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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.

Director:

Taylor Hackford

Writers:

Tony Gilroy, William Prochnau (article) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Meg Ryan ... Alice Bowman
Russell Crowe ... Terry Thorne
David Morse ... Peter Bowman
Pamela Reed ... Janis Goodman
David Caruso ... Dino
Anthony Heald ... Ted Fellner
Stanley Anderson ... Jerry
Gottfried John ... Eric Kessler
Alun Armstrong ... Wyatt
Michael Kitchen ... Ian Havery
Margo Martindale ... Ivy
Mario Ernesto Sánchez ... Arturo Fernandez (as Mario Ernesto Sanchez)
Pietro Sibille Pietro Sibille ... Juaco
Vicky Hernández Vicky Hernández ... Maria (as Vicky Hernandez)
Norma Martínez 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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Trivia

During a break in filming at Stowe School in Buckinghamshire (where Russell Crowe's character watches his son play rugby union), one of the extras asked Russell Crowe for some acting advice. After their conversation, Crowe remembered the student's serious interest in acting and sent him autographed posters and photos from his film, Gladiator (2000), and wrote a letter saying, "A journey of thousand miles begins with a single 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 Crowe playing his father. See more »

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When Kessler is standing at the top of the waterfall (shown in a long shot), he clutches at his injured shoulder. However he has not been shot yet. He gets hit in the shoulder during the next (close-up) camera shot. 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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I'll Be You Lover, Too
Written and Performed by Van Morrison
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Great on military details
20 August 2001 | by fact275See all my reviews

Proof of Life might well satisfy those more knowledgeable in real-life military matters. When Terry (Crowe) explains to Alice (Ryan) how he started out in the Australian Army, but left for the British Army because there wasn't enough action...he was stating a very plausible possibility. The British Army does indeed accept recruits from Commonwealth nations. Terry also says he is veteran of the elite British Special Air Service, and again, it is true that a huge proportion of ex-SAS members end up in private security efforts of various kinds. When the big raid is carried off, the costumers took enough care to dress Terry in British DPM fatigues, while the American Dino (Caruso) wears American BDU fatigues. Again, this is plausible as these are the sorts of fatigues both men took with them when they left military service. I've seen a lot of reviewers here criticize the end raid sequence.

I found the actions scenes very good and a welcome change from most movies. Terry and Dino actually plan for covering fire from higher ground, fields of fire, etc. So many military raids in movies (The Dogs of War is a good example) just have the characters march out in the open and fire from the hip, with no seeming plan of movement other than to run around, destroy stuff, and look dramatic. Terry and his team never stuck around any longer, nor killed any more of the guerrillas, then necessary to rescue the hostages and escape.

I can see where these details failed to find appreciation with the general viewing public, but I only hope others doing such movies continue to try to be authentic and realistic.


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8 December 2000 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,207,869, 10 December 2000

Gross USA:

$32,598,931

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$62,761,005
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