Face/Off

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Face/Off
Face Off Poster.jpg
Movie Poster
Country USA.jpg United States
Directed by John Woo
Release Date 1997
Language English
Studio Touchstone Pictures
Distributor Paramount Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Sean Archer / Castor Troy John Travolta
Castor Troy / Sean Archer Nicolas Cage
Dr. Eve Archer Joan Allen
Pollux Troy Alessandro Nivola
Sasha Hassler Gina Gershon
Jamie Archer Dominique Swain
Dietrich Hassler Nick Cassavetes



Face/Off is a 1997 action thriller directed by John Woo that stars John Travolta as an FBI agent who undergoes an experimental procedure to transplant the face of his arch nemesis (Nicolas Cage) onto his own body in order to go undercover to find a bomb planted somewhere in the city of Los Angeles.


The following weapons were used in the film Face/Off:

Contents


Pistols

Custom Springfield M1911-A1

The weapons of choice for Castor Troy (Nicolas Cage) are two gold titanium nitride-plated Springfield Armory M1911-A1 V-12s fitted with custom gold inlaid grips, that he keeps in two small-of-the-back holsters. Among the obvious modifications to the guns include skeletonized hammers, ball stirrup cuts on the slide, beavertail grip safeties, ambidextrous thumb safeties, Heinie target sights, moderately beveled magazine wells, and V-12 ported slides/barrels. He uses them both during the first major gunfight of the movie, putting a hole in the windshield of the helicopter Sean Archer (John Travolta) is in and later gunning down several agents in the airport hangar. The pistols are then lost when Troy is knocked unconscious, and are presumed confiscated by the FBI. Later in the movie, when Archer has assumed Troy's identity and face, he is given an identical pair of these weapons by Dietrich (Nick Cassavetes). He then uses one for the proceeding gunfight as the police raid the building, losing it during a face off with Troy as Archer. These pistols tell you how much Castor Troy enjoys his job!

Airsoft Replica of Troy's custom Springfield Armory M1911-A1s.
Troy's custom pistols in his small-of-the-back holsters. Both pistols are expertly put in "Condition One", sometimes referred to as being "cocked, locked, and ready to rock", meaning that the weapons are chambered, cocked, and put on safety. All that needs to be done once the gun is drawn is to click the safety off and it is ready to fire.
Troy fires one of his Springfield Armory M1911-A1 pistols at the police helicopter.
Troy reloads his M1911-A1s while hiding in the airport hangar. Reloading is a rare sight in a John Woo film, but used sparingly to make it all the more awesome.
Troy fires his M1911-A1s while battling agents in the airport hangar. Note the muzzle flash emitted due to the V-12 ported slides/barrels.
Deitrich gives Archer/Troy the M1911-A1s, along with your typical assortment of illegal contraband. And Chiclets. Note that these are most likely not the same pistols Troy used earlier in the film, as that pair was undoubtedly seized by the FBI and placed in evidence.
Archer/Troy holds the M1911-A1s on Troy's friends, before passing it off as a joke.
Archer/Troy holds one on the M1911-A1s on Agent Buzz (James Denton) after running into him during the apartment raid. He throws him down and fires a shot next to him, convincing Deitrich he killed him.
Archer/Troy holding one of the M1911-A1s while talking to Troy/Archer on the other side of the mirror.

SIG-Sauer P226

Sean Archer (John Travolta) uses a SIG-Sauer P226 with a nickel slide as his sidearm in the film, which has been fitted with a set of Hogue rubber grips. When he and Castor Troy (Nicolas Cage) switch faces and identities, Troy/Archer begins using the weapon, killing Dietrich (Nick Cassavetes) and another FBI agent with it before he loses it during the funeral home's "Mexican Standoff".

SIG-Sauer P226 two-tone with nickel hammer - 9mm. This gun was built specially by MoviePropMaster2008 with the nickel hammer to replicate the gun used in this film. Much thanks goes to him for this.
Sean Archer's SIG-Sauer P226 sitting on his desk before he holsters it and heads for the airport. In this shot, we can see that his P226 is fitted with Hogue combat grips.
Archer searches for Troy in the airport hangar.
Troy/Archer aims the SIG-Sauer P226 (with a bad low grip) at Dietrich in his apartment building.
Troy/Archer talks to Archer/Troy on the other side of the mirror while holding the SIG-Sauer P226.
Troy/Archer mourns the death of his brother, while unsafely resting the muzzle of his SIG-Sauer P226 on his head with his finger on the trigger. Ironically, this is a good way to take your Face/Off. Get it? (Actually, Troy/Archer was about to kill himself, but was interrupted by Agent Loomis.)
Close up on the SIG-Sauer P226 as Troy/Archer fires it during the shootout in the funeral home.
A real (not blank adapted) SIG-Sauer P226 fires on a high-speed camera to capture the bullet in flight.

Beretta 92FS

Prison guards on the oil drill platform keep Beretta 92FS pistols as their sidearm. When Sean Archer/Castor Troy (Nicolas Cage) escapes from the electroshock room, he takes a guards Beretta and uses it to fire on the guards, carefully placing his shots as not to kill them. During the final firefight Archer/Troy uses a pair of Berettas, wielding them akimbo as per the standard norm of John Woo films. Jamie (Dominique Swain) picks one of these up as Archer/Troy and Troy/Archer (John Travolta) struggle in the church's courtyard, only to be misled into shooting her father in the arm. Troy/Archer then picks the Beretta up and holds it on Jamie before she digs a kris-bladed butterfly knife into his leg, which he ironically gave her as a gift to protect herself.

Beretta 92FS - 9mm.
A Beretta 92FS in the holster of a prison guard.
Archer/Troy places his Beretta 92FS on the table in the funeral home.
Archer/Troy aims his Beretta 92FS during the "Mexican Standoff" in the funeral home, another trademark of John Woo (along with the doves flying all over the place).
During the shootout in the funeral home, many of the guns are shown in close ups, except they are at different locations than the scene takes place. This is because they are real guns (not blank adapted guns) firing real bullets in front of a high speed camera, to capture the bullet in flight.
Archer/Troy fires a pair of Berettas at Troy/Archer.
One of Archer/Troy's Berettas laying on the grass before being picked up by Jamie.
Jamie (Dominique Swain) aims the Beretta at Archer/Troy and Troy/Archer, unsure of who's who. She demonstrates exceptionally poor gun handling, having a low grip with the thumbs layered on top of each other and both index fingers on the trigger.
Troy/Archer holds the Beretta on Jamie (Dominique Swain) after she makes the wrong choice and shoots her father in the arm.

Beretta 92FS Inox

A Beretta 92FS Inox is wielded by one of the police officers during the shootout at the airport. Castor Troy/Sean Archer (John Travolta) tries to draw one, which he previously stole from an FBI agent, to use on Sean Archer/Castor Troy (Nicolas Cage) while on the speed boat, but Archer/Troy kicks it away before he can use it.

Beretta 92FS Inox - 9mm.
A motorcycle cop wields a Beretta 92FS Inox.
Troy/Archer tries to draw a Beretta 92FS Inox. Sorry for the quality of the shots, the film gives nothing better than what you see here.

Glock 17

A Glock 17 is used by one of the thugs during the raid on the apartment building and is later used by one of the thugs in the funeral home shootout.

Glock 17 2nd Generation - 9mm.
A thug uses a Glock 17 in the loft shootout.
Lars (Dana Smith) aims his Glock 17 during the "Mexican Standoff" in the funeral home.
Lars' Glock 17 locks empty before he is killed.

Springfield Armory M1911A1

FBI Agents during the raid on the apartment building use custom Springfield Armory M1911A1 pistols fitted with Surefire 310R tactical lights.

Springfield Armory M1911A1 Mil-spec - .45 ACP.
Buzz (James Denton) aims his M1911A1 at Sasha and her son Adam.
Adam touches the Surefire 310R light on the M1911A1 before Sasha disarms Buzz.

Ruger KP89

A Ruger P89 is listed as the weapon carried by one of Castor Troy's (Nicolas Cage) victims, and a stainless Ruger KP89 is wielded by his thug, Leo (Tommy Flanagan) during the funeral home shootout.

Ruger KP89 - 9mm.
A Ruger P89 is listed on a police file record. If you look closely it says P85 not P89. The guns looked the same but the P89 was an upgraded model. -JD
Leo (Tommy Flanagan) holds a Ruger KP89 on Eve Archer (Joan Allen) in the funeral home.
Leo aims his Ruger KP89 during the "Mexican Standoff".
Leo falls dead while holding his empty Ruger KP89.

SIG-Sauer P228

Agents during the shootout in the airport hangar are seen using SIG-Sauer P228 pistols as their sidearms.

SIG-Sauer P228 - 9mm.
Agent Loomis gets his ear blown off while armed with a SIG-Sauer P228.
Agent Berkeley about to get shot armed with a SIG-Sauer P228.
Left: Agent Wanda (Margaret Cho) armed with a SIG-Sauer P228. Center: Agent Tito Biondi (Robert Wisdom) arrests Pollux Troy (Alessandro Nivola) while armed with a SIG-Sauer P228. Right: Agent Buzz (James Denton) aims his SIG-Sauer P228.

Smith & Wesson Model 686 Snub

Sean Archer (John Travolta) draws his backup pistol, a snub nosed Smith & Wesson Model 686 and fires it along with his SIG-Sauer P226 during the shootout in the airport hangar.

Smith & Wesson Model 686 with 2" barrel - .357 Magnum.
Archer fires his Smith & Wesson Model 686 snub.

Smith & Wesson 3913

During the final shootout in the church, Castor Troy's girlfriend Sasha Hassler (Gina Gershon) is armed with a Smith & Wesson 3913. She likely took it from one of Dietrich's (Nick Cassavetes) friends, who was killed while using it during the raid on his apartment.

Smith & Wesson 3913 (not Lady Smith) - 9mm.
Aldo (Kirk Baltz), one of Dietrich's friends defends the apartment armed with a Smith & Wesson 3913.
Aldo is gunned down by a SWAT member, who in reality is firing away from him to avoid blank injury.
Sasha aims the Smith & Wesson 3913 during the "Mexican Standoff" in the church.
A better side shot of the Smith & Wesson 3913.
Close up of a real (not blank adapted) Smith & Wesson 3913 firing on a high speed camera to capture the bullet in mid-flight.

Smith & Wesson Model 36

When Eve Archer (Joan Allen) goes to the hospital to test blood samples from Sean Archer/Castor Troy (Nicolas Cage) and Castor Troy/Sean Archer (John Travolta) to see if they are actually swapped, Archer/Troy confronts her. She then pulls a nickel plated Smith & Wesson Model 36 with a spurred hammer, which she claims she took from her "fake husband".

Smith & Wesson Model 36 nickel w/ spurred hammer - .38spl.
Eve aims the Smith & Wesson Model 36 at Archer/Troy.
Note the spurred hammer, which appears to be custom shaved.

SIG-Sauer P230

On Castor Troy's (Nicolas Cage) private plane, undercover FBI Agent Winters (Lauren Sinclair) draws a SIG-Sauer P230 and holds it on Castor before Pollux Troy (Alessandro Nivola) disarms her of it.

SIG Sauer P230
Agent Winters aims her SIG P230 at Troy. Not the lack of a slide-mounted safety/decocker switch, showing it is not, in fact, a Walther PPK as previously thought.

Walther PPK

During the FBI raid on Dietrich's (Nick Cassavetes) apartment, one of Dietrich's thugs uses a nickel-plated Walther PPK to try and defend against the swarm of Law Enforcement officers.

Stainless Walther PPK - .380 ACP
One of Dietrich's friends armed with a Walther PPK.

Submachine Guns

Armscor BXP

During the final firefight in the funeral home one of Castor Troy/Sean Archer's (John Travolta) thugs, Leo (Tommy Flanagan) wields a South African Armscor BXP before being killed. Troy/Archer picks it up and fires it as he flees from Sean Archer/Castor Troy (Nicolas Cage) who is firing at him.

Armscorp BXP - 9mm.
Leo (Tommy Flanagan) wields a Ruger P89 and Armscor BXP in the funeral home.
The Armscor BXP laying on the ground.
Troy/Archer fires the BXP in the church courtyard.
Troy/Archer and Archer/Troy fight with a rubber BXP.

Colt Model RO635 Submachine Gun

During the shootout in Dietrich's (Nick Cassavetes) apartment, some of the FBI Agents can be seen with Colt Model R0635 submachine guns with C-More sights. Sasha Hassler (Gina Gershon) uses one during the shootout as well.

Colt Model RO635 - 9mm
An FBI Agent armed with a Colt Model RO635 in the airport hangar.
Sasha firing a captured Colt Model RO635.
Sasha with the Colt Model RO635.

Heckler & Koch MP5A2

Heckler & Koch MP5A2s are used by the FBI Agents that raid Dietrich's (Nick Cassavetes) apartment. At one point, Dietrich himself uses one, captured from an FBI member.

Heckler & Koch MP5A2 with SEF trigger group - 9mm.
Heckler & Koch MP5A2 with Navy trigger group - 9mm.
Agent Tito Biondi (Robert Wisdom) aiming a Heckler & Koch MP5A2 outside the airport hangar.
FBI Agents fire their Heckler & Koch MP5A2s, A3s, and SD3s at the apartment building. It's highly unlikely FBI Agents would ever fire first on suspects without any visible threat, and the film depicts them as more of trigger happy assassins than police.
An FBI Agent fires his MP5A2.
An FBI Agent fires his MP5A2.
Dietrich holds an FBI Agent as a human shield while firing his MP5A2.

Heckler & Koch MP5A3

Heckler & Koch MP5A3s are used by the FBI Agents that raid Dietrich's (Nick Cassavetes) apartment. At one point, Sasha (Gina Gershon) takes one dropped by a dead Agent and uses it for some of the fight.

Heckler & Koch MP5A3 with SEF trigger group - 9x19mm.
Heckler & Koch MP5A3 with Navy trigger group - 9x19mm.
An FBI Agent aims a Heckler & Koch MP5A3 with a Navy trigger group.
Sasha picks up an MP5A3 dropped by an FBI Agent.
Sasha fires the MP5A3 from the hip.
An FBI Agent with an MP5A3.

Heckler & Koch MP5SD3

Heckler & Koch MP5SD3s are used by the FBI Agents that raid Dietrich's (Nick Cassavetes) apartment.

Heckler & Koch MP5SD3 - 9mm.
Close up on the muzzle of a Heckler & Koch MP5SD3 firing. Note the large muzzle flash, which implies the suppressor is fake (as all film prop gun suppressors are), as a real suppressor would dampen the muzzle flash significantly.
An FBI Agent shows off his advanced combat training skills by firing his MP5SD3 from the hip. Again, note large muzzle flash.

Heckler & Koch MP5K

Castor Troy/Sean Archer (John Travolta) steals a Heckler & Koch MP5K from an FBI Agent and uses it to shoot at Sean Archer/Castor Troy (Nicolas Cage) as he pursues him in a speed boat.

Heckler & Koch MP5K with SEF trigger group - 9mm.
Troy/Archer guns down a boat owner with a stolen Heckler & Koch MP5K.
Troy/Archer firing the Heckler & Koch MP5K at Archer/Troy.
A good side shot of the MP5K.
Troy/Archer single-handedly (no pun intended) guns down the police patrolling the river.
Troy/Archer disables Archer/Troy's boat.

Skorpion SA Vz 61

A Sa. Vz.61 Skorpion is used Castor Troy's brother Pollux Troy (Alessandro Nivola) during the shootout in the airport hangar.

Skorpion SA Vz 61 - .32 ACP.
Pollux fires his Skorpion SA Vz 61 at police.

Stechkin APS

A Stechkin APS machine pistol is used briefly by one of Dietrich's (Nick Cassavetes) friends to fire on police raiding the apartment building. While in the courtyard of the funeral home, Castor Troy/Sean Archer (John Travolta) uses one briefly before having it knocked from his hand. At the conclusion of the fight, Sean Archer/Castor Troy (Nicolas Cage) picks the gun up and fires a long burst at Troy/Archer after he unsuccessfully tries to kill his daughter. (N.B. Earlier in the scene, Troy/Archer dives across the church to grab his henchman's fallen Armscor BXP, which makes no sense if he had the Stechkin in his jacket pocket).

Stechkin APS 9x18mm Makarov
One of Dietrich's friends dives through the air firing a Stechkin APS.
Troy/Archer firing the Stechkin APS. Presumably he took this from the thug in Dietrich's apartment after he raided the place with the police.
The Stechkin APS lying in the grass.
Archer/Troy picks up the Stechkin APS and holds it on Troy/Archer.
Archer/Troy aiming the Stechkin APS.

IMI Mini Uzi

During the shootout in the apartment building, Sean Archer/Castor Troy (Nicolas Cage) picks up an IMI Mini Uzi and fires it at Castor Troy/Sean Archer (John Travolta) as he runs around the room.

IMI Mini Uzi - 9mm.
Archer/Troy picks up an IMI Mini Uzi.
Archer/Troy spots Troy/Archer running around the room.
Archer/Troy opens fire.

Rifles

AKMS

One of the thugs during the apartment raid briefly uses an AKMS before being killed. It appears to be custom fitted with a side-folding stock usually fitted to a paratrooper model SA Vz.58 assault rifle.

AKMS - 7.62x39mm.
SA Vz 58 - 7.62x39mm.
A thug is gunned down while armed with a custom AKMS.

Colt Sporter II Carbine (mocked up as XM177)

Police patrolling the river fire Colt Sporter II carbines mocked up as XM177 Commando rifles by adding a mock muzzle break to them. Since the lowers have a full-auto selector switch (which the semi-auto Sporter II lower lacks), it is assumed that the guns are either converted semi auto lowers or fitted with GAU/A5 or M16A1 style lowers. Agent Loomis (Matt Ross) also uses one fitted with an M203 grenade launcher during the shootout at Dietrich's apartment.

XM177E2 aka Colt Model 629 - 5.56x45mm.
Agent Loomis with his XM177E2 in Dietrich's apartment. Note A2-style upper receiver.
The police patrolling the river order Troy/Archer to stop his speed boat.
The police fire their XM177E2 rifles at Troy/Archer. Note how the selector switch is on full-auto.
A police officer fires his XM177E2.

Colt Sporter II Carbine

The FBI Agents in the film sometimes carry Colt Sporter II Carbine rifles, noted by their collapsing stocks, A1-style upper receivers, forward assists, and 16" barrels. They do not feature the large XM177 muzzle breaks.

Colt Sporter II Carbine - 5.56x45mm
An FBI Agent in the background armed with a Colt Sporter II Carbine.
An FBI Agent with a Colt Sporter II Carbine. Note A1-style upper receiver.
An FBI Agent in the background with a Colt Sporter II Carbine.

Remington 700

Castor Troy (Nicolas Cage) uses a Remington 700 sniper rifle fitted with a suppressor, Harris bipod, and heavy stock and barrel to try and assassinate Sean Archer (John Travolta) while he rides the merry-go-round with his son Michael (Myles Jeffrey). The bullet passes through Sean's chest and fatally wounds Michael, leading to Archer's relentless pursuit of Troy in the film's story.

Remington 700PSS with Leupold Mark 4 scope and Harris bipod - .300 Win Mag.
Troy aims down his Remington 700.
Troy squeezes the trigger on the Remington 700.
Troy looks on at Archer as he grieves his son's death. Ever heard of a follow-up shot? Then again, it'd be a five minute movie ... Well that and I think what little shred of humanity Troy had was struck by the fact that he just shot a kid.

Ruger AC556

The prison guards on the oil drill platform are armed with Ruger AC556 assault rifles, as noted by their flash suppressors and bayonet lugs. During the prison break scene, Ivan Dubov (Chris Bauer), the inmate that helps Archer/Troy (Nicolas Cage) escape from the electro-shock chamber, picks up an AC556 rifle from one of the dead guards and kills several guards before Archer/Troy stops him.

Ruger AC556 (the full auto version of the Mini-14) - 5.56mm.
Prison guards fire their Ruger AC556 rifles. Note the impressive star-pattern muzzle flashes.
A prison guard fires his Ruger AC556
Ivan fires a captured Ruger AC556.
Ivan fires on a prison guard
Close up of the receiver and barrel of a Ruger AC556 rifle as Archer/Troy tries to save Ivan from falling to his death. Given how Ivan had just been blasting away on full auto, it's unlikely Archer/Troy could grip the barrel with a bare hand like that without getting severely burnt.

Shotguns

Benelli M2 Super 90

During the shootout in the airport hangar, Castor Troy (Nicolas Cage) takes a Benelli M2 Super 90 Tactical shotgun fitted with a Surefire 628 weapon-light from an FBI Agent and uses it to kill several before discarding it.

Benelli M2 Super 90 Tactical - 12 Gauge.
Troy launches an FBI Agent into the air with a stolen Benelli M2 Super 90 shotgun. Aside from this being impossible in real life, you can see the wires used to make the stunt.
Troy fires the Benelli M2 at Archer.
Troy discards the empty Benelli M2.

Ithaca 37 "Stakeout"

Dietrich Hassler (Nick Cassavetes) uses an Ithaca 37 "Stakeout" shotgun with an aftermarket Choate synthetic stock to defend against the FBI Agents raiding his apartment building.
Ithaca 37 "Stakeout"
Dietrich (Nick Cassavetes) is tossed his Ithaca 37 shotgun. Note 14" barrel and partially skeletonized aftermarket Choate stock.
Dietrich (Nick Cassavetes) firing his Ithaca 37 at the FBI Agents.
"Damn, my place is gettin' f****d up!"

Other

M60 Machine Gun

During the oil platform prison escape, a helicopter with a door-mounted M60 machine gun chases down Sean Archer/Castor Troy (Nicolas Cage) just before he jumps off the platform.

M60 machine gun - 7.62x51mm NATO.
The door gunner fires an M60 machine gun at Archer/Troy.
A side shot of the M60 as Archer/Troy dives from the platform.

M203 Grenade Launcher

During the apartment raid, FBI Special Agent Loomis (Matt Ross) uses a Colt Sporter II Carbine (mocked up as an XM177) fitted with an underslung M203 grenade launcher. He fires it at Sean Archer/Castor Troy (Nicolas Cage) and somehow manages to fire off two shots from a single tube without reloading.

M203 grenade launcher - 40mm.
Special Agent Loomis (Matt Ross) fires a shot from his M203 grenade launcher at Archer/Troy. Note A2-style upper receiver.
Loomis fires off a second shot from his M203 without reloading. Note the CAR-15 flash hider.
While armed with his XM177E2/M203, Loomis asks Troy/Archer (John Travolta) why he is so sad about Pollux Troy's (Alessandro Nivola) death. Unaware Archer is in fact Troy, he gets a bullet between the eyes.

Unknown Smoke Grenade Launcher

The FBI fire a smoke grenade (unknown) from an unknown launcher into Dietrich's (Nick Cassavetes) apartment before the raid.

An unknown smoke grenade about to be fired from an unknown launcher.


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