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.

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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 Tecala that has turned to kidnapping as a way to raise capital, and Peter is chosen as its next target. When Peter is ambushed on his way to work, his firm brings in Terry Thorn (Russell Crowe), a former Australian intelligence operative who now works as a private "kidnapping and ransom" negotiator. Alice is told Terry is her best hope for bringing Peter back safe and sound, but when Terry's employers run into a tight squeeze financially, they cancel their K&R insurance (which is considered a standard benefit for American employees assigned to South America), leaving Alice to rehire Terry on her own, especially since she can't possibly pay the $3 million ransom demanded by the kidnappers. As Terry and his partner Dino (David Caruso) map out a rescue plan, Alice and Terry find themselves increasingly attracted to each other. Alice's marriage to Peter was going through a rough patch when he was kidnapped, and while she's deeply concerned for his safety, she must reconcile her fears for Peter's life with her new feelings for Terry. Proof of Life is based on Adventures in the Ransom Trade, an article by journalist William Prochnau that was published in Vanity Fair, as well as on the case of real-life kidnapping victim Tom Hargrove. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
R (for violence, language and some drug material)
Action & Adventure , Drama , Mystery & Suspense , Romance
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Meg Ryan
as Alice
David Morse
as Peter
Pamela Reed
as Janice
Gottfried John
as Kessler
Diego Trujillo
as Eliodoro
Miguel Iza
as ELT Officer
Tony Vasquez
as Fred/Marco
Rowena King
as Pamela
Michael Byrne
as Luthan
Gerard Naprous
as Pierre Lenoir
Alexander Balueyev
as Russian Colonel
Dimitri Shevchenko
as Russian Sergeant
Zbigniew Zamachowski
as Terry's Driver
Said K. Saralijen
as Chechen Leader
Oscar Carrillo
as Trial Honcho
Pedro Martinez Laya
as Trial Honcho
Wolframio Benavides
as Trial Honcho
Alonso Alegria
as Master of Ceremonies
Stefan Gryff
as Bank Official
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Critic Reviews for Proof of Life

All Critics (115) | Top Critics (31)

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

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

For all its nail-biting fusillades, it fails to score a shot to the heart.

Full Review… | December 8, 2000
Top Critic

Proof of Life refers to a negotiator's demand for proof a hostage is still may start wondering the same thing about the movie.

December 8, 2000
New York Post
Top Critic

Proof of Life is intelligent, but culturally biased and less than altogether compelling.

December 8, 2000
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Well directed, superbly acted, full of conflicting emotions and has subtle psychological shifts in loyalties.

December 8, 2000
Top Critic

Emotionally off kilter.

Full Review… | December 8, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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
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
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
Al S

Super Reviewer

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