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Indecent Proposal (1993)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  7 April 1993 (USA)
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A Millionaire offers a $1,000,000 to a young married lovely couple for a night with the wife.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mr. Shackleford
Day Tripper
Mr. Langford
Auction M.C.
Pierre Epstein ...
Van Buren
Danny Zorn ...
David's Girlfriend
Tommy Bush ...
David's Father
David's Mother


A young couple very much in love are married and have started their respective careers, she as a real estate broker, he as an architect. She finds the perfect spot to build his dream house, and they get loans to finance it. When the recession hits, they stand to lose everything they own, so they go to Vegas to have one shot at winning the money they need. After losing at the tables, they are approached by a millionaire who offers them a million dollars for a night with the wife. Though the couple agrees that this is a way out of their financial dilemma, it threatens to destroy their relationship. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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A husband. A wife. A millionaire. A proposal


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 April 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ein unmoralisches Angebot  »

Box Office


$38,000,000 (estimated)


£11,561,939 (UK) (13 August 1993)

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1.85 : 1
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Director Adrian Lyne was originally dismissive of casting Woody Harrelson as David, but changed his mind after watching White Men Can't Jump (1992). Harrelson said in one interview that doing love scenes with Demi Moore was uncomfortable because he was good friends with Moore's then-husband, Bruce Willis. See more »


When seen from behind, there is no message on the back of the photo. When David turns it around, the message appears. See more »


[first lines]
David: [sitting on a pier] Losing Diana is like losing a part of me. I thought nothing could change the way we felt about each other. I thought we were invincible.
Diana: [riding in a bus] Someone once said, if you want something very badly, set it free. If it comes back to you, it's yours forever. If it doesn't, it was never yours to begin with. I knew one thing, I was David's to begin with, and he was mine.
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In All the Right Places
Music by John Barry
Lyrics by Lisa Stansfield, Ian Devaney & Andy Morris
Performed by Lisa Stansfield
Produced by Ian Devaney & Andy Morris
Executive Producer: John Barry
Lisa Stansfield Performs Courtesy of BMG Arista Records Limited/Arista Records, Inc.
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Great Premise But...
16 December 2005 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

INDECENT PROPOSAL is a great example of a great premise for a movie - Would you allow your wife to sleep with a complete stranger for one million dollars ? and it's not too difficult to understand why this movie was so talked about on its initial release . Well would you ?

The one problem that the movie suffers from is that Robert Redford was cast as John Gage , the middle aged billionaire who desires the company of Demi Moore's character Diane Murphy . Robert Redford who aged in his mid fifties looks about ten years younger and who still female fans to this day . One can't help thinking that Adrian Lyne would have been far better off exploiting the premise further by casting a much more physically repulsive actor as Gage . Some defenders may claim that Redford equals good box office and certainly this movie did superbly as far as world wide receipt's go , but it's a movie whose main selling point must be the simple central idea and would have perhaps ended up a much better film . It's interesting to note that when women in their late 30s to early 50s answer the question " Would you ? " they usually end up replying " Robert Redford ! I'd go to bed with him for free " .

INDECENT PROPOSAL isn't a great movie despite the great premise and I found Lyne's directing style a bit too 1980s with a couple of scenes that are a bit too pop video for my liking but despite not being the greatest actors in the history of cinema both Moore and Woody Harrelson do enough to make the audience feel for their characters who find themselves in a dilemma . Yeah maybe it's Hollywood trash but it's engaging Hollywood trash

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