FACE/OFF
1997, Paramount, 138 min, USA, Dir: John Woo

A wild, dizzying thrill ride of a pulp epic that is probably the closest in spirit to Woo’s earlier Hong Kong thrillers. Federal agent John Travolta and psychotic master criminal Nicolas Cage exchange identities when a bizarre undercover operation to coax information out of Cage’s brother goes horribly wrong. Cat-and-mouse pyrotechnics mushroom as the beleaguered undercover man feverishly tries to recapture his nemesis - and his face. With Joan Allen and Gina Gershon. “A cinema of violent delirium so breathtaking it plays like visual poetry.” - Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times.


NIXON
1995, Buena Vista Pictures, 192 min, USA, Dir: Oliver Stone

This ambitious biopic of our 37th president earned four Oscar nominations, including nods for Anthony Hopkins’ performance in the title role and Joan Allen’s supporting work as wife Pat Nixon. A nuanced portrait of Richard Nixon from his days as a young boy to his downfall in the aftermath of the Watergate break-in, the film underlines how lonely and treacherous the halls of power can become. With James Woods, Ed Harris and Paul Sorvino.


MANHUNTER
1986, Canal +, 119 min, USA, Dir: Michael Mann

Based on Thomas Harris’ novel Red Dragon, Michael Mann’s frightening, forcefully directed thriller follows Will Graham (William Peterson), an FBI agent in early retirement after his traumatizing arrest of serial killer Dr. Hannibal Lecktor (Brian Cox). Meanwhile, the emergence of another serial killer, the "Tooth Fairy," with a penchant for killing entire families compels Graham to return and immerse himself in the job, including confronting the imprisoned Lecktor. MANHUNTER is the first and original thriller featuring Dr. Lecktor. With Tom Noonan, Joan Allen, and Dennis Farina.


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