The daughter of a brilliant but mentally disturbed mathematician, recently deceased, tries to come to grips with her possible inheritance: his insanity. Complicating matters are one of her father's ex-students, who wants to search through his papers, and her estranged sister, who shows up to help settle his affairs.

Director:

John Madden

Writers:

David Auburn (play), David Auburn (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gwyneth Paltrow ... Catherine
Anthony Hopkins ... Robert
Jake Gyllenhaal ... Harold Dobbs - Hal
Danny McCarthy ... Cop
Hope Davis ... Claire
Tobiasz Daszkiewicz ... Limo Driver (as Tobiacz Daszkiewicz)
Gary Houston ... Professor Barrow
Anne Wittman ... Friend at Party
Leigh Zimmerman Leigh Zimmerman ... Friend at Party
Colin Stinton ... Theoretical Physicist
Leland Burnett Leland Burnett ... Band Vocalist
John Keefe ... University Friend
Chipo Chung ... University Friend
C. Gerod Harris ... University Friend (as C Gerod Harris)
Roshan Seth ... Professor Bhandari
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Catherine is a woman in her late twenties who is strongly devoted to her father, Robert, a brilliant and well-known mathematician whose grip on reality is beginning to slip away. As Robert descends into madness, Catherine begins to wonder if she may have inherited her father's mental illness along with his mathematical genius. When Robert's work reveals a mathematical proof of potentially historic proportions, it sets off shock waves in more ways than one. Written by yusufpiskin

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Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning play by David Auburn See more »

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Drama | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual content, language and drug references | See all certifications »

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David Auburn's play "Proof" premiered at the Manhattan Theater Club, in New York City, in May 2000. On October 24, 2000, it moved to the Walter Kerr Theater, where it ran for nine hundred seventeen performances. "Proof" won the 2001 Tony Award for the Best Play, and the Pulitzer Prize in Drama the same year. See more »

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The way Robert holds the book changes when he wants Catherine to read the proof. See more »

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[first lines]
Robert: [stirring her out of a dream] Can't sleep?
Catherine: Oh, Jesus! Oh, you scared me.
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Referenced in Gettin' It (2006) See more »

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I'll Never Be (Your Maggie May)
(1991)
Composed and Performed by Suzanne Vega
© Waifersongs Ltd./WB Music Corp
By kind permission of Warner/Chappell Music Ltd
Courtesy of Polydor UK Music Limited
Licensed by kind permission from The Universal Film & TV Licensing Division
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Brilliant!
27 September 2005 | by maestro7PLSee all my reviews

Seeing this movie makes one realize how truly dumb and unchallenging most Hollywood movies, aimed at young teenage boys, are. The script was brilliant, and all four actors do a fine job of bringing the story to life. I too saw Mary Louise Parker in the stage version, and though I slightly preferred her to Gwynneth, the latter nonetheless was fine as the gifted and disturbed Catherine. I thought Jake Gyllenhaal was very good in his role, but too good-looking and hunky to play a geeky mathematician. Compared to the play, his relationship with Catherine developed a little too quickly in the movie, considering what a loner Catherine had been up to this time. Hope Davis was great as the more "normal," but controlling sister Claire, her second best performance ever, after the under-appreciated one she gave in "American Splendor" (be sure to rent THAT movie if you haven't seen it), and she manages to be more sympathetic than the actress who played her in the stage version. Hopkins as the brilliant, mentally ill mathematician-father was fine, though not particularly special in the role.

I only have two quibbles. One, there was not enough mathematics in the movie OR the play. Everyone has studied advanced math, so why not challenge the audience a little more and let us in on what the proof is actually about. It is kind of like watching a movie about a musician and not letting the audience hear any of the music! Two, it is not believable that in a crucial scene towards the end of the movie, that neither Catherine and especially the more materialistic Claire would not care what ultimately happens to the proof, especially when being told of its possible value.

Aside from these flaws, if you are looking for intelligent fare and a break from mindless action films and the mostly unfunny comedies of the past summer, you owe it to yourself to see this film. The theater I saw it in was almost empty, so I fear it is not doing too well. Remember that every ticket you buy is a vote for more of that kind of film being made. Let's hear it for more stimulating and mature films like this one!


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Language:

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Release Date:

7 October 2005 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$193,840, 18 September 2005

Gross USA:

$7,535,331

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,189,860
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