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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

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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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Screenwriter Amy Holden Jones wanted Jason Alexander to be cast in the role of David and Diana's lawyer, but couldn't get Adrian Lyne to support the idea. Oliver Platt was cast in the role instead. See more »


Yellow device used to make David's dog lick his face is visible. 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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Referenced in Awkward.: An Indecent Promposal (2015) See more »


A Love So Beautiful
By Roy Orbison & Jeff Lynne
Performed by Roy Orbison
Courtesy of Virgin Records America, Inc.
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Where is James Mason when we need him
5 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Adrian Lyne does what he does beautifully, whatever that is. The gorgeous look of his films hide a serious lack of depth and a rather Machiavellian knack for attracting us, the natives, with shiny pretty things. We fall for it every time, or almost, we couldn't swallow Lolita, oh no, he should have left Lolita alone and shouldn't have made that outrageous statement, remember? "James Mason was all wrong in Kubrick's version of the Nabokov novel" Do me a favor Mr. Lyne, stick to "Flashdance" and suffer all the way to the bank. Sorry, I lost myself for a moment. Where was I? Oh yes "Inidecent Proposal" Imagine that premise in the hands of someone with serious intentions. A young happy couple and the devil. The stranger who, incapable of bearing goodness and happiness, decides to destroy it. Aware of their needs, he presents a solution to their problems. He doesn't care for her, he cares about their destruction. Juicy stuff. But, although Demi Moore and Woody Harrelson are great as the perfect foil for the devil's designs, the devil is Robert Redford. Mr. Redford is a personal hero of mine, instead of resting in his laurels, Sundance, the environment, Ordinary People, Quiz Show and so on and so on. But, I heard him say in a Charlie Rose interview that he would like to play different characters, dangerous, dark but nobody offered him that kind of part. What about this one Bob? This was a part that could transform this pretty candy floss into a classic. It needed guts. Where was the darkness? I looked into Redford eyes and I saw Redford. I would have gone with him for much less than a million bucks because in spite of the fact that involved accepting an indecent proposal there was no danger, really. He allows himself to be Redford all the way. The indecency is in the title in the gimmick but not in the spirit. As a result none of the promises are fulfilled and we're left with a pretty inconsequential movie. Oh well, I hope Mr Lyne learned his lesson. One never bad mouths James Mason, okay?

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