Proof

September 30th, 2005







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Plot
The daughter of a brilliant but mentally disturbed mathematician, recently deceased, tries to come to grips with her possible inheritance: his insanity. Complicating matters are one of her father's ex-students who wants to search through his papers and her estranged sister who shows up to help settle his affairs.

Release Year: 2005

Rating: 6.8/10 (22,982 voted)

Critic's Score: 64/100

Director: John Madden

Stars: Gwyneth Paltrow, Anthony Hopkins, Hope Davis

Storyline
The daughter of a brilliant but mentally disturbed mathematician (recently deceased) tries to come to grips with her possible inheritance: his insanity. Complicating matters are one of her father's ex-students who wants to search through his papers and her estranged sister who shows up to help settle his affairs.

Writers: David Auburn, David Auburn

Cast:
Gwyneth Paltrow - Catherine
Anthony Hopkins - Robert
Jake Gyllenhaal - Harold Dobbs - Hal
Danny McCarthy - Cop
Hope Davis - Claire
Tobiasz Daszkiewicz - Limo Driver (as Tobiacz Daszkiewicz)
Gary Houston - Professor Barrow
Anne Wittman - Friend at Party
Leigh Zimmerman - Friend at Party
Colin Stinton - Theoretical Physicist
Leland Burnett - Band Vocalist
John Keefe - University Friend
Chipo Chung - University Friend
C. Gerod Harris - University Friend (as C Gerod Harris)
Roshan Seth - Professor Bhandari

Taglines: Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning play by David Auburn



Details

Official Website: Miramax [United States] |

Release Date: 30 September 2005

Filming Locations: Chicago, Illinois, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $193,840 (USA) (18 September 2005) (8 Screens)

Gross: $7,524,766 (USA) (20 November 2005)



Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:
Lead actress Gwyneth Paltrow actually presented Mary-Louise Parker with the Tony Award for Best Actres in a Play for her performance in the Broadway version of "Proof".

Goofs:
Continuity: The way Robert holds the book changes when he wants Catherine to read the proof.

Quotes:
[first lines]
Robert: [stirring her out of a dream] Can't sleep?
Catherine: Oh, Jesus! Oh, you scared me.



User Review

Madden + Paltrow = Something Good. Proof? Proof.

Rating: 9/10

This film is about death, love, and mental incapacity. There are bound to be endless clichés, comparisons, and parallels drawn with Ron Howard's "A Beautiful Mind", so I won't go there.

In the end, this film is all about Gwyneth Paltrow.

She is on screen at least 80% of this film. Her character dances between mourning, anger, remorse, confusion, fear, vulnerability, sadness, and just a little bit of love. There are very dramatic changes in emotion from moment to moment, and Paltrow pulls it off brilliantly.

Sir Anthony Hopkins role, while relatively small, is crucial to the film. His performance was good, but not great. But it didn't really matter, as Proof is all about Paltrow. Hope Davis and Jake Gyllenhaal also gave solid performances, but their as with Hopkin's role were really nothing more than support Paltrow.

The biggest disappointment for me was the almost total lack of any 'real' mathematics. For a film that revolves around brilliant mathematical proofs, there's an almost painful scarcity of and real math in the film. There are shots of seemingly random equations scrawled across paper or a blackboard, and the odd conversation making reference to some known mathematical law or theorem, but I would have liked more.

IF you want a happy film, go see something else. If you want a mindless film, go see something else. If you want a typical love story, go see something else. If you want an intelligent well written and presented story of substance involving a a character experiencing a roller-coaster of emotions, Proof may be for you.









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