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Mapping the LA Filming Locations of Nic Cage's Face/Off

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Today is Nic Cage Day across the Curbediverse, a day for celebrating The Legend and his legendary real estate hijinks. Why? Because Nic Cage.

The classic 1997 John Woo film Face/Off has action, suspense, thrills, a little bit of comedy, and an incomparable performance by Nicolas Cage as Castor Troy, a wonderful villain and the archenemy of John Travolta's Sean Archer. The film's title refers to some seriously ridiculous science that allows Cage's character to switch faces and bodies and voices with Travolta. Throughout the picture, recognizable Los Angeles spots including the Convention Center are mixed in with places that look familiar but might be harder to spot (the Cabrillo Beach Bath House), and the whole production is peppered with giant explosions, dramatic chase scenes, and that special brand of Nic Cage wackiness. Here we've mapped it all out for your Nic Cage Day enjoyment:

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1. Los Angeles Convention Center

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1201 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 741-1151
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Castor Troy is about to unleash the biblical plague that Hell-A deserves...by setting up a nerve gas timebomb in the LA Convention Center.

2. Southern California Logistics Airport

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Southern California Logistics Airport (VCV), 18374 Phantom Street
Victorville, CA 92394

Castor Troy almost gets away, but Sean Archer comes speeding down the runway of this Victorville airport in a Hummer and changes plans. After an oddly tense (but obviously futile) pursuit, Sean Archer commandeers a helicopter and effectively keeps Troy on the ground. After this, things really start to get weird in the film.

3. 326 Swarthmore

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326 North Swarthmore Avenue
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Sean Archer's staid home is this actual Pacific Palisades house. This is also where we meet Archer's remaining family--his wife and rebellious teen daughter--and see that even before he surgically swaps faces with his mortal enemy, his life ain't all that smooth.

4. Henman House

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33583 Mulholland Highway
Malibu, CA 90265

Architect Ed Niles' Henman House plays the role of the Walsh Institute, where Sean Archer becomes Castor Troy in the hopes of finding out how to stop that bomb in the Convention Center from going off. Later, it's where grotesque, faceless Castor Troy takes Sean Archer's face and completes the Freaky-Friday-gone-awry switcheroo.

5. Eagle Rock Substation

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7888 N. Figueroa
Los Angeles, CA 90041

Fake Castor Troy has to convince Castor Troy's brother that he is really a psychopath, so he heads to the horrible Erewhon Prison to get some intel. The prison is also where the newly-face-switched duo meets for the first time. ("It's like looking in a mirror but...not.") Amazing Travolta-doing-Cage impressions occur. Note that the substation plays the role of the prison's interior. A random oil rig off the coast of Carpinteria stands in for the outside of the prison.

6. Pacific Electric Lofts

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610 S Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90014

Fake Castor Troy gets a taste of the wild life at this glamorous underworld loft, played by the Pacific Electric Building in DTLA—now lofts.

7. Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park

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1011 Baldwin Park Blvd
Baldwin Park, CA 91706
(888) 750-0036
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Meanwhile, Fake Sean Archer's wife is finally catching on that the man that looks like her husband might not actually be her husband. She sneaks a quick blood sample and rushes here, to her place of work, to analyze it and cast doubt Fake Sean Archer.

8. Cabrillo Beach Bath House

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3720 Stephen M White Drive
San Pedro, CA 90731

Not actually a church, the Cabrillo Beach Bath House plays the role of one when Sean Archer's best friend Tito dies and a funeral is in order. A shootout ensures, and spills over into the water for a dramatic boat chase.

9. Vincent Thomas Bridge

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Route 47
Los Angeles, CA 90731

The section of the LA Harbor in San Pedro under and near the Vincent Thomas Bridge was where the boat's fantastic boat chase takes place. Fake Castor Troy's boat catches on fire, smashes through a police boat, and still somehow remains sea-worthy for a while. Also, when his speedboat crashes through the cops' ship, the explosion is accompanied by the sound of cartoonish fireworks. Fun fact: Face/Off was nominated for an Oscar for Best Effects and Sound Effects Editing.

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1. Los Angeles Convention Center

1201 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Castor Troy is about to unleash the biblical plague that Hell-A deserves...by setting up a nerve gas timebomb in the LA Convention Center.

1201 S Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90015

2. Southern California Logistics Airport

Southern California Logistics Airport (VCV), 18374 Phantom Street, Victorville, CA 92394

Castor Troy almost gets away, but Sean Archer comes speeding down the runway of this Victorville airport in a Hummer and changes plans. After an oddly tense (but obviously futile) pursuit, Sean Archer commandeers a helicopter and effectively keeps Troy on the ground. After this, things really start to get weird in the film.

Southern California Logistics Airport (VCV), 18374 Phantom Street
Victorville, CA 92394

3. 326 Swarthmore

326 North Swarthmore Avenue, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Sean Archer's staid home is this actual Pacific Palisades house. This is also where we meet Archer's remaining family--his wife and rebellious teen daughter--and see that even before he surgically swaps faces with his mortal enemy, his life ain't all that smooth.

326 North Swarthmore Avenue
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

4. Henman House

33583 Mulholland Highway, Malibu, CA 90265

Architect Ed Niles' Henman House plays the role of the Walsh Institute, where Sean Archer becomes Castor Troy in the hopes of finding out how to stop that bomb in the Convention Center from going off. Later, it's where grotesque, faceless Castor Troy takes Sean Archer's face and completes the Freaky-Friday-gone-awry switcheroo.

33583 Mulholland Highway
Malibu, CA 90265

5. Eagle Rock Substation

7888 N. Figueroa, Los Angeles, CA 90041

Fake Castor Troy has to convince Castor Troy's brother that he is really a psychopath, so he heads to the horrible Erewhon Prison to get some intel. The prison is also where the newly-face-switched duo meets for the first time. ("It's like looking in a mirror but...not.") Amazing Travolta-doing-Cage impressions occur. Note that the substation plays the role of the prison's interior. A random oil rig off the coast of Carpinteria stands in for the outside of the prison.

7888 N. Figueroa
Los Angeles, CA 90041

6. Pacific Electric Lofts

610 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

Fake Castor Troy gets a taste of the wild life at this glamorous underworld loft, played by the Pacific Electric Building in DTLA—now lofts.

610 S Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90014

7. Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park

1011 Baldwin Park Blvd, Baldwin Park, CA 91706

Meanwhile, Fake Sean Archer's wife is finally catching on that the man that looks like her husband might not actually be her husband. She sneaks a quick blood sample and rushes here, to her place of work, to analyze it and cast doubt Fake Sean Archer.

1011 Baldwin Park Blvd
Baldwin Park, CA 91706

8. Cabrillo Beach Bath House

3720 Stephen M White Drive, San Pedro, CA 90731

Not actually a church, the Cabrillo Beach Bath House plays the role of one when Sean Archer's best friend Tito dies and a funeral is in order. A shootout ensures, and spills over into the water for a dramatic boat chase.

3720 Stephen M White Drive
San Pedro, CA 90731

9. Vincent Thomas Bridge

Route 47, Los Angeles, CA 90731

The section of the LA Harbor in San Pedro under and near the Vincent Thomas Bridge was where the boat's fantastic boat chase takes place. Fake Castor Troy's boat catches on fire, smashes through a police boat, and still somehow remains sea-worthy for a while. Also, when his speedboat crashes through the cops' ship, the explosion is accompanied by the sound of cartoonish fireworks. Fun fact: Face/Off was nominated for an Oscar for Best Effects and Sound Effects Editing.

Route 47
Los Angeles, CA 90731