Lambcast #653 Proof of Life MOTM

by Richard Kirkham · September 12, 2022 · Featured, LAMBcast, MOTM · No Comments

In an overwhelming vote manufactured by the proud champion of this film, the 2000 Russell Crowe/Meg Ryan drama “Proof of Life” was chosen as the September MOTM. The movie is best remembered not for the action scenes, or the political perspective on South American politics, but rather for the brief affair of the two stars which brought to a close the marriage of Ryan to actor Dennis Quaid.

For the most part, our guests on today’s show focused on the grim plot, which features Crowe as a “K & R” expert [Kidnapping and Recovery], who assists Ryan in trying to recover her husband, played by actor David Morse. Roger Wistar of the Roadhouse Minute Podcast directed the discussion and also explains why he wanted to talk about this film so much.

Our crew of Nick Rehak, Jess Manzo, and Stephen Palmer speculate on what might have been cut out of the film, subsequent to the tabloid exploitation of the Crowe/Ryan relationship. Was there a love scene missing? Surprisingly, there was some consensus that what was missing was chemistry on screen between the stars. There are missed opportunities that our guests did not miss when they zeroed on on what might have gone wrong to cause this film to miss with audiences twenty two years ago.

If you are trying to quit a nicotine habit, this might not be a film you are going to want to subject yourself to. Ham radio operators on the other hand will love the long distance negotiations . Finally, if you are a David Caruso hater, there is scenery chewing and some surprisingly effective combat action to give you something to chew on.


Discussion 3:00

Lambscores 54:00

Rants/Raves/Reviews 58:15

Credit Countdown With Russel Crowe Game 1:09:25

Plugs 1:20:14

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