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Indecent Proposal (1993)

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

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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

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Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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7 April 1993 (USA)  »

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Ein unmoralisches Angebot  »

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$38,000,000 (estimated)

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$106,614,100 (USA)
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In the scene where David tries to reach for Diana at the roof top of the hotel, when the helicopter takes off a big sign can be seen with the legend "LADY LUCK", which might be allusive to the situation taking place. See more »

Goofs

When bidding at the auction David offers "1 million dollars" for the hippopotamus. This is not possible since his lawyer stated earlier the fee he would receive for the proposal, which would have been deducted from the million David received for the proposal. Therefore David didn't have 1 million dollars to bid. See more »

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[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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Nighttime
By Oscar Peterson
Performed by Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock Performs Courtesy of Qwest Records
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A pretty engaging story with a moral message attached to it.
4 October 2015 | by (California, USA) – See all my reviews

Demi Moore and Woody Harrelson star as couple David and Diana Murphy, who are financially in trouble and in danger of losing their dream home. While on a trip to Las Vegas, they meet billionaire John Gage (Robert Redford), who offers them 1 million dollars in exchange for a one-night stand with Diana.

This film was actually pretty good I thought - it kept me engaged and kept me wondering how the unpredictable plot would unfold at the end. The plot offers a moral message of the limits money can buy, and the old cliché that money really couldn't buy love. The acting also wasn't bad. Harrelson gave a thoughtful performance of a husband in financial and relationship troubles who strives to overcome his woes and pick up the pieces to move forward; Redford gave an eloquent portrayal of the invincible, but heartfelt billionaire; and Moore exhibited complexity and vulnerability in her character as she faces the choices she has to make between the two men.

I have to admit the movie is mind-boggling at certain points, I mean, the thought of seeing a marriage torn apart of an out-of-this-world proposal, and the implications that resulted from it. And, there are some failed attempts at humor, at the expense of Oliver Platt's character. But overall, the movie has something we can all learn from and is, again, a pretty engaging story.

Grade B


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