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Proof (2005)

Anthony Hopkins , Gwyneth Paltrow , John Madden  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 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 (127 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JNM3
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,048 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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33 of 39 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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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
PROOF is one of those rare films that transfers a superb play directly to the screen without losing a bit of the power of the play, but enhancing the story with the advantages of the camera. With a tough story like this one it takes a brilliant cast and director to fine-tune the work and in this instance it all works to perfection.

The story is well known from all the PR of the theatrical screening: recounting it in a review does not add or subtract the importance of the film or the experience of the viewer. The premise, mathematician Robert (Anthony Hopkins) and his caretaker daughter Catherine (Gweneth Paltrow) who also is an uncommonly bright 27-year-old mathematics mind and has spent the glowing years of her youth caring for her recently deceased father. They converse in flashbacks, a means of realizing the closeness of their bond emotionally, mentally, and probably parallel mental illness proclivities. Robert left notebooks filled with thoughts and clues to a complex mathematical proof and Hal (Jake Gyllenhaal), a devoted admirer of Robert's genius, is organizing the thoughts and deciphering the meanings of Robert's scribblings. Catherine's estranged sister Claire (Hope Davis) arrives to 'settle' the matters left by Robert's demise and becomes the camera that brings focus to the fact that Catherine has inherited not only her father's genius but his mental fragility as well. How this quartet - Robert, Catherine, Hal, Claire - serve to unravel the findings of Robert's (and Catherine's) legacy is the essence of this gripping tale.

A more powerful group of actors for this film would be difficult to find.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month ago by dh
4.0 out of 5 stars NICE FILM WELL DONE



Published 3 months ago by WJL61
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film!
Enjoyed watching this film since its arrival. Gwyneth Paltrow and Anthony Hopkins are superb in this, as well as all other actors and actresses who perform. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Alex
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Version of a Great PLay
I often teach the play 'Proof,' and my students really love seeing clips from the film version. Some scenes are added and others switched around, but it's still a great version.
Published 4 months ago by Cariola
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Story, Hard to Follow
Story is good, but the skipping back and forth between past and present is overdone. Talented actors barely make up for the hopping back and forth in time. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Silver City Slim
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
This was a very intense movie, the actor's were phenomenal, question was did she or didn't. I must say that the question was answered with a surprise.
Published 6 months ago by James M. Skinner
5.0 out of 5 stars Different kind of drama
I liked this movie first of all because I am a math geek and there just aren't enough movies/social depictions of math geeks. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jennifer Mann
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