Proof of Life

Synopsis: Americans Alice and Peter Bowman have traveled from third world country to third world country working on humanitarian projects. They are currently in Tecala, a country nestled in the Andes, as Peter, an engineer, has been hired by QUAD Carbon, an oil company - the moral "enemy" - to lead a project to construct a dam to prevent what is the constant flooding in the country. Alice and Peter eventually learn that QUAD Carbon cares nothing about the dam, which is just a smoke-screen to get an oil pipeline approved and built. Despite loving each other, they have had problems in the marriage of late because of being in Tecala, where Alice has not been able to find her place, and needing to deal with the aftermath of Alice's recent miscarriage. On his way to work one day, Peter, along with a group of others, are random kidnap victims of left wing guerrillas, the Liberation Army of Tecala (ELT), whose reason for being has changed from a political agenda to a monetary one, primarily getting sai
Director(s): Taylor Hackford
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  5 nominations.
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135 min

This is the conclusive Kidnap andRansom

Report for Mr. Pierre Lenoir.




We were contracted by AGP underwriters

who insured the victim.

Mr. Lenoir was abducted January 21

from Russian-held territory... members ofthe Chechen

Nationalist Militia.

Their first demand was for $5million.

My ability to negotiate directly

with the Chechens...

...was subverted

by Russian military command...

...who monitoredmy every move.

After 36 days...

...lhadnegotiated the finalransom figure

down to $750,000.

Finalproofoflife was received

midnight Wednesday, February 27.

The next morning,

l was informedby the Russians...

...that I wouldbeprohibited

from personally delivering the ransom.

Any confidence that these men

would deliver the ransom money...

...andreturn the hostage safely, had,

by this point, been dissipated.

Tell your colonel...'s his responsibility now.

He's got his orders. He fucks about...

...l'll be the least of his problems.

Factoring the time-sensitive interests

of the group holding Lenoir...

...the limited communication available

with the London office...

...and the Russian insistence...

...that they, and they alone,

deliver the ransom payment.

lmade the decision

that there was simply no alternative...

...but to give the Russians

exactly what they wanted.

Knowing that l'dretain possession

ofthe ransom money...

...l'dmanaged to contact

the Chechens privately.

We hadagreed to rendezvous

at an alternative location.

Transport options in this area are limited.


So I did the best that I could.

The group holding Mr. Lenoir...

...was responsible for a dozen kidnappings

over thepast two years.

This is a battle-testedguerrilla militia.

They are well-armed,

highly mobile and extremely unpredictable.

Mr. Lenoir was found to be

in an excellent state ofhealth...

...considering the circumstances.

l sent the Russians away.

l don't know how much time we've got.

Following a review ofthe ransom payment.

Mr. Lenoir was released into our care.

The success ofthis extraction depended on

a brisk, timely, transfer schedule.

We were, however, not quite fast enough.


Come in hot, Joe. This place is going loud!

Evac emergency RV. Repeat, ERV.

Airborne, I have a visual!

There are two dead trees

in the center of the field.

l'm 50 yards to the west of the south tree.

Don't give me any sh*t, Joseph.

l've got injured cargo. Get your ass down!


This extraction didn't go down well

for the Chechens or our Russian hosts.

As a result... ability to function as a Kidnap

andRansom consultant in the area...

...has been permanently compromised.

Mr. Lenoir was examined

by mobile medical...

...and as per

his insurance company's request...

...transported to Athens yesterday

for surgical treatment.

At this time, we have contracts

with all three insurance underwriters...

...holding K and R policies

in the west-Asian, post-Soviet republics.

This area is clearly

in a critical state of transition...

...and demands

the most vigorous security precautions.

What did they bill last year,

our three underwriters?

Total premium?

-$28 million.

-And the ransom total?

Paid out on policies?

$26 million.

Bloody hell.

Set up some premium meetings.

Wave the red flag a bit.

Excellent job, Terry. Thank you.

As always, outstanding.


Where are we next? Pakistan?



Peter, is that you?

Baby, it's me.

Can you hear me? lt's about tonight.

l'm shopping for dinner.

The goodnews is, l'll definitely be back.

Yeah? Go on.

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Tony Gilroy

Anthony Joseph "Tony" Gilroy is an American screenwriter and filmmaker. He wrote the screenplays for the Bourne series starring Matt Damon, among other successful films, and directed the fourth film of the franchise. more…

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