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Proof (2005)

Anthony Hopkins , Gwyneth Paltrow , John Madden  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Anthony Hopkins, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jake Gyllenhaal, Hope Davis, Roshan Seth
  • Directors: John Madden
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Miramax
  • DVD Release Date: February 14, 2006
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JNM3
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,122 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Proof" on IMDb

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  • Deleted scenes with optional commentary
  • From Stage to Screen: The Making of Proof

Editorial Reviews

From the acclaimed director of SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, PROOF stars Oscar(R) winners Gwyneth Paltrow (Best Actress, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, 1998) and Anthony Hopkins (Best Actor, SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, 1991), along with Jake Gyllenhaal (JARHEAD, BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN) and Hope Davis (ABOUT SCHMIDT). It's a powerful story of a young woman haunted by her father's past and the shadow of her own future. Catherine (Paltrow) has devoted years to caring for her brilliant but mentally unstable father, Robert (Hopkins), a mathematical genius. But when his genius slips away, he leaves behind a mystery that affects her life ... and her own sanity. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Riveting drama February 16, 2006
Proof of a mathematical equation and proof of madness are the two driving forces in John Madden's film. Catherine (Gwyneth Paltrow) who cared for her brilliant mathematician father Robert (Anthony Hopkins) is afraid that she's inherited his other "gift"-mental illness. Catherine cared for her father Robert during the end. When Claire (Hope Davis) Catherine's sister arrives home for the funeral she expresses concern for Catherine's mental state. Catherine begins to doubt her own teetering sanity. Robert's assistant Hal (Jake Gyllenhaal) rummages around Robert's papers the night before and after the funeral trying to find an important equation her father was working on before he died. Featuring a group of strong performances, "Proof" is a compelling drama about grief, madness and emotional seclusion. Although Madden's drama suffers from the stage origins of the play but the emotional high wire act the cast performs makes it worthwhile. Whether or not there's "proof" of this film being a "great" film is based on how drawn into the drama you are by the appealing cast. A warning about some of the other reviews here--there good reviews but some of them have spoilers that give away a lot of the plot of the film. If you want to be surpised and enjoy the ride then I'd suggest you skip reading these reviews.

"Proof" looks extremely good here with natural skin tones, sharp image quality and nice definition. The 5.1 audio isn't exactly designed for the format since this a dialogue driven film but there is nice ambient sounds evident in the other speakers.

A clinical but interesting commentary track by John Madden is interesting to listen to but would have been enlightened by the cast's contribution.
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5.0 out of 5 stars appreciate it for the writing. March 17, 2007
It's interesting that most people tend to have a problem with the screenplay for this movie, when it is almost word for word the stage play, which is renowned for its elegance and simplicity. Perhaps the issue comes up in the flashbacks and the ending, both of which disagree with the play. Still, as a stage adaptation to film, Proof does the job beautifully. The characters remain true to their original 2-dimensionality; it is the apparent lack of emotion that actually lends itself to intense feelings from the viewer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Affecting performance by Paltrow January 16, 2007
John Madden, who directed Shakespeare in Love (1998), and David Auburn, who wrote the script (adapted from his play), have put together a moving story about mathematical genius admixed with mental instability much in the manner of the life of John Nash who was the subject of A Beautiful Mind (2001).

Nash was a paranoid schizophrenic who was tormented by voices in his head warning him of dangers and conspiracies that didn't exist. Like Nash, Robert (Anthony Hopkins) is a brilliant mathematician who, having done spectacular work in his early twenties, goes crazy. Unlike Nash he is never able to regain control of "the machinery," as he calls his mind, and is never able to do any worthwhile work again.

Or is he? As he is taken care of by his mathematically astute daughter, Catherine (Gwyneth Paltrow in a most affecting and beguiling performance) he fills scores of notebooks with intense writings. At one point he seems in remission and at another point Catherine rushes home to find him in out in the backyard in the middle of a snowy night fired with enthusiasm about his latest work. At another point, he and Catherine work together on a project. And herein lies the crux of the matter. As we discover, this project turns out to be a proof of a difficult mathematical theorem or conjecture that will be internationally celebrated if it is correct.

Jake Gyllenhaal plays Hal, one of Robert's students who is going through his mentor's papers in the hope of discovering something wonderful. Catherine tells him that among the 103 notebooks that her father filled during his days of mental instability there is not a single one that has anything of value in it. But when Hal wins her heart she produces a notebook that was locked away in a drawer.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Than Beautiful Mind 2 April 17, 2006
It's easy to dismiss "Proof" as a "Beautiful Mind 2." But it's a film that has stayed with me and left a lasting impression. For me, that's an indication of quality.

Director John Madden ("Capt. Corelli's Mandolin) re-unites with the star Gwyneth Paltrow from 1998's "Shakespeare in Love" that resulted in a Best Director nomination for him and a Best Actress Oscar for her. Paltrow got glowing reviews for her performance as Catherine in David Auburn's play on the West End stage in London. The mathematics-laden premise translates fairly well to screen.

At times we are confused. First, it seems that Anthony Hopkins is real and helping his daughter celebrate her birthday. Then we learn through her dialogue with Jake Gyllenhaal's character Hal that Catherine's father was a brilliant mathematician who suffered from mental illness and has died. Gyllenhaal who came off a very hot year with an Oscar nomination for "Brokeback Mountain" and a lead performance in "Jarheads" seems very likeable here. Even so, we're unsure if he's using Catherine or if he's cultivating a relationship.

There was a little film called "The Secret Life of Dentists" that starred Hope Davis as a dentist having an affair. She gave a complex albeit less than likeable performance, much as she does here as Claire, Catherine's sister who is persuaded that like their dad, Catherine is also losing her mind. With films like "The Daytrippers" & "Next Stop Wonderland," she's creating an interesting body of work.

Although there are some strange notes in the film such as Hal's band that seems to invade their party, it's the relationships between the characters that make the film memorable. A daughter's connection to her father that is strong can inspire her for a lifetime.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good movie
Published 21 days ago by bill
4.0 out of 5 stars I like neat tidy endings
I like neat tidy endings, otherwise I would have given this great movie five stars. I thought the acting was superb.
Published 28 days ago by eli
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
it was ok and on time
Published 28 days ago by David
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Waste of time.
Published 1 month ago by John Mason
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed the ease of viewing instead of purchasing something I ...
Purchased to review for a class. enjoyed the ease of viewing instead of purchasing something I may not watch again.
Published 3 months ago by Norbeck
4.0 out of 5 stars Proof
In a world where violence, over stimulation, loudness, from an industry that thrives on special effects mostly, every
so often a movie appears with real substance that can... Read more
Published 3 months ago by JamesFin
5.0 out of 5 stars Proof
A great and entertaining movie for the whole family. Passionate performance for Gwyneth Paltrow, Jake Gyillenhaal, and the great Anthony Hopkins.
Published 5 months ago by Joyce A. Kierstead
4.0 out of 5 stars Proof will never achieve a cult statis but I enjoyed the movie very...
This is one of those feel good movies. Her Fathers a Mathamatician (sp?) and so is she.
Though I don't want to give the plot away lets, just say she's better than her father... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Devils.Advocate666
5.0 out of 5 stars Proof
A great story and I thoroughly enjoyed watching this movie. It had a great cast and a great plot. A movie worth sitting down and watching from start to finish.
Published 6 months ago by Nita Tischendorf
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
The dvd came promptly and in great shape. It would have got 5 stars if it came before I ordered it or was free!! LOL
Published 7 months ago by Michael W Holmquist
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