Face/Off script
Face/Off (1997)
Synopsis: Obsessed with bringing terrorist Castor Troy (Nicolas Cage) to justice, FBI agent Sean Archer (John Travolta) tracks down Troy, who has boarded a plane in Los Angeles. After the plane crashes and Troy is severely injured, possibly dead, Archer undergoes surgery to remove his face and replace it with Troy's. As Archer tries to use his disguise to elicit information about a bomb from Troy's brother, Troy awakes from a coma and forces the doctor who performed the surgery to give him Archer's face.

A modern multi-use high-rise. A window-washing "DRONE"

works its way up a grid-track. As the RAIN increases, the

drone stops cleaning and retracts into a maintenance shaft.

INT. PLEXIGLASS ELEVATOR -- MOVING -- NIGHT

The elevator ascends quickly -- glimpsing floors dedicated

to Evidence, Parking Authority, Civil Code, Small Claims,

Identification etc. A manacled Barnes trembles.

GEOFFREY:

You're making a ghastly

mistake! I haven't been

to Fisherman's Wharf, I

don't even like fish.

Yeah, yeah, yeah -- like Hodges and Morris really care.

INT. BOOKING LEVEL -- NIGHT

A busy night processing hookers, homeless and alcoholics.

In the thick of it -- the BOOKING CLERK tries to lock Barnes's

hand onto a PRINT-SCANNER -- but he resists mightily.

GEOFFREY:

Check my papers -- I'm with

the English consulate -- I've

got diplomatic immunity -- and

you've - got - no - right!

Barnes pulls away, eyes flashing angrily ... until a HUGE

COP grabs his hand and gently eases it down on the scanner.

INT. HOLDING TANK -- NIGHT

Barnes's thrown into a cell with a nasty group of drunken

GANG-BANGERS. He smiles nervously, goes to the payphone.

One WIRY HOOD trips him. They laugh as Barnes struggles up,

then inserts a "smart" card in the payphone slot.

GEOFFREY:

Hello! Sorry I'm late, but

there's been a bit of a

muddle. I'm on the ninth floor

of the bloody Fillmore police

station. Could you come and

"bail me out" or whatever they

call it? There's a good chap.

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Mike Werb

Mike Werb is an American screenwriter, whose writing credits include Face/Off, The Mask and the story for Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. A Los Angeles native, Werb attended Stanford. He is a UCLA Film School graduate. more…

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