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Proof (2005)

Anthony Hopkins , Gwyneth Paltrow , John Madden  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 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 (132 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JNM3
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,892 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Proof" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 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
Format:DVD
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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars appreciate it for the writing. March 17, 2007
Format:DVD
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Than Beautiful Mind 2 April 17, 2006
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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars better than I expected! August 24, 2006
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Having seen the play (with Liza Weil as Catherine, using the same unique tone --melancholic/bitter/superior/anxious-- of voice that she uses on "Gilmore Girls"), I thought the movie would only be mediocre. Instead, I really enjoyed it. Such a contrast in characters, especially between Catherine and her older sister. I loved the scene on the porch when her sister is asking her if she tried the shampoo she bought for her. "It's supposed to make your hair healthy," she tells her.

"Hair's dead," Catherine replies.

But the sister goes on and on about how great it is, it's organic ("but organics can be chemicals," notes Catherine) and blah blah blah. So true. It's amazing how her sister can go on and on about such irrelevant things.

Grrrr to those who were skeptical that a young WOMAN could solve difficult proofs. Viewers can see how tough it is to live in the shadow of a genius parent (or sibling, for that matter - her sister was "successful" in her own way). It's rare for other people to accept you at (and above) that genius level, but sometimes it works the other way; if you have an older sibling who excels in some area, others might expect you to be just as smart.

But mostly, I think that if Catherine had been male, it would have been easier for many to view her as the legitimate author of the proof.

Hopkins was excellent. I'm never too thrilled with Paltrow, but she was ok for this one - though it was harder for me to accept her as a math genius at the start of the movie. By the end, I felt that she was somewhat on that level, but I think I replaced her with Liza Weil's exquisite, intelligent depression in my imagination.
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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 26 days 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 1 month 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 2 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 2 months ago by Robert Pylant
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 3 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 4 months ago by Michael W Holmquist
3.0 out of 5 stars Moderately Good Movie
Acting is choppy. Editing is somewhat confusing. Overall, decent effort, but wouldn't watch this again. Liked the play much better.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Review: Proof with Anthony Hopkins
I enjoyed the movie. Its cast alone was the motivating factor for buying the movie: Anthony Hokins, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Hope Davis.
Published 5 months ago by Buyer
3.0 out of 5 stars It was okay
It was a bit dark. Anything with Anthony Hopkins demands a viewing. Good performances but I did not feel drawn in.
Published 5 months ago by dh
4.0 out of 5 stars NICE FILM WELL DONE
I WOULD RECOMED

THIS TO ANYONE WHO WANTS A BETTER THAN AVG

FILM RATED ON AMAZON, MOST OF THE RATINGS ARE GARBAGE

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Published 6 months ago by WJL61
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