Proof of Life
Proof of Life is a 2000 thriller directed by Taylor Hackford (Against All Odds) that stars Russell Crowe as Terry Thorne, a K&R (Kidnapping and Ransom) specialist and former member of the Australian Special Air Service Regiment who is assigned to negotiate the return of building engineer Peter Bowman (David Morse). While overseeing the construction of a dam in a fictional South American country, Bowman was kidnapped by the country's left-wing insurgency, known as the ELT. In its fictitious political history, operational patterns, and sources of revenue, the ELT is portrayed as extremely similar to the FARC in Colombia. During the course of the negotiations, Thorne unexpectedly finds himself getting emotionally involved with the engineer's wife (Meg Ryan).
The following weapons appear in the film Proof of Life:
A Beretta 92FS is drawn by Arturo Fernandez (Mario Ernesto Sánchez) until it is stripped out of his hands by Thorne (Russell Crowe). What appears to be a Beretta is seen in the holster of a Tecala police officer who is ambushed by the ELT.
The personal sidearm carried by Terry Thorne (Russell Crowe) is a Colt Commander. He pulls it on Arturo Fernandez's group and later gives it to Peter Bowman (David Morse) during the rescue. There must have been two different weapons used, because when he first pulls it, the pistol is fitted with Novak-style sights.
One of Fernandez's cronies uses a Glock 17, but never gets to fire it.
Smith & Wesson Model 681
Another of Fernandez's cronies is armed with a Smith & Wesson Model 681.
Benelli M1 Super 90 "Entry"
Dino (David Caruso) scares away Arturo and his associates with his Benelli M1 Super 90 "Entry" and then walks patrol with it. The weapon is later seen at his hideout on a gun rack along with a Heckler & Koch G36K and a Steyr Scout.
An ELT member guarding the rebel camp during the hostage rescue sequence is armed with a Remington 870 shotgun.
An ELT rebel disguised as a police officer uses an IMI Uzi during the kidnapping scene.
Skbk wz.89 Onyks
What appears to be the AKS-74U is seen in the hands of Russian soldiers, Chechen rebels and several ELT members. It should be noted that since the Chechen scenes were filmed in Poland, the AKS-74U's present in those scenes are actually Skbk wz.89 Onyks carbines, inspired by AKS-74U but equipped with different muzzle brake and the addition of the three round burst mode.
An ELT guerrilla is briefly seen with an Armalite AR-18 during the kidnapping scene.
FN-FAL rifles are used by ELT members throughout the film.
CETME Model LC
The CETME Model LC is used by a few ELT members.
Heckler & Koch G36K
IMI Galil ARM
The Israeli-made Galil ARM can be seen being used by ELT rebels throughout the film.
During the hostage rescue, every member of Terry's team with the exception of "Downtown 3" is armed with a M4A1 carbine.
M4 with M203 underbarrel grenade launcher
A M4 carbine with M203 grenade launcher is used by "Uptown 2" during the rescue, and then by Dino when "Downtown 3" is injured and he goes to find him.
Norinco Model 311
An ELT rebel is armed with a Norinco Model 311, a Chinese copy of the M16A1.
Numerous ELT rebels are armed with Colt Carbine variants.
Colt Model 733
A Colt Model 733 is briefly seen when Peter is kidnapped by the ELT.
M16A1 rifles are used by various ELT rebels. At least one has A2 handguards.
M16A1 with M203 underbarrel grenade launcher
An ELT rebel is briefly seen with a M16A1 with M203 grenade launcher.
M16A2 rifles, distinguished by their shell deflectors and forward assists, are used by a few ELT rebels.
One of the Russian soldiers atop a BMP-1 armored personnel carrier in the introduction is holding a SVD Dragunov.
A Steyr Scout can be seen on the far right in Dino's gun rack.
DShK Heavy Machine Gun
An authentic DShK heavy machine gun is used by Chechen rebels during the opening credits sequence.
The RPK light machine gun is seen in the hands of a few ELT members.
FN Minimi Para
A Paratrooper model of the FN Minimi is briefly seen when the ELT members escorting Peter meet a group of their comrades.
An FN Minimi is seen used by "Downtown 3", one of Dino's Panama crew. The Minimi is fitted with an M249-style heat shield. The expert handling of the machine gun could be attributed to the fact that the actor was actually one of the security advisers on the production.
M67 Fragmentation Grenade
M67 hand grenades are seen on Huaco's vest when he kidnaps Peter in a roadside ambush. Later, he throws a M67 at Terry during the hostage rescue.
RGD-5 Hand Grenade
An Eastern bloc RGD-5 hand grenade is seen on a table at Dino's place when the team was loading up for their mission.
Terry "dropkicks" M18A1 Claymore mines while he covers the hostages being rescued from the ELT camp.
M72 LAW rocket launchers are used by ELT rebels during the hostage rescue scene.
A Chechen rebel in the introduction uses an RPG-7 rocket launcher.
Type 69 RPG
In addition to the RPG-7 mentioned above, a Norinco Type 69 clone fitted with a PGO-7 scope can also be spotted in the hands of an ELT member, identifiable by the single pistol grip.
The map seen of the camp is notable due to its attention to detail. It is exactly what a team of Special Operations Forces would use when assaulting a camp.