A rare British advance Double Crown poster for John Woo's 1997 face-swapping sci-fi action thriller Face/Off, starring John Travolta and Nicholas Cage as arch enemies who undergo experimental surgery to assume each other's faces and identities in a cat-and-mouse game between FBI agent and terrorist. With Travolta enjoying a post Pulp Fiction career resurgence and Cage fresh from big blockbuster action flicks The Rock and Con Air, the two stars were such hot property in 1997 that they were identified simply by their surnames on this striking and surprisingly stylish British advance poster, which featured by far the best poster design issued for this movie. Despite the absurd premise, the outrageous role-reversed performances - with Travolta playing Cage impersonating Travolta and vice versa - were critically acclaimed, along with director John Woo's spectacularly over the top action sequences. Although released in the UK on 7th November 1997, a cinema snipe along the bottom of this poster advertised a special advance preview on Thursday 6th November.
Very good (B)
Unfolded, conservation backed on linen. A 2in. distributor cinema snipe was affixed across the lower edge, with some lumpiness and glue residue. Light surface loss to a handful of edge creases and two minor edge tears, the largest ¼in. Some fingerprints to glossy black ground. Image and colours otherwise excellent.