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Indecent Proposal (1993)

R | | Drama, Romance | 7 April 1993 (USA)
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A millionaire offers $1,000,000 to a young married 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)


$106,614,100 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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On the DVD commentary, director Adrian Lyne says Robert Redford walks better than anybody on Earth and couldn't quite get over the fact he was working with him. See more »


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 »


[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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Something to learn from
28 January 2002 | by See all my reviews

Without doubt, the touchy theme makes this film worth watching.

However, your opinion of it will, very likely, be influenced by what your own reaction to the 1 million dollar proposal would have been if you were in the same situation.

The film doesn't condemn anybody. It just reveals the fragility of a relationship, despite the strong love that resides in it.

Does it really matters if this kind of indecent proposal is not a realistic scenario? The millionaire willing to give a million dollars to spend one night with someone else's gorgeous wife is a fantasy. The consequences are, however, real.

The film uses an extravagant trigger to create a convincing emotional crisis that many couples will recognize.

The message is that at the end, true love wins; an attitude that I would recommend to any loving pair, attained by jealousy and resentment.

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