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Proof of Life (2000)

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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:
... Alice Bowman
... Terry Thorne
... Peter Bowman
... Janis Goodman
... Dino
... Ted Fellner
... Jerry
... Eric Kessler
... Wyatt
... Ian Havery
... Ivy
... Arturo Fernandez (as Mario Ernesto Sanchez)
Pietro Sibille ... Juaco
Vicky Hernández ... Maria (as Vicky Hernandez)
Norma Martínez ... Norma (as Norma Martinez)
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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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A Taylor Hackford film

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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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8 December 2000 (USA)  »

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Prueba de vida  »

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Budget:

$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,207,869, 10 December 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$32,598,931, 25 February 2001

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$62,761,005, 31 December 2000
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Trivia

During filming at Stowe School in Buckinghamshire, where Russell Crowe's character watches his son play rugby union, one of the students asked Russell Crowe for some acting advice. After their conversation, Crowe remembered his serious interest in acting and sent him autographed posters and photos from his film, Gladiator, and wrote a letter saying, "A thousand mile journey begins with one step." The extra, Henry Cavill, went on to pursue his acting career and ultimately landed the role of Superman in Man of Steel (2013) with Russell Crowe playing his father. See more »

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Alice slaps Thorne's left cheek, but when he walks in to the house, he is massaging his right cheek. See more »

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[first lines]
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 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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