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Proof Of Life [DVD] [2000]

Meg Ryan , Russell Crowe , Taylor Hackford    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Meg Ryan, Russell Crowe, David Morse, Pamela Reed, David Caruso
  • Directors: Taylor Hackford
  • Writers: Thomas Hargrove, Tony Gilroy, William Prochnau
  • Producers: Taylor Hackford, Charles Mulvehill, Feliks Pastusiak, Steven Reuther
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English, French, Italian, Russian, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, Arabic, Romanian, Bulgarian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Aug 2001
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005LW4R
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,063 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Inspired by a Vanity Fair article, Proof of Life is that rarest of Hollywood commodities: the exploration of an original idea. Kidnapping may have graced our screens in the likes of Ransom, but the revelatory material here exposes a billion dollar industry. Engineer Peter Bowman (David Morse) is the kidnapee. Anti-government guerrillas in the fictional locale of Tecala in South America are his captors. More central to the plot is negotiator Terry Thorne (Russell Crowe's first role after Gladiator). His wavering professional ethics allow him to overlook the fact that Bowman's company has reneged on the insurance payment, but don't prevent him from developing feelings for Bowman's wife Alice (Meg Ryan). Cutting between the threads, the film benefits from Crowe and Ryan's obvious chemistry as well as an atmosphere of tense reality provided by the lush locations. Perfectionist director Taylor Hackford insisted on filming in Ecuador despite the studio's better judgement. The crew suffered a consistently hostile environment, but the jungle helps in maintaining a believable threat against Bowman's life. What's ultimately discovered by each of the principals is that they all had more to prove to themselves than they'd ever realised.

On The DVD: From an animated menu there's the obligatory trailer and page of cast and crew names. The surprise in the latter is that it's static--No further information! A 14-minute HBO documentary hosted by David Caruso makes up for that. Mini-interviews with all the cast are intercut with behind-the-scenes footage. You see Morse losing weight as they shot, learn that there are 30,000 kidnappings a year and that the crew suffered a drifting wind of tear gas one day. The best feature is Taylor Hackford's commentary, which is breathlessly crammed with information. He talks about the detailed research undertaken on the script, which highlighted Columbia as the world's kidnap centre and London as the K&R (Kidnap and Rescue) reciprocal centre. The most fascinating fact is the reason for a deleted sex scene between Ryan and Crowe. While editing it, Hackford was about the last to discover they'd become an item off-screen. Ryan's lasting objections mean it's not included on this disc. A terrific 2:35:1 ratio dazzles the eye with the Ecuador landscapes, and the 5.1 surround does wonders for Danny Elfman's edgy score.--Paul Tonks

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it 12 Nov 2013
By jb007
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Saw this film on a flight home from USA and thoroughly enjoyed it, Crowe is a negotiator and ends up working for nothing to help release a hostage who is married to meg ryan. They strike up a close relationship as time ticks by in securing the release of her husband and meeting the kidnappers ransom demands is difficult due to lack of funds so Crowe enlists some help and goes in to the jungle to take matters into his own hands.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Goes loud when it needs too! 27 May 2013
By Mr. S. Storey TOP 500 REVIEWER
The world of kidnap and ransom is exposed in this mixed effort. The opening montage showing a rescue and extraction amongst the war torn fields of Chechnya is set to a voiceover from Crowe and is the highpoint of the movie until the action gets going in the final reel. Crowe plays Terry Thorn, a specialist in hostage negotiation who falls in love with the wife of the kidnapped engineer he's trying to free. I can see why this would look good on paper; it's full of inner conflict and longing, sadly though, the love story bit doesn't work well at all with Meg Ryan's character coming off really badly; test audiences hated it and it the movie was chopped up a bit to tone it down. With the love story almost gone, this doesn't leave us with much, thankfully the dependable David Morse is brilliant as the kidnap victim, taken far off into the hills. David Caruso lends a hand as a co-contractor who helps Crowe during the military phase of the rescue - this bit is hugely thrilling but isn't enough to turn it into an action picture, the rescue team look great as they take out the rebel camp holding the hostages - at least the military advisors knew what they were doing!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, entertaining and exhilerating ! 2 July 2001
Proof of life is a fantastic film. From start to finish it kept me on the edge of my seat. Proof of life is not high in action but what you do get is a well made film with an extremely good story and very good actors. However the action sequences you do witness are superb. Meg Ryan and Russell Crowe are superb together. If you enjoyed the negotiator you'll love this ! Ten out of Ten !
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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting film, acted and directed sincerely. 20 April 2002
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This film, based on truth, shows the harrowing ordeal of kidnapping. All the actors played their parts well, and the psychological realm of the film was portrayed with sincerity. The special features, how the film was made, the director's commentary, etc., was very good.
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By BigAl82
A thoroughly satisfying actioner with some drama and thriller elements. The acting is fine. The action is rare but explosive. Three stars for the thrills.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Film 17 May 2014
By Daisy
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Haven't seen yet. Will let you know when we have used which will not be until our June Video evening meeting
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie 28 Feb 2014
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Russell Crowe is totally believable as a Kidnap and Ransom Special Operative. His relationship with client Meg Ryan is full of longing looks but could have used the sex scene that I am aware was deleted as a result of news stories of a similar relationship of the stars behind the scenes. It's a shame they eliminated it because the whole movie is a bit repetitive and frustrating with all this obvious mutual attraction, resulting in one last minute kiss. I think you might have had a hit if there was less coyness (if that is a word). It was a bit of a monitary flop and I personally think it would have been far better if the couple really responded to each other.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story 17 Jan 2014
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Unique, well scripted and well directed story... not just for the blokes... acting excellent and the action sequences authentic... all in all a cracking film, and still worth watching, even if some would say its a bit dated....
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