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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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Storyline

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

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | Russian | Italian | French

Release Date:

8 December 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Prueba de vida See more »

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Box Office

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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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Meg Ryan was paid $15 million for her work on the film. See more »

Goofs

Bowman empties his gun and the slide stays cocked back because it's empty. In the next scene the slide is back in position, but Bowman wouldn't know how to do this to a gun, having not used one before. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Terry Thorne: This is the conclusive ransom report for Mr. Pierre Lenoir. Location, Chechnya. Result, positive.
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Referenced in Entourage: Blue Balls Lagoon (2005) See more »

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Mala Suerte
Written by Christian Valencia
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Mediocre movie with one of the greatest Special Forces/hostage rescue sequences in film
31 March 2016 | by John_hmstrSee all my reviews

Its an OK movie overall. There is no arguing that Russel Crowe has some charisma in this film. And Meg Ryan... is Meg Ryan and really not a good fit. Overall not anything to get that excited about. But the action sequences, both when Peter is captured and the film ending hostage rescue sequence in my opinion are some of the greatest and most accurate in film. Not perfect, this is a movie so some creative/dramatic license was taken, but way above par compared to most any other film I can think of with very rare exception. Its pretty clear that they had a rare combination of fantastic military consultants along with a director and cinematographer willing to listen and make the most of it. Tactics, equipment, effects (with obligatory gasoline added to explosions...), even hand signals, how the guerrilla's operate... Spot on! Quite the rarity and very refreshing.

Really can't say enough good things about the action sequences. Movie is worth seeing just for this. The rest... meh.


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