip of John Travolta
Conan: A Finger Un-Pulled (2011) (TV Episode)
Conan explains that Nicolas Cage films will now replace the old color-coded terror threat assessment system, with Face/Off being Level 4
WatchMojo: Top 10 John Travolta Performances (2012) (TV Episode)
Sean Archer/Castor Troy is #4.
Nostalgia Critic: Face/Off (2014) (TV Episode)
movie is reviewed
WatchMojo: Top 10 Action Movies of the 1990s (2014) (TV Episode)
Face/Off is #9.
Top 40 Ultimate Action Movies (2014) (TV Movie)
Number 23 in the Countdown
WatchMojo: Top 10 Action Movie Villains (2014) (TV Episode)
Castor Troy is #3.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Mexican Standoffs in Movies (2014) (TV Episode)
Mirror Image is #5.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movie Fights on Boats (2014) (TV Episode)
Dual-Identity Boat Chase is #2.
Search Party (2014)
Jason watches this movie on TV.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Serious Undercover Movies (2014) (TV Episode)
Face/Off is #6.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Epic Movie Entrances (2015) (TV Episode)
The entrance of Castor Troy gets an honorable mention.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movie Prisons (2015) (TV Episode)
Erewhon Prison is #6.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movie Prison Fights (2015) (TV Episode)
I Am Castor Troy is #6.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Movie Title Name Drops (2015) (TV Episode)
Face/Off is #2.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Unusual Operating Room Movie Scenes (2015) (TV Episode)
Swapping Faces is #1.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Best Movie Disguises (2016) (TV Episode)
Two-Faced is #10.
Everything Wrong with...: Everything Wrong with Sucker Punch in 14 Minutes or Less (2016) (TV Episode)
Nicholas Cage's voice as Sean Archer can be heard near the end of the video.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Body Swaps in Movies (2016) (TV Episode)
The body swap in Face/Off is #5.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Pun-tastic Movie Titles (2016) (TV Episode)
Face/Off is #1.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Unbelievably Dumb Decisions in Sci-Fi Movies (2016) (TV Episode)
Not Guarding the Crazy Terrorist While He's in a Coma gets an honorable mention.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Most Poorly Acted Movie Deaths (2017) (TV Episode)
Ready for the Big Ride is #1.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Obvious Stunt Doubles in Movies (2017) (TV Episode)
Boat Explosion is #4.
WatchMojo: Another Top 10 Movie Shootouts (2017) (TV Episode)
Apartment Raid gets an honorable mention.
Scope (2017) (Video)
clip shown
Atop the Fourth Wall: Thunderbirds Are Go (2017) (TV Episode)
clip shown
Honest Trailers: Face/Off (2017) (TV Episode)
Used in trailer
Honest Trailers: Honest Trailers (Written by a Robot) (2018) (TV Episode)
Clip is shown
WatchMojo: Top 10 Dumbest Decisions in Action Movies (2018) (TV Episode)
Not Keeping a Comatose Terrorist Under Guard is #3.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Over the Top Action Movies (2018) (TV Episode)
Face/Off is #2.
1st Viewing: The Nutcracker in 3D (2018) (TV Episode)
A clip from the movie is used
Nostalgia Critic: Hop (2019) (TV Episode)
A clip from the movie is used


Broken Arrow (1996)

Spoofed in 

Half Baked (1998)
Drunken Rumble Story (1999) (Short)
Family Guy: The Father, the Son and the Holy Fonz (2005) (TV Episode)
Stewie and Brian get their faces switched when Peter mentions this movie
The Simpsons: Regarding Margie (2006) (TV Episode)
Homer's response when Marge says she doesn't recognize him.
Happy Tree Friends: Hear Today, Gone Tomorrow/Double Whammy/Autopsy Turvy (2006) (TV Episode)
In 'Autopsy Turvy', the good and bad Flippy have their backs to each other behind a table, they rise at the same time and fire their staplers at each other but both of them are empty
The Simpsons: The Bob Next Door (2010) (TV Episode)
when Sideshow Bob switches faces with another prisoner
Delocated: Mole (2010) (TV Episode)
Entire episode is an extended spoof of Face/Off
Cougar Town: Fooled Again: I Don't Like It (2010) (TV Episode)
The end titles scene with Ellie, Andy, Grayson and Travis is a spoof of the church-set "two-way Mexican stand-off that becomes a four-way Mexican stand-off before ending in a hail of bullets" scene.
Angie Tribeca: Air Force Two (2018) (TV Episode)
spoofs Face/Off

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