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Proof (2005)

PG-13 | | Drama, Mystery | 7 October 2005 (USA)
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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.

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John Madden

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David Auburn (play), David Auburn (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 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
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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. Written by B.B.

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Things that are intangible are difficult to prove - sanity, love and faith See more »

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Drama | Mystery

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual content, language and drug references | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dokaz See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$193,840, 18 September 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$7,524,766, 20 November 2005
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2.35 : 1
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The role of Catherine was originated by Mary-Louise Parker in 2000 at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York. Her performance won her a 2001 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play and a 2001 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play. See more »

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Catherine's arm changes position when Claire talks about vegetarian chili. See more »

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[first lines]
Robert: [stirring her out of a dream] Can't sleep?
Catherine: Oh, Jesus! Oh, you scared me.
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Features Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003) See more »

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Inhaler
(1997)
Written by Dave Warrin (as D Warrin), John Warrin (as J Warrin), Guy Gershoni (as G Gershoni) (California Soul-SESAC)
Performed by Slide Five
1997 © (p) Ubiquity Recordings Inc.
All Rights Reserved
Licensed courtesy of Ubiquity Recordings, Inc.
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Not totally convincing, but enjoyable and well done
14 January 2010 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

Proof (2005)

By the end, the pieces that worked made up for those that didn't. The movie was simple enough to hold together and subtle enough to make it interesting and, well, enjoyable. A father and daughter pair of math geniuses, and their mental anguish as well as their triumphs of doing good math, make for a heartwarming plot, and a fairly intimate one. It's not blown out of proportion--if anything, it pulls back on the some of the idiosyncrasies these kinds of people would show to each other and to the world.

The premise is a bit limited, in a way, a kind of trap because it has one theme--the possible final amazing proof the father may have left behind in one of his many journals--and the director, John Madden, plays it out with methodical precision. The lead actors have to hold it together, and Gwenyth Paltrow is commanding, for sure, even though more restrained than another actress would have been in the same shoes. Anthony Hopkins, as the father, is equally in control, and if a caricature of sorts, a convincing one. Most impressive, to the point of actual agitation, is the daughter's sister, played by Hope Davis, and when she arrives the movie perks up but also gets under your skin, as it should, and you want to scream at her. The one weakness is the boyfriend in it all, a dull and very un-math-like hunk, Jake Gyllenhaal.

The plot does matter very much, and it takes a couple of beautiful twists that are worth the wait. And the pace is agreeable, to use a mild word--it's not an exciting film, but with all the flashbacks and pretty scenes at night and so on, it's a enjoyable one.


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