Proof of Life (2000)



Critic Consensus: Despite its promising premise and superstar cast, Proof of Life is just a routine thriller that doesn't offer anything new.

Movie Info

A woman whose marriage is in trouble finds herself falling for a new man as her husband's life hangs in the balance in this thriller. Peter Bowman (David Morse) and his wife Alice (Meg Ryan) have relocated to a small Latin American nation called Tecala; Peter works for an American engineering and construction firm, and his latest assignment has him building a dam that is intended to bring power to the developing nation. The ELT is a radical Marxist faction gearing up for political revolution in … More

Rating: R (for violence, language and some drug material)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Romance, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Tony Gilroy
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 19, 2001
Box Office: $31.2M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


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as Janice

as Kessler

as ELT Officer

as Fred/Marco

as Pamela

as Luthan

as Pierre Lenoir

as Russian Colonel

as Russian Sergeant

as Terry's Driver

as Chechen Leader

as Trial Honcho

as Trial Honcho

as Trial Honcho

as Master of Ceremonies

as Bank Official
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Critic Reviews for Proof of Life

All Critics (137) | Top Critics (35)

I was interested all through the movie--interested, but not riveted.

Full Review… | December 8, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Good story, but too violent for kids.

Full Review… | December 27, 2010
Common Sense Media

The unconvincing Proof of Life is a missed opportunity.

Full Review… | February 2, 2009

Whatever sparks ignited off the set fail to register on film, in essence ruining Taylor Hackford's drama.

Full Review… | October 14, 2007

About as thrilling as the Kansas plains.

Full Review… | July 1, 2004

Crackles, sputters, and starts up finally in the last half of the movie.

Full Review… | March 16, 2004

Audience Reviews for Proof of Life


It is what it is. You really cant blame this movie on Russell Crowe or Meg Ryan, but the atrocious screen writer and the studio that allowed this to be made.

Nelson Pickens

Super Reviewer


Well, first of all, "Proof of Life" is somewhat of a insignificant movie. Of course the subject of the film is important but there are too many negative aspects.

Script-wise the movie is very weak. There's no suspense, no emotion. If there was, then the actors didn't do their job. The characters are mainly quite unappealing.

"Proof of Life" is still worth seeing but will not last a second viewing. It's starts slowly but in the end it delivers some enjoyable moments.

Jani H

Super Reviewer


A tense, stunning and pulse-pounding thriller that explodes with action, excitment, romance and suspense. A truly thrilling, gripping, nail-biting and breathtaking adventure. Heart-wrenching and adreniline-pumping. Powerhouse performances. Russell Crowe is magnificent. David Morse is outstanding. David Caruso is excellent.

Al S

Super Reviewer

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