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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

Gross USA:

$32,598,931

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$62,761,005
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Originally it was planned that all extras were to receive the normal pay used for American extras. But the Ecuadorian government, which could not afford to have their actors paid that well, demanded that the production pay Ecuadorian salaries. See more »

Goofs

When Terry, Dino and the others approach the guerilla camp, takes with rain and without rain are mixed up. 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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Don't Bossa Me Around
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No Gladiator, but it will do fine
8 December 2000 | by Quinoa1984See all my reviews

While I would probably reccomend seeing the epic Gladiator (one of the best films of the year as I now see it) if you want a case of Russell Crowe as a perfectionist actor, if you want to see a movie with him in good form (and in the cinema now), this is good too. With him in the lead, plus 2 other really good performances, it almost (and almost) seems like there are no flaws.

The plot follows an expert K & R consultant (Crowe in great acting shape), who goes in assistance for a wife (Meg Ryan in one of her better roles) who's husband (David Morse who follows up and tops his Dancer in the Dark performance) has been kidnapped. Then the thrilling tension ensues, as they try and get him back. With the few flaws possibly being not enough tension and not the greatest delivery I expected, it definately hits the mark on It's acting and delivery (and what an ending). By the way, if you are looking for Crowe's famous Australian accent, then this is surely for you. B+


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