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Proof of Life (2000)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, Thriller  |  8 December 2000 (USA)
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Alice hires a professional negotiator to obtain the release of her engineer husband, who has been kidnapped by anti-government guerrillas in South America.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ted Fellner
Eric Kessler
Ian Havery
Mario Ernesto Sánchez ...
Arturo Fernandez (as Mario Ernesto Sanchez)
Pietro Sibille ...
Vicky Hernández ...
Maria (as Vicky Hernandez)
Norma Martínez ...
Norma (as Norma Martinez)


Americans Alice and Peter Bowman have traveled from third world country to third world country working on humanitarian projects. They are currently in Tecala, a country nestled in the Andes, as Peter, an engineer, has been hired by QUAD Carbon, an oil company - the moral "enemy" - to lead a project to construct a dam to prevent what is the constant flooding in the country. Alice and Peter eventually learn that QUAD Carbon cares nothing about the dam, which is just a smoke-screen to get an oil pipeline approved and built. Despite loving each other, they have had problems in the marriage of late because of being in Tecala, where Alice has not been able to find her place, and needing to deal with the aftermath of Alice's recent miscarriage. On his way to work one day, Peter, along with a group of others, are random kidnap victims of left wing guerrillas, the Liberation Army of Tecala (ELT), whose reason for being has changed from a political agenda to a monetary one, primarily getting ... Written by Huggo

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for violence, language and some drug material | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 December 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Prueba de vida  »

Box Office


$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,207,869 (USA) (8 December 2000)


ESP 418,713,174 (Spain) (29 June 2001)

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Originally it was planned that all extras were to receive the normal pay used for American extras. But the Ecuadorian government, who could not afford to have their actors paid that well demanded that the movie pay Ecuadorian salaries. See more »


The Polaroid which terry examines with a magnifying glass shows Peter smiling slightly. The picture Alice & Janice look at has his mouth closed in a grimace (the plot makes an issue of why he isn't smiling in the photo). See more »


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No Gladiator, but it will do fine
8 December 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While I would probably reccomend seeing the epic Gladiator (one of the best films of the year as I now see it) if you want a case of Russell Crowe as a perfectionist actor, if you want to see a movie with him in good form (and in the cinema now), this is good too. With him in the lead, plus 2 other really good performances, it almost (and almost) seems like there are no flaws.

The plot follows an expert K & R consultant (Crowe in great acting shape), who goes in assistance for a wife (Meg Ryan in one of her better roles) who's husband (David Morse who follows up and tops his Dancer in the Dark performance) has been kidnapped. Then the thrilling tension ensues, as they try and get him back. With the few flaws possibly being not enough tension and not the greatest delivery I expected, it definately hits the mark on It's acting and delivery (and what an ending). By the way, if you are looking for Crowe's famous Australian accent, then this is surely for you. B+

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