Proof of Life


2h 15m 2000

Brief Synopsis

Peter Bowman, an American engineer in a Latin American country, is kidnapped for a $3 million dollar ransom. Abandoned by her husband's employer and insurance company, his wife Alice refuses to give up his life. She takes on the task of bringing him home but quickly realizes she can't do that withou

Film Details

Also Known As
Echange, L', L' Echange, Prueba de vida
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2000
Production Company
Anvil Films; Bel-Air Entertainment; Castle Rock Entertainment; Cinesite Europe, Ltd.; Eastman Kodak; For Stars Catering; Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc.; Imaginary Forces; L.A. Maddogs; Pacific Title & Art Studio; Panavision, Ltd.; Soundelux; Technicolor; Useful Companies; Warner Bros. Sound
Distribution Company
WARNER BROS. PICTURES DISTRIBUTION (WBPD); Constantin Film Development, Inc.; Monopole Pathe Films Ag; PathT International; PathT International; Pathe Image; Sam Film; Sandrew Metronome Distribution Finland Oy; Tobis Film; Videocine; Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution; Warner Bros. Pictures International
Location
Quito, Ecuador; Ecuador; Poland; Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 15m

Synopsis

Peter Bowman, an American engineer in a Latin American country, is kidnapped for a $3 million dollar ransom. Abandoned by her husband's employer and insurance company, his wife Alice refuses to give up his life. She takes on the task of bringing him home but quickly realizes she can't do that without help. An expert in 'K&R' (Kidnap & Ransom), Terry Thorne is Alice's best and only hope for saving Peter. He takes on the job, but soon finds it to be trickier than anyone thought. Throughout the lengthy negotiations, Alice and Terry develop a mutual respect which evolves into a mutual attraction as they barter for Peter's life with the kidnappers. With the help of a fellow negotiator, Dino, and a trio of highly trained mercenaries, Terry takes on a do-or-die rescue operation that could as easily result in disaster as in triumph.

Crew

Lech Adamowski

Stunt Coordinator (Poland Unit)

Leslie Adler

Assistant (To Meg Ryan)

Alonso Alegria

Songs ("Muneca Linda" "Si Jamas Pude Amarte")

Alonso Alegria

Casting (South America)

Elena Almeida

Assistant Production Coordinator

Miguel Alvear

3rd Assistant Director

Mariana Andrade

Executive In Charge Of Production (Ecuador)

Pete Anthony

Orchestra Conductor

David Appleby

Still Photographer

Frida Aradottir

Meg Ryan'S Hairstylist

Carlos Argoti

Wardrobe Buyer

Anabell Arias

Location Assistant

Ana Lucia Arizo

Assistant Accountant

David Arkell

Camera Ship Pilot

Tatiana Arroba

Stand-By Propsman

Diego Arteaga

Camera Assistant

Christopher Assells

Sound Effects Editor

Olivier Auverlau

Camera Operator (2nd Unit)

Estefano Auz

Head Driver

Karen M. Baker

Co-Supervising Sound Editor

Pawel Barenski

Unit Manager (Poland Unit)

Pedro Barquin

Other

Steve Bartek

Supervising Orchestrator

Andrzej Bednarski

Assistant Director (Poland Unit)

Sallie Beechinor

Production Coordinator

Laura Behary

Post-Production Assistant (Avid)

Miriam Bell-irving

Set Dresser

Mona Benjamin

Assistant Production Coordinator

Lourene Bevaart

Russell Crowe'S Trainer

Carlos Blanchard

Other

Terry Blyther

Location Manager (United Kingdom)

Steve Bohan

Construction Manager (United Kingdom)

Adam Bohling

Other

Diego Bolanos

Production Assistant

George Bolton

Transportation Captian

Justin Bourret

Post-Production Assistant (Avid)

Julian Bratolyubov

Music Preparation

Robert Brock

Electrician

Jean Brown

Special Thanks (Safari Tours/Quito--Ecuador)

Jeanette Browning

Adr Recordist

Bogomil Brubano

Costumer

David Bruce

Generator Operator

David Bruce

Generator Operator

Tony Burnes

Electrician

Mauricio Cadena

2nd Assistant Director (2nd Unit)

Sidney Calvopina

Construction Gang Boss

Angus Cameron

Digital Effects Supervisor (Mill Company Limited/Special Visual Effects)

David E Campbell

Re-Recording Mixer

Sylvia Cano

Assistant Accountant

Jana Carboni

Makeup Artist

Chris Carreras

1st Assistant Director

Stephen Carter

Art Director

Steve Carter

Supervising Art Director

Oscar G Castillo

Lead Animator (Cinesite/Special Visual Effects Provider)

Oriana Cavallero

Assistant (To David Morse)

Aneta Cebula

Production Coordinator (Poland Unit)

Stefano Ceccarelli

Hair Stylist

Luis Chalacan

Grip

Simon Chapman

Stunt Man (For David Morse)

Orlando Chongo

Craft Service Supervisor

Gwen Clare

Special Thanks (Us Ambassador To Ecuador)

Stuart Clarke

Stunt Man (For Russell Crowe)

Fionn Comerford

2nd Assistant Camera/ ("B" Camera)

Frank Connor

Still Photographer

Marcelo Cordova

Security Specialist (Berman & Ely)

Fred Crawford

Other

Romel Crespo

Camera Assistant

Liz Cruz

Transportation Dispatcher

Rodrigo Cueva

Grip

Lucy Da Silva

Makeup Artist

Debbi Datz-pyle

Orchestra Contractor

Barney Davis

2nd Assistant Camera (2nd Unit)

Gary Charles Davis

Stunt Coordinator

Yves De Bono

Special Effects Supervisor

Bruno De Santa

Russell Crowe'S Costumer

Francesca De Simone

Hair Stylist

Greg Dennen

Other

Amanda Derby

Set Costumer

Daniel Dietrich

Foreman

Ian Differ

1st Assistant Editor

Dino Dimuro

Sound Effects Editor

Ron Downing

Property Master

Jack Dyer

Stand-By Stagehand

Wade Eastwood

Stunt Man (For Gottfried John)

Kevin Edland

Best Boy Electric

Jake Edmonds

Health & Safety Officer

Danny Elfman

Music

Danny Elfman

Music Producer

Kathy Ewings

Accountant (United Kingdom)

Diego Falconi

3rd Assistant Director

David Fencl

Other

Arlene Fishbach

Music Clearance

Vaune Kirby Frechette

Avid Assistant

Roberto Frisone

Assistant Art Director

Jerzy Frykowski

Production Manager (Poland Unit)

Will Gaffney

Other

Yorgos Giannelis

1st Assistant Camera (2nd Unit)

Tony Gilroy

Screenwriter

Tony Gilroy

Executive Producer

Laura Graham

Adr Editor

Robert Grayson

2nd Assistant Director

Lisa Greenberg

Craft Service Manager

Mark Griffin

Special Effects Technician

Dow Griffith

Location Manager

Dow Griffith

Production Supervisor

Zbigniew Gruz

Assistant Director (Poland Unit)

Zbigniew Gruz

Casting

Carlos Guerra

Production Assistant

Taylor Hackford

Producer

Per Hallberg

Supervising Sound Editor

Charles Hamilton

Other

Adam Hamon

Security Specialist (Berman & Ely)

Randy Hardy

Other

Miles Hargrove

Video Archivist

Thomas Hargrove

Inspired By Book ("Long March To Freedom: Tom Hargrove'S Own Story Of His Kidnapping By Colombian Narco-Guerrillas")

Gordon Harmer

Costume Supervisor

Kevin Harris

Stand-By Carpenter

Dan Hegeman

Sound Effects Editor

Mo Henry

Negative Cutter

Tania Hermida

3rd Assistant Director

Colonel Luis Hernandez

Special Thanks (Director Of The Military College/Ecuadorian Army)

Alicia Herrera

Animal Wrangler

Jonn Herzberger

Special Effects Technician

Ian Hickinbotham

Unit Production Manager

Julia Hickman

Art Department Coordinator

John Higgins

Gaffer

Linda Hodge

Other

Chris Hogan

Dialogue Editor

David Hopkins

Coordinating Art Director

Antony Hunt

Visual Effects Producer (Mill Company Limited/Special Visual Effects)

Kevin Hunt

Security Specialist (Berman & Ely)

Malcolm Huse

Key Grip

Slawomir Idziak

Director Of Photography

Pablo Iturralde

Graphic Designer

Pablo Iturralde

Assistant Art Director

Roberto Izurieta

Other

Pamela Jaeckle

Production Coordinator

Craig Jaeger

Supervising Foley Editor

Ismael Jardon

Costume Supervisor

Chris Jargo

Supervising Adr Editor

Henryk Jedynak

1st Assistant Camera/ ("A" Camera)

Lukasz Jogalla

2nd Unit Director Of Photography (2nd Unit)

Lukasz Jogalla

Camera Operator

Gareth John

Sound Maintenance

Bobbie Johnson

Other

Mark Johnston

Other

Doreen Jones

Casting (Europe)

Sally Jones

Script Supervisor

Daryl Jordan

Visual Effects Editor

Paul Jyrala

Foley Editor

Sheldon Kahn

Editor

Robert Kaiser

Color Timer

Doc Kane

Adr Mixer

Karen Kawahara

Meg Ryan'S Makeup Artist

Alice S. Kim

Assistant (To Charles Mulvehill)

Jess Kitley

Assistant Set Decorator (United Kingdom)

Thomas Kittle

Special Effects Technician

Nancy Klopper

Casting

Jacek Kurowski

Best Boy (Poland Unit)

Michael La Torre

2nd Assistant Director (2nd Unit)

Rick Lamb

"B" Camera Focus Puller/Steadicam

Mary Jo Lang

Foley Mixer

Federico Laurenti

Makeup Artist

Deborah Leakey

Assistant Accountant (United Kingdom)

Adam Lee

Electrician

Cosme Leon

Grip

David Lingenfelser

Supervisor

Richard Little

Lead Digital Artist (Mill Company Limited/Special Visual Effects)

Lee Lighting Ltd

Lighting Equipment (London)

Laura Luchetti

Assistant (To Russell Crowe)

Camilo Luzuriaga

Executive In Charge Of Production (Ecuador)

Anna Mackenzie

Adr Editor

Dr. Jamil Mahuad

Special Thanks (President Of Ecuador)

Ana Maldonado

Public Relations Consultant

Roberto Mancino

Location Assistant

Rosanna Mancino

Production Assistant

Marc Mann

Other

Marc Mann

Original Music

Jeff Mart

"B" Camera Operator/Steadicam

John Marzano

Aerial Cameraman

Helen Mattocks

Meg Ryan'S Costumer

Zelda Mattox

Transportation Dispatcher

Ron Mawbey

Set Costumer

Dr. Paul Mcauley

Weight Loss Consultant

Richard Mccarthy

Other

Scott A Mckay

Other

Mark Mckenzie

Original Music

Alan Mcpherson

Electrician

Amala Merino

Other

John Forbes Meyeler

Special Thanks (Honorable John Forbes Meyeler/Former British Ambassador To Ecuador)

Tricia Miles

Post-Production Supervisor

Christian Minkler

Re-Recording Mixer

Marek Modzelewski

Gaffer (Poland Unit)

Alyson Moore

Foley Artist

John Moore

Props

Sarah Moore

Production Assistant (United Kingdom)

Alexis Moreano

Stand-By Propsman

Philip D. Morrill

Assistant Sound Editor

Thomas A Morris

Construction Coordinator

Van Morrison

Song Performer ("I'Ll Be Your Lover Too")

Film Details

Also Known As
Echange, L', L' Echange, Prueba de vida
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2000
Production Company
Anvil Films; Bel-Air Entertainment; Castle Rock Entertainment; Cinesite Europe, Ltd.; Eastman Kodak; For Stars Catering; Fuji Photo Film U.S.A., Inc.; Imaginary Forces; L.A. Maddogs; Pacific Title & Art Studio; Panavision, Ltd.; Soundelux; Technicolor; Useful Companies; Warner Bros. Sound
Distribution Company
WARNER BROS. PICTURES DISTRIBUTION (WBPD); Constantin Film Development, Inc.; Monopole Pathe Films Ag; PathT International; PathT International; Pathe Image; Sam Film; Sandrew Metronome Distribution Finland Oy; Tobis Film; Videocine; Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution; Warner Bros. Pictures International
Location
Quito, Ecuador; Ecuador; Poland; Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 15m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Winter December 8, 2000

Expanded Release in United States February 2, 2001

Meg Ryan reportedly received $15,000,000 for this role.

29-year-old Will Gaffney, a stand-in for actor David Morse, was killed and five extras were injured on Sunday, April 9, 2000, when the pick-up truck they were riding in accidentally plunged off a mountain road during 2nd unit photography. Gaffney was an American teacher living in Ecuador.

Meg Ryan reportedly received $15,000,000 for this role.

Completed shooting July 28, 2000.

Began shooting February 21, 2000.

William Prochnau's article "Adventures in the Ransom Trade" appeared in the May 1998 issue of "Vanity Fair".

Released in United States Winter December 8, 2000

Expanded Release in United States February 2, 2001