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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Did You Know?


Russell Crowe and Meg Ryan became romantically involved during filming. Ryan and her husband, Dennis Quaid, divorced the next year. See more »


Bowman speaks into the wrong side of his Nokia 9110 Communicator. See more »


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Terry Thorne: This is the conclusive ransom report for Mr. Pierre Lenoir. Location, Chechnya. Result, positive.
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More believable than your average action film.
30 June 2001 | by (JesNollie) – See all my reviews

I like this film. I must admit that a part of me was hoping for the typical chick flic ending, but if I'd actually gotten it I'm sure I wouldn't have liked the movie as much. The movie was more believable than I've come to expect from action films, with the possible exception of the bravado of the captive husband. I find it hard to believe that someone in that situation would be so constantly antagonistic to their captors. Sure, you might have a moment or two where you'd just had enough and had to push back, but I find it hard to believe that you'd be that way ALL the time.

But the negotiations were believable for the most part, and the growing attraction between the leads was done nicely.

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