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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

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

During the scene at 1:40 into the movie when he says, "these guys are my Panama crew", you can see a piece of cardboard on the wall behind with "JUST CAUSE" written on it. Operation Just Cause was a U.S. invasion of Panama to capture Manuel Noriega, military leader and drug criminal - a storyline very similar to the movie's plot. See more »

Goofs

Even though the movie takes place in a fictional South American country, the Ecuadorian flag can be seen flying in many places. 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 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.159 (2013) See more »

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Si Jamas Pude Amarte
Written by Christian Valencia and Alonso Alegria
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Jon Monsarrat review: worth seeing, somewhat slow
30 March 2002 | by johnnymonsarratSee all my reviews

I was impressed by Proof of Life and would only make one comment. In most movies, the plot is tightened up to be fast-paced, convincing, make you identify with and care about the characters, and even contain a little moral or have something to say about the human condition.

When a film like Proof of Life is based on a true story, there are limits to this. The worst example I can think of being A Civil Action, which I'm sure is true to the story but the ending was not satisfying and deflated the entire film.

So it's definitely worth seeing, but it's a little slow, and like real life the there is no consistent "tone" to the plot twists. (The film does not fit neatly into one genre throughout.)

Who should see this film:

-- Action buffs who won't mind that only some stuff blows up and the film is a little arty

-- Drama fans who are curious about the topic, but who are not expecting a romance and won't mind a little violence

-- People who'd like some gritty realism concerning Latin American civil uprisings

I give "Proof of Life" a 7 out of 10.


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