Proof of Life (2000)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, Thriller  |  8 December 2000 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.2/10 from 47,515 users   Metascore: 45/100
Reviews: 265 user | 134 critic | 29 from

Alice hires a professional negotiator to obtain the release of her engineer husband, who has been kidnapped by anti-government guerrillas in South America.



, (article), 1 more credit »
Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video


Top 25 Trivia Items From the Last 25 Years

Here are some amazing facts and figures to deepen your appreciation of the movies you love.

See the full list

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 39 titles
created 23 May 2011
a list of 39 titles
created 21 Dec 2013
a list of 35 titles
created 11 Jan 2014
a list of 39 titles
created 29 Apr 2014
a list of 40 titles
created 9 months ago

Related Items

Search for "Proof of Life" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Proof of Life (2000)

Proof of Life (2000) on IMDb 6.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Proof of Life.

User Polls

5 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

State of Play (2009)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

When a congressional aide is killed, a Washington D.C. journalist starts investigating the case involving the congressman, his old college friend.

Director: Kevin Macdonald
Stars: Russell Crowe, Rachel McAdams, Ben Affleck
A Good Year (2006)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A British investment broker inherits his uncle's chateau and vineyard in Provence, where he spent much of his childhood. He discovers a new laid-back lifestyle as he tries to renovate the estate to be sold.

Director: Ridley Scott
Stars: Russell Crowe, Abbie Cornish, Albert Finney
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

During the Napoleonic Wars, a brash British captain pushes his ship and crew to their limits in pursuit of a formidable French war vessel around South America.

Director: Peter Weir
Stars: Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany, Billy Boyd
Comedy | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

This comedy is about the residents of a small town who get over-excited when their hockey team gets chosen to host a televised event

Director: Jay Roach
Stars: Russell Crowe, Burt Reynolds, Hank Azaria
The Insider (1999)
Biography | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A research chemist comes under personal and professional attack when he decides to appear in a "60 Minutes" expose on Big Tobacco.

Director: Michael Mann
Stars: Russell Crowe, Al Pacino, Christopher Plummer
Biography | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The story of James Braddock, a supposedly washed-up boxer who came back to become a champion and an inspiration in the 1930s.

Director: Ron Howard
Stars: Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger, Craig Bierko
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A married couple's life is turned upside down when the wife is accused of a murder.

Director: Paul Haggis
Stars: Russell Crowe, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Neeson
Broken City (2013)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

In a city rife with injustice, ex-cop Billy Taggart seeks redemption and revenge after being double-crossed and then framed by its most powerful figure: Mayor Nicholas Hostetler.

Director: Allen Hughes
Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe, Catherine Zeta-Jones
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

After a botched bank job, a gang takes a hostage, Japanese girl on the run from arranged marriage, and escapes. Their wheelman saves the girl from them and the two go on the run with the cops, the gang and her psycho father on their tail.

Director: Craig Lahiff
Stars: Russell Crowe, Yûki Kudô, Kenji Isomura
Drama | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Inspired by the modern classic, Wings of Desire, City involves an angel (Cage) who is spotted by a doctor in an operating room. Franz plays Cage's buddy who somehow knows a lot about angels.

Director: Brad Silberling
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Meg Ryan, Andre Braugher
Breaking Up (1997)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Monica teaches, Steve's a photographer. They've dated more than two years. They're arguing, and she leaves for her apartment, only to return in a few minutes to say they should stop seeing ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Greenwald
Stars: Russell Crowe, Salma Hayek, Abraham Alvarez
Tenderness (2009)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A policeman works to figure out whether a violent teen murdered his family.

Director: John Polson
Stars: Russell Crowe, Jon Foster, Sophie Traub


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

money | negotiator | dam | ransom | drugs | See All (68) »


Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:





| | | |

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)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

| |



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Harrison Ford was originally offered the lead role but turned it down. See more »


Towards the end when Terry and Alice are kissing, Terry is holding Alice's head. When the camera swings to the other side, Alice is holding Terry's head. See more »


[first lines]
Terry Thorne: This is the conclusive ransom report for Mr. Pierre Lenoir. Location, Chechnya. Result, positive.
See more »


Referenced in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Secrets (2001) See more »


Don't Bossa Me Around
Written by Curt Sobel and Gary Schreiner
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A Nutshell Review: (DVD) Proof of Life (2000)
10 September 2006 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

What happens in real life will inevitably have an effect on the reel one. Tom Cruise learnt that with his strange antics in real life - his screen one suffered with a less than expected stellar box office for M:I:3 despite positive critical reviews. Way back in 2000, Russell Crowe and Meg Ryan learnt that too, with their rumoured romance while shooting this movie, one of the many reasons resulting in this becoming a box office bomb.

I felt that it was not a bad movie actually, given the story which I found interesting in the first place, for its extremely distant relation to what I'm doing, and being an action adventure movie, it works with its fair share of big action sequences.

Russell Crowe plays Terry Thorne, a consultant in the Security and Crisis Response Unit of Luthan Risk International. His job is to negotiate the safe return of Kidnap and Ransom (K&R) victims around the world, and of course, this brings him frequently to where the action is, during the payment of ransoms and the extraction of hostages. He yearns for a management role, but as always, if you're an excellent field operative, you're played to your strengths out there.

Which brings him to his latest client, Meg Ryan's Alice Bowman, whose husband Peter Bowman (David Morse), an employee with the biggest international oil firmed, gets kidnapped by chance during a raid in Ecuador. There are numerous scenes in the movie to perk your interest in this much behind-the-scenes industry of K&R, the terrorist(?) groups' motivation, and how the entire business is conducted, with the engagement of peers as well as the involvement of shady government personnel.

There are many fine touches that might go unnoticed, like how network of contacts and peers are milked, cooperation extended, the wheelings and dealings of large multinational corporations, and politics in general. But the focus moves quickly towards a micro one, that between Thorne and Alice Bowman, as he accomplishes to build her trust in him that he's the best in the business and knows what he's doing.

Perhaps this is one of the rare movies that allowed Crowe to be an Australian (and keep the accent) in a Hollywood production. His Thorne is oozes enough machismo to carry the action through and is credible enough to be believed as a veteran in the business. Meg Ryan this time round has a more serious character to play, albeit at times a weepie one, steering well clear of the pretty ditzy blonde comedic roles she has become accustomed to. They had probably shot some love scenes for this movie, but I suppose the bad press resulted in those scenes ending up on the cutting room floor. The romance between the character was also almost squashed out, save for the out of place suggestion of a strong physical attraction which rears its ugly head in the second half of the movie, slowing the pace down a little without much mature development. I thought that should it had been removed entirely, it'll probably end up a stronger movie, with Thorne more in character as a mission driven individual.

The first David, David Caruso, is finding a new lease of life back in television with CSI, since branching off to movies after NYPD Blue didn't augur too well for him. I thought his performance here was nothing much to shout about though. However David Morse, who usually plays supporting roles, put up an adequately engaging Peter Bowman as an executive caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, and examines the fear and desperation of a man kidnapped and constantly at the wrong end of a gun barrel.

The theme song by Danny Elfman is addictive (time to hunt it down), and the end credits was played over a helicopter view of the entire Ecuadorian landscape, just beautiful to look at. Clocking at just over 2 hours, it provided some good entertainment for a lazy Sunday afternoon.

Code 3 DVD contains the behind the scenes making-of documentary (13" 40'), the theatrical trailer, and the feature length audio commentary by director Taylor Hackford.

26 of 34 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Silencers? mark-4618
Weapons used mhuxsenghidlek
I feel so bad for David Morse julianpurcaru
Her husband is kidnapped and she is drinking wine with the agent? alexgs1
russell crowe's most attractive performance? mmmJOHNNYmmm
erm, please explain mikejc111
Discuss Proof of Life (2000) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: