Proof of Life

Proof of Life

Taylor Hackford (2000)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Overshadowed by the excessive media interest surrounding its production, this efficient kidnap drama from Taylor Hackford was also marred by tragedy when a stuntman was killed during filming. Part action movie, part romance and part thriller, it's set in a fictional South American country where Meg Ryan's rocky marriage comes under further strain when her engineer husband David Morse is taken hostage by guerrillas. Enter the heroic Russell Crowe, a professional "K&R" (that's kidnap and ransom) man, who agrees to help Ryan (and begins to fall for her) even when it transpires that Morse's employers aren't adequately insured. There are a few good action set pieces, but the scenes between Crowe and Ryan are curiously muted, despite their much-publicised off-screen romance.


A woman seeks the help of a professional negotiator after her husband is kidnapped in the jungles of South America, but events are complicated when the pair find that working together under such stressful circumstances has unforeseen consequences. Action drama, starring Russell Crowe, Meg Ryan, David Morse and David Caruso.

Cast & Crew

Alice Bowman Meg Ryan
Terry Thorne Russell Crowe
Peter Bowman David Morse
Dino David Caruso
Janis Goodman Pamela Reed
Ted Fellner Anthony Heald
Jerry Stanley Anderson
Eric Kessler Gottfried John
Director Taylor Hackford
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosGuidance: Violence, swearing and drug abuse. Available on: video and DVDReleased on: 2 Mar 2001