Gladiator Winner of five Academy Awards® Gladiator revived the sword and sandal epic while becoming one of the acclaimed and popular historical dramas of the decade! Russell Crowe won an Oscar® for his star-making turn as a general whose family is murdered by a corrupt prince (Academy Award®-nominee Joaquin Phoenix). He embarks on a desperate quest for revenge that sees him fighting in front of thousands of Romans in the Coliseum. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Ridley Scott Gladiator re-creates the glory of Ancient Rome with Academy Award®-winning special effects. A modern classic. Immortals From the producers of ‘300’ Immortals is a visually stunning and bloody retelling of the epic Greek legend of Theseus. The ruthless King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) leads his bloodthirsty army on a murderous rampage across Greece to ﬁnd a deadly weapon that can kill the Gods themselves. Only Theseus (Henry Cavill) a mortal chosen by Zeus King of the Gods can lead the ﬁght against Hyperion and his evil army with the fate of mankind and the Gods at stake. Gladiator Bonus Features: Theatrical Feature Commentary Extended Feature Commentary Visions from Elysium: Topic Marker Intro by Ridley Scott Deleted Scenes Deleted Scenes with commentary Scrolls of Knowledge Are You Not Entertained? Behind the Scenes Immortals Bonus Features: It's No Myth Carravaggio Meets Fight Club Deleted Scenes Alternate Opening Scene - Young Theseus Alternate Endings Excerpt from Immortals: Gods & Heroes Comic Book.
Russell Crowe stars as "Lucky" Jack Aubrey, who pits his crew of the HMS Surprise against a much better armed and ruthless enemy in a chase that takes him all the way to the far side of the world.
This Box Set contains the following films: Gladiator: The great Roman General Maximus (Russell Crowe) has once again led the legions to victory on the battlefield. The war won Maximus dreams of home wanting only to return to his wife and son; however the dying Emperor Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris) has one more duty for the general - to assume the mantle of his power. Jealous of Maximus' favor with the emperor the heir to the throne Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix) orders his execution - and that of his family. Barely escaping death Maximus is forced into slavery and trained as a gladiator in the arena where his fame grows. Now he has come to Rome intent on avenging the murder of his wife and son by killing the new emperor; Commodus.... In The Name Of The Father: The true-life saga of Gerry Conlon. A petty thief in strife torn '70s Belfast Gerry's main interests are getting drunk and partying much to the dismay of his quiet frail father Giuseppe (Pete Postlethwaite). When Gerry angers the IRA his father sends him to England where his antics put him in the wrong place at the wrong time. Innocent but forced to confess to an act of savage terrorism he is sentenced to life imprisonment as one of the 'Guildford Four'. An innocent Giuseppe is also arrested and while behind bars Gerry learns that his father's seeming frailty masks an unmatched inner strength and wisdom. Working with a fiercely dedicated lawyer Gerry determines to prove his innocence clear his father's name and expose the truth behind one of the most shameful legal events in recent history. Catch A Fire: A political thriller that powerfully tells the real-life story of a South African hero's journey to freedom. In the country's turbulent and divided times in the 1980s Patrick Chamusso (Derek Luke) is an oil refinery foreman and soccer coach who is apolitical - until he and his wife Precious (Bonnie Henna) are jailed. Patrick is stunned into action against the country's oppressive reigning system even as police Colonel Nic Vos (Tim Robbins) further insinuates himself into the Chamussos' lives. Philadelphia: Up-and-coming young lawyer Andrew Beckett (Tom Hanks) has just been fired by his prestigious law firm. They say he hasn't got what it takes. Andrew knows it's because he's got AIDS. Determined to defend his professional reputation Andrew hires fierce brilliant personal-injury attorney Joe Miller (Denzel Washington) to sue his former employers for wrongful dismissal. Joe is initially reluctant to take on the case. Although he as grown up knowing the pain of prejudice he's never had to confront his own prejudices against homosexuality and AIDS...until now. The Shawshank Redemption: City banker Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) arrived at Shawshank Prison in 1947. Convicted of two brutal murders he received a double life sentence and discovers that when they send you to Shawshank State Prison for life that is exactly what they take. Within the confines of Shawshank Andy forms an unlikely friendship with the prison fixer Red (Morgan Freeman). He also becomes popular with the Warden and the prison's guards as Andy is able to use his banking experience to help the corrupt officials amass personal fortunes. With an extraordinary twist in the tale Andy finds that survival comes down to a simple choice: get busy living or get busy dying...
Russell Crowe stars as "Lucky" Jack Aubrey, who pits his crew of the HMS Surprise against a much better armed and ruthless enemy in a chase that takes him all the way to the far side of the world.
Titles Comprise: American Gangster: Drug-kingpin Frank Lucas smuggles heroin into the US by hiding it with the bodies of soldiers killed during battle in Vietnam. By delivering a product that is far superior to his competitors Lucas has rapidly established his status as Harlem's most innovative drug dealer. While Lucas delicately constructs his own criminal empire Richie Roberts (Russell Crowe) one of the few honest detectives in a corrupt system senses a sizeable shift within the hierarchy of the drug underworld and sets out to investigate this hitherto unknown power player that has come out of the shadows to dominate the drug trade. But with Detective Trupo (Josh Brolin) Roberts' crooked and jealous colleague wanting to obstruct and ruin the integrity of his idealistic counterpart Roberts is left with little option other than to take desperate measures to end Lucas' rule in Harlem. Carlito's Way: Sprung from prison on a legal technicality by his cocaine-addled attorney (Sean Penn) former drug kingpin Carlito Brigante (Pacino) stuns the local underworld when he vows to go straight. Taking a job managing a glitzy low-life nightclub he tracks down his onetime girlfriend (Penelope Ann Miller) and rekindles their romance promising he's changed for good. But Carlito's dream of going legitimate is undermined at every turn by murderous former cronies and even deadlier young thugs out to make a name for themselves. Ultimately however his most dangerous enemy is himself. Despite good intentions Carlito's misguided loyalties and an outmoded code of honour will plunge him into a savage life-or-death battle against the relentless forces that refuse to let him go. Casino: Robert De Niro Sharon Stone and Joe Pesci star in Martin Scorsese's riveting look at how blind ambition white-hot passion and 24-carat greed toppled an empire. Las Vegas in 1973 is the setting for this fact-based story about the Mob's multi-million dollar casino operation - where fortunes and lives were made and lost with a roll of the dice... In an era of over-the-top glitz Sam 'Ace' Rothstein (De Niro) is riding high as front man for the Mob's multi-billion dollar Las Vegas operation. To protect their 'investment' the bosses send in Ace's boyhood pal - hot-headed enforcer Nicky Santoro (Pesci). It's a winning hand: Ace's brain and Nicky's muscle... until sexy wildcard Ginger McKenna (Stone) turns up the heat. Public Enemies: Acclaimed filmmaker Michael Mann directs Johnny Depp Christian Bale and Oscar winner Marion Cotillard in the story of Depression-era outlaw John Dillinger: the charismatic bank robber who was relentlessly pursued by renowned FBI agent Melvin Purvis in a legendary game of cat-and-mouse.
Inside the Actors Studio: Leading Men Boxset (De Niro Crowe Pacino Penn)
Ridley Scott (Spy Game)'s American Gangster chronicles the life of a Harlem drug lord (Denzel Washington) and the cop (Russell Crowe) who tried to bring him to justice. Special Features: Exclusive Artwork and Artcard
Films included: Fifteen & Pregnant Based on a true story. Tina Spangler is just another happy kid at fourteen. At fifteen she's pregnant and faces the choices of abortion adoption or the lonely life of a single parent. Abandoned by her boyfriend she has only one person to turn to - her mother a single parent herself. What starts out as a hopeless tale could re-unite this shattered family. The War Bride With all the men away to war Lily (Anna Friel) falls madly in love and marries a handsome Canadian soldier Charlie Travis (Aden Young). But Charlie is shipped off to the front and Lily discovers she's expecting his baby not knowing if she will ever see him alive again. Lily receives instructions from the Canadian Embassy that she is to be shipped across the sea to her new Canadian in-laws. Remember Me Women of Valor For the Moment The Crossing Along for the ride Two Ex-Lovers One Open Road. Patrick Swayze (Dirty Dancing) and Melanie Griffith (Working Girl) are Ben and Lulu. Years ago they had an intense passionate affair a relationship that ended very badly. Now fifteen years later he's a successful married writer who gets a desperate call . . . Lulu needs his help. Chaotic and confused she reveals a huge secret that they alone must deal with. Together on a fiery cross-country journey they will find a new direction that points to their future. Hidden in America Map of the world Sigourney Weaver stars as Alice Goodwin a mother of two and part-time school nurse who has moved from the city to help her husband Howard (David Strathairn) run a farm in rural Wisconsin. Single minded and outspoken Alice has her own way of looking at life and not everyone in the community takes to her. Tragedy strikes when Alice is minding the children of her best friend and neighbour Theresa Collins (Julianne Moore) and Theresa'a two year old daughter Lizzy strays into a pond and drowns. Alice has barely begun to recover from the event which has left her guilt stricken and filled with self hatred when she is arrested and accused of abusing a young boy at her school. Already on the verge of a nervous breakdown she is plunged into an even worse nightmare as she is shunned by the community spat on by her neighbours and left languishing in prison after Howard fails to raise the money for her bail. If Only He loved her like there was no tomorrow Jennifer Love Hewitt stars as a talented young singer/songwriter who's met the love of her life (Paul Nicholls Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason) while studying classical music in London. Unfortunately on the very day they have a major fight she's involved in a terrible accident. But when fate miraculously intervenes her grief-stricken boyfriend gets a second chance to relive the tragic day and hopefully change their destiny in this gripping romantic drama.
Scum: Alan Clarke's Scum shows a vicious system and doesn't pull any of the punches - or kicks - so relentlessly deployed in the battles between rivals in the power stakes that incarceration promotes. It's the brutal story of life in a modern-day Borstal. Run by the violence and cruelty of both inmates and officers the system is a jungle which brutalizes all within its walls. Carlin who has been transferred from another Borstal for retaliation against violent officers is thrown into this human quagmire - and what follows is a harsh and bitter battle for survival. He realises that the only way is by beating the system at its own game and eventually erupts as leader of a bloody climatic riot. Romper Stomper: Violent but never gratuitous emotionally powerful and never afraid to portray the ugly destructive face of prejudice Romper Stomper excites disturbs and boldly challenges the viewer. Its angry raw story about a brutal lawless group of skinheads is a savage kick in the guts. This is no simplistic street-gang film but a rivetting portrayal of the hopelessness and blind hatred of youth that is both controversial and profound. Chopper: An extraordinary movie about an extraordinary man the highly acclaimed and award winning Chopper is the boldest and grittiest Australian film in decades. Brimming with dangerous excitement and stunning innovation the sensational debut of rock director Andrew Dominik is an exhilarating sharp shock to the system revealing the no-holds-barred story of the notorious Oz criminal Mark 'Chopper' Read. Told in flashback as Read serves one of his many prisons sentences this extreme biography charts the brutal carnage and wicked sense of humour of a man who supposedly committed nineteen vicious murders and got away with it. Mixing startling facts from his nine best-selling books including 'How To Shoot Friends and Influence People ' with stylish pulp fiction to paint an astonishing portrait of a larger-than-life legend Chopper is funny fascinating and frightening and features a show-stopping central performance from Eric Bana Australia's top stand-up comedian.
Cinderella Man (2005): James J. Braddock (Russell Crowe) dubbed 'Cinderella Man' was a once-promising light heavyweight for whom a string of losses in the ring and a broken right hand became synonymous with the Great Crash. With one good hand Braddock was forced to labour on the docks of Hoboken while only his manager (Paul Giamatti) still believed in him finding fights for Braddock to help support his wife (Renee Zellweger)and children. One of the sport's oddest couples
American Gangster:Ridley Scott's American Gangster is a brutal, slick, and stylish portrayal of real life cult figure and international drug smuggler Frank Lucas. With tangled webs, deceit, strong aggression, shady characters and sinister plans, American Gangster has the gritty and pleasurable nostalgia of classic gangster films such as The Godfather and Scarface. Drug-kingpin Frank Lucas smuggles heroin into the US by hiding it with the bodies of soldiers killed during battle in Vietnam. By delivering a product that is far superior to his competitors, Lucas has rapidly established his status as Harlem's most innovative drug dealer. While Lucas delicately constructs his own criminal empire, Richie Roberts (Russell Crowe), one of the few honest detectives in a corrupt system, senses a sizeable shift within the hierarchy of the drug underworld and sets out to investigate this hitherto unknown power player that has come out of the shadows to dominate the drug trade. But with Detective Trupo (Josh Brolin), Roberts' crooked and jealous colleague, wanting to obstruct and ruin the integrity of his idealistic counterpart, Roberts is left with little option other than to take desperate measures to end Lucas' rule in Harlem.Academy Award winning lead actors Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe both turn in exhilarating and exceptional performances. With an engrossing story, powerful dialogue, realistic violence, and sharp stylish scenes, American Gangster delivers a complete, memorable, finely made, and richly satisfying crime epic that can be savoured again and again.Carlito's Way : The year is 1975 and former gangster Carlito Brigante has just been released from jail after serving the first five years of a long sentence. Carlito's lawyer David Kleinfeld has discovered a loop hole in the law and this time, Carlito is determined to go straight. He wants to retire to the Bahamas and set up a small business with his girlfriend Gail. All he needs is a stake. Suddenly Kleinfeld comes forward with the perfect proposition. Just a small debt of friendship. Consider it a favour. But if Carlito's learned anything from the streets, it's that a favour will kill you faster than a bullet...Casino: Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone and Joe Pesci star in Director Martin Scorsese's riveting look at how blind ambition, white-hot passion and 24-carat greed toppled an empire. Las Vegas in 1973 is the setting for this fact-based story about the Mob's multi-million dollar casino operation - where fortunes and lives were made and lost with a roll of the dice...
3:10 To Yuma (Dir. James Mangold) (2007):>/b> In Arizona in the late 1800's infamous outlaw Ben Wade (Russell Crowe) and his vicious gang of thieves and murderers plagued the Southern Railroad. When Wade is captured Civil War veteran Dan Evans (Christian Bale) struggling to survive on his drought-plagued ranch volunteers to deliver him alive to the 3:10 to Yuma a train that will take the killer to trial. On the trail Evans and Wade each from very different worlds begin to earn each other's respect. But with Wade's outfit on their trail - and dangers at every turn - the mission soon becomes a violent impossible journey toward each man's destiny. Young Guns (Dir. Christopher Cain) (1988): The year is 1878 Lincoln County. John Tunstall a British ranch owner hires six rebellious boys as ""regulators"" to protect his ranch against the ruthless Santa Fe Ring. When Tunstall is killed in an ambush the Regulators led by the wild-tempered Billy the Kid declare war on the Ring. As their vendetta turns into a bloody rampage they are branded outlaws becoming the targets of the largest manhunt in Western history.
Sam returns home after a lengthy absence to find his girlfriend is having an affair with his best friend. The two friends then end up in a drunken race where the question of who gets the girl will be decided at a train crossing...
Snow White and the Huntsman In this epic action-adventure Kristen Stewart (Twilight) plays the only person in the land fairer than the Evil Queen (Oscar® winner Charlize Theron*) who is out to destroy her. But the one girl threatening the wicked ruler’s reign has been training in the art of war with the very Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth - Thor) dispatched to kill her. Evil now ﬁghts destiny. Robin Hood Academy Award® winner Russell Crowe reunites with legendary Gladiator director RIDLEY SCOTT for epic action adventure in Robin Hood. Discover the untold story of the man behind the legend as Robin a heroic warrior turns outlaw when he assembles a band of skilled marauders to confront injustice and lead an uprising against a weak and corrupt English King. When the rebellious hero falls for the spirited Lady Marion (Academy Award® winner Cate Blanchett) he must ﬁrst save her village and then confront a growing storm of threats from near and afar if he is to win her heart. As Robin and his men answer a call to ever-greater adventure these unlikely heroes set oﬀ to battle for their country and return England to glory ... and ride into Legend. Snow White and the Huntsman In this epic action-adventure Kristen Stewart (Twilight) plays the only person in the land fairer than the Evil Queen (Oscar® winner Charlize Theron*) who is out to destroy her. But the one girl threatening the wicked ruler’s reign has been training in the art of war with the very Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth - Thor) dispatched to kill her. Evil now ﬁghts destiny. Robin Hood Academy Award® winner Russell Crowe reunites with legendary Gladiator director RIDLEY SCOTT for epic action adventure in Robin Hood. Discover the untold story of the man behind the legend as Robin a heroic warrior turns outlaw when he assembles a band of skilled marauders to confront injustice and lead an uprising against a weak and corrupt English King. When the rebellious hero falls for the spirited Lady Marion (Academy Award® winner Cate Blanchett) he must ﬁrst save her village and then confront a growing storm of threats from near and afar if he is to win her heart. As Robin and his men answer a call to ever-greater adventure these unlikely heroes set oﬀ to battle for their country and return England to glory ... and ride into Legend. Snow White & The Huntsman Bonus Features: Snow White & The Huntsman: Extended Feature Commentary Theatrical Feature Commentary with Director Rupert Sanders Visual Effects Supervisor Cedric Nicolas-Troyan and Co-Editor Neil Smith A New Legend is Born Citizens of the Kingdom - Fairest of Them All: Snow White Citizens of the Kingdom - Deliciously Evil: Queen Ravenna Citizens of the Kingdom - The Huntsman Citizens of the Kingdom - Motley Crew: The Dwarves 360 Degree Set Views; U-control Picture In Picture - Theatrical Commentary Reinventing the Fairytale The Magic of 'Snow White and the Huntsman' Robin Hood Bonus Features: Robin Hood: Theatrical Feature Director's Notebook Picture In Picture The Art of Nottingham
A slow burning, yet entirely gripping, mobster film, American Gangster pits Denzel Washingtons Frank Lucas against Russell Crowes law enforcer Richie Roberts. Spread over a necessarily prolonged running time, their story is then brutally, expertly, told. And while American Gangster isnt in the league of prime Scorsese and Coppolla classics (such as Goodfellas and The Godfather), its the nearest weve come in quite some time to something of that ilk. Its all based on a true story, which does mean you need to forgive it some of its obvious narrative conventions, yet this also lends it a gravitas that the film eagerly makes the most of. Its great too to see British director Ridley Scott tackling meatier material again. This is the man, after all, who gave us Blade Runner, Alien and Gladiator, and he duly delivers with American Gangster. His finest work it isnt, but an engrossing, explosive and hard-as-nails drama it absolutely is. Whats more, American Gangster is powered by two of the finest leading men working in Hollywood right now, and its terrific to see Washington and Crowe on top form here. And while in cinematic terms its hardly a film that treads new ground, its nonetheless a proper, grown-up and engrossing movie, and a very good one at that. --Jon Foster
Russell Crowe holds the distinction of having received three Best Actor Oscar nominations in three consecutive years for his portrayal of Dr. Jeffrey Wigand in The Insider Maximus Decimus Meridius in Gladiator for which he won the Academy Award and Nobel Prize winner John Nash in A Beautiful Mind all of it accomplished within a few years of his arrival in America from Australia. A remarkable combination of the classical British and realistic American traditions he has found a home in American cinema as both movie star and actor and as rebel personified by his rock and roll career and artistic talent embodied forever in the unique characters he has created. Russell Crowe is a private individual guarding himself from the journalistic spotlight.
Titles Comprise:Robin Hood: Russell Crowe stars as the legendary figure known by generations as Robin Hood, whose exploits have endured in popular mythology and ignited the imagination of those who share his spirit of adventure and righteousness. In 13th century England, Robin and his band of marauders confront corruption in a local village and lead an uprising against the crown that will forever alter the balance of world power. And whether thief or hero, one man from humble beginnings will become an eternal symbol of freedom for his people.The film chronicles the life of an expert archer, previously interested only in self-preservation, from his service in King Richard's army against the French. Upon Richard's death, Robin travels to Nottingham, a town suffering from the corruption of a despotic sheriff and crippling taxation, where he falls for the spirited widow Lady Marion (Cate Blanchett), a woman sceptical of the identity and motivations of this crusaderfrom the forest. Hoping to earn the hand of Maid Marian and salvage the village, Robin assenbles a gang whose lethal mercanary skills are matched only by its appetite for life. Together, they begin preying on the indulgent upper class to correct injustices under the sheriff.With their country weakened from decades of war, embattled from the ineffective rule of the new king and vulnerable to insurgencies from within and threats from afar, Robin and his men heed a call to ever greater adventure. This unlikeliest of heroes and his allies set off to protect their country from slipping into bloody civil war and return to glory to England once more. Gladiator: The great Roman General Maximus (Russell Crowe - LA Confidential) has once again led the legions to victory on the battlefield. The war won, Maximus dreams of home, wanting only to return to his wife and son; however, the dying Emperor Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris) has one more duty for the general - to assume the mantle of his power.Jealous of Maximus' favour with the Emperor, the heir to the throne, Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix Walk The Line), orders his execution - and that of his family. Barely escaping death, Maximus is forced into slavery and trained as a gladiator in the arena where his fame grows.Now he has come to Rome, intent on avenging the murder of his wife and son by killing the new emperor; Commodus...Spartacus: Stanley Kubrick's film tells the tale of Spartacus, the bold gladiator slave and Virinia, the woman who believed in his cause. Challenged by the power-hungry General Crassus, Spartacus is forced to face his convictions and the power of Imperial Rome at its glorious height. A classic, inspirational true account of one man's struggle for freedom, Spartacus combines history with spectacle to recreate a moving drama of love and commitment.
Fistfights Swordfights Streetfights Gunfights Girlfights Gangfights...And More! A Knockout Collection of 16 Incredible Fights From: 'Blade' 'Scarface' 'Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon' 'Snatch' 'Fist Of Legend' 'Gladiator' 'Legend Of Drunken Master' 'Black Mask' 'They Live' 'The Killer' 'First Blood' ...And More!
Set in the Roman chariot days of films like 'Ben Hur' and 'Spartacus' and in which a Roman general is the presiding Caesar's most fearsome and respected warrior. When Caesar Aurelius Marcus dies suddenly his son Commodus imprisons General Maximus - the most successful and popular of his late father's court. Maximus finds himself in the gladiators arena fighting for his life - but soon becomes triumphant and the most famed gladiator of the time. He then uses his influence to weaken Commodus' weak grasp on the Roman Empire. Threatened Commodus challenges Maximus to a trial in the Arena... Special Features: Feature Commentary
The book was better" has been the complaint of many a reader since the invention of movies. Frank Darabont's second adaptation of a Stephen King prison drama The Green Mile (The Shawshank Redemption was the first) is a very faithful adaptation of King's serial novel. In the middle of the Depression, Paul Edgecomb (Tom Hanks) runs death row at Cold Mountain Penitentiary. Into this dreary world walks a mammoth prisoner, John Coffey (Michael Duncan) who, very slowly, reveals a special gift that will change the men working and dying on the mile. With Darabont's superior storytelling abilities, his touch for perfect casting, and a leisurely 188-minute running time, his movie brings to life nearly every character and scene from the novel. Darabont even improves the novel's two endings, creating a more emotionally satisfying experience. --Doug Thomas, Amazon.comPay It Forward is a multi-level marketing scheme of the heart. Beginning as a seventh-grade class assignment to put into action an idea that could change the world, young Trevor McKinney (Haley Joel Osment) comes up with a plan to do good deeds for three people who then by way of payment each must do good turns for three other people. These nine people also must pay it forward and so on, ad infinitum. If successful, the resulting network of do-gooders ought to comprise the entire world. While this could have turned into unmitigated schmaltz, the acting elevates this film to mitigated schmaltz. By turns powerful and measured, the performances of Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt, and Haley Joel Osment can't make up for the many missteps in a screenplay that sanitises the look of the lower-middle class and expects us to believe that homeless alcoholics and junkies speak in the elevated manner of grad students. One may wonder how it would have been handled by the likes of Frank Capra, who could balance sentiment with humour, clearly Capra would never have let the ending of his version to take the nosedive into cliché and pathos that director Mimi Leder has allowed in this film. --Jim Gay, Amazon.comWhen someone in Proof of Life says "Don't leave me hanging", you can bet they're going to be left hanging. There's little room for delicacy in Tony Gilroy's screenplay, adapted from an article by William Prochnau and the book Long March to Freedom by kidnapping survivor Thomas Hargrove. A hint of romance between Russell Crowe (the soldier-turned-"K&R") and Meg Ryan adds tension as the story shifts back and forth to David Morse's captivity. Avoiding that pitfall, director Taylor Hackford crafts the plot as a latter-day Casablanca that unfolds on a grander canvas (at stunning locations in Ecuador) while favouring an exciting rescue-mission climax over the tragedy of an ill-timed affair. It might have worked better as a straightforward macho action flick (with David Caruso doing lively work as Crowe's gung-ho K&R cohort), but Proof of Life effectively conveys the two-sided torment of a hostage crisis. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com
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