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Film / Proof of Life

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A 2000 American film directed by Taylor Hackford that deals with a kidnap victim's release being negotiated and is based on Thomas Hargrove's, book Long March to Freedom.

An engineer (David Morse) is abducted and his wife (Meg Ryan) gets help from a former British Air service member (Russell Crowe).

The film also stars Pamela Reed, David Caruso, Anthony Heald, Michael Bryne, Gottfried John and Stanley Anderson.

It was released on December 8, 2000.

Tropes for the film:

  • Authentication by Newspaper: A photograph is the titular evidence that the hostage isn't dead.
  • Banana Republic: Tecala, a fictional South American country. It is stated that Tecala has long been the scene of an internal conflict between its government forces and a Marxist guerrilla called the Liberation Army of Tecala (ELT), originally supported by the Soviet Union, but after the Soviet Union's dissolution in 1991, the ELT began kidnapping people for ransom to fund their operations. A map seen in the film is that of Ecuador.
  • Distressed Dude: Peter, Alice's husband, is being held hostage and they try to find a way to rescue him through negotiation with the kidnappers.
  • Film of the Book: The film is based on Long March To Freedom by Thomas Hargrove and the Vanity Fair article Adventures in the Ransom Trade.
  • Ripped from the Headlines: Is based on Hargrove's experiences of being a hostage and his release being negotiated by Thomas Clayton, founder of Clayton Consultants, Inc.