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MPAA Rating - R

    135 Minutes


Original Release Date:
    Jun 19, 2001

    Taylor Hackford

    Meg Ryan, Russell Crowe, David Morse, Pamela Reed, David Caruso

Movie Summary
A woman whose marriage is in trouble finds herself falling for a new man as her husbands 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 Terrys 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 cant 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. Alices marriage to Peter was going through a rough patch when he was kidnapped, and while shes deeply concerned for his safety, she must reconcile her fears for Peters 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, All Movie Guide


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