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Indecent Proposal -- Demi Moore and Woody Harrelson are Diana and David Murphy, a financially strapped couple who are betting on a quick trip to Las Vegas to deal them a lucky hand. But the odds are suddenly even more attractive when billionaire John Gage (Robert Redford) ups the ante—complete financial freedom. The price? One night of passion with Diana. The payoff? A cool $1 million.

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Writers (WGA):
Jack Engelhard (novel)
Amy Holden Jones (screenplay)
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Release Date:
7 April 1993 (USA) See more »
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A husband. A wife. A millionaire. A proposal
Plot:
A Millionaire offers a $1,000,000 to a young married lovely couple for a night with the wife. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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6 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Redford ... John Gage

Demi Moore ... Diana Murphy

Woody Harrelson ... David Murphy

Seymour Cassel ... Mr. Shackleford

Oliver Platt ... Jeremy

Billy Bob Thornton ... Day Tripper

Rip Taylor ... Mr. Langford

Billy Connolly ... Auction M.C.

Joel Brooks ... Realtor
Pierre Epstein ... Van Buren
Danny Zorn ... Screenwriter

Kevin West ... Screenwriter

Pamela Holt ... David's Girlfriend
Tommy Bush ... David's Father

Mariclare Costello ... David's Mother
Curt Odle ... David's Boss
Jedda Jones ... Craps Woman

Myra J. ... Craps Woman
Edwonda White ... Craps Woman
James Migliore ... Craps Stick Man
Nicholas Georgiade ... Croupier (as Nick Georgiade)
Ritamarie Kelly ... Dress Shop Saleslady
Sam Micco ... Sam

Joseph Ruskin ... Pit Boss
Joe La Due ... High Roller
Ben W. Fluker ... Roulette Croupier
Carleen Sbordone ... Coffee Shop Waitress
Toru Nagai ... High Roller Card-Man
Steven Dean ... Craps Pit Boss
Frankie J. Allison ... Craps Box Man (as Frank J. Allison)
Dana Williams ... Jeremy's Secretary
David Cousin ... Craps Dealer
Catlyn Day ... Wine Goddess
Irene Olga López ... Gage's Maid (as Irene Olga Lopez)
Dru Davis ... Bernice
Rudy E. Morrison ... Maitre D' (as Rudy Morrison)

Richard Livingston ... Mike (as Richard B. Livingston)

Joe Bays ... Jeffrey

David Rees ... Businessman
Françoise Bush ... Woman in Restaurant (as Francoise Bush)
Elizabeth Gardner ... Real Estate Receptionist
Art Cabrera ... Citizenship Student
Israel Juarbe ... Citizenship Student

Lydia Nicole ... Citizenship Student

Iqbal Theba ... Citizenship Student
Maurice Sherbanee ... Citizenship Student
Yasemin Baytok ... Citizenship Student
Elsa Raven ... Citizenship Student

Matthew Barry ... Architecture Student

Chi Muoi Lo ... Architecture Student (as Chi-Muoi Lo)

Art Chudabala ... Architecture Student
Michelle O'Brien ... Architecture Student (as Michelle C. O'Brien)
Hilary Reynolds ... Architecture Student
Rebecca Howard ... Architecture Student
Selma Archerd ... Auction Bidder
Jerome Rosenfeld ... Auction Bidder
Nancy Thom ... Auction Bidder
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc ... Helicopter Pilot

Alan D. Purwin ... Helicopter Pilot (as Alan Purwin)
Neil Looy ... Pilot
Harold A. Katinszky ... Pilot
Robert T. Convey ... Pilot
Bruce H. Redding ... Pilot

Sheena Easton ... Herself

Herbie Hancock ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Lena Banks ... Casino Gambler (uncredited)
Tom Bysiek ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Signy Coleman ... (uncredited)

Sergio Kato ... Tim (uncredited)
Sheila Kay ... Rooftop Party Guest (uncredited)
Theodis Rodgers ... Piano Player (uncredited)

Directed by
Adrian Lyne 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Jack Engelhard (novel)

Amy Holden Jones (screenplay)

Produced by
Alex Gartner .... executive producer
Sherry Lansing .... producer
Tom Schulman .... executive producer
Michael Tadross .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
John Barry 
 
Cinematography by
Howard Atherton (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Joe Hutshing 
 
Casting by
Victoria Thomas 
 
Production Design by
Mel Bourne 
 
Art Direction by
Gae S. Buckley  (as Gae Buckley)
 
Set Decoration by
Etta Leff 
 
Costume Design by
Beatrix Aruna Pasztor 
Bernie Pollack 
Bobbie Read 
 
Makeup Department
Richard Dean .... makeup artist: Ms. Moore
Dennis Liddiard .... makeup artist: Mr. Redford
Lisa Meyers .... hair stylist
Ben Nye Jr. .... makeup artist
Bunny Parker .... hair stylist: Mr.Redford (as Bunny Parker-Adamson)
Lyndell Quiyou .... hair stylist: Ms. Moore
 
Production Management
George Manasse .... unit production manager
Michael Tadross .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kimberly Law .... dga trainee
Aldric La'auli Porter .... first assistant director (as Aldric Porter)
Ruth A. Redfern .... second second assistant director (as Ruth Redfern)
Ian Woolf .... second assistant director
James Manera .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Christine Altomari .... art department coordinator
George Ashton .... property person
Denis Benardello .... production painter
Bill Cancienne .... assistant property master
Javier Carrillo .... construction foreperson
Dave DeGaetano .... construction coordinator (as David Degaetano)
Edward Eyth .... production artist
Douglas Fox .... property master
Billy Frank .... property person
Richard Garcia .... set dresser: Las Vegas
James Halstead .... set dresser: Las Vegas
Craig Heine .... set dresser: Las Vegas
Jonas Kirk .... construction foreperson
Edwin Kmak .... construction: Las Vegas
Robert Misetich .... production painter (as Bob Misetich)
Deborah Newman .... property assistant
Gregory Oehler .... lead person (as Greg Oehler)
David C. Potter .... property person (as David Potter)
Eric Ramirez .... property person
Steven Rigamat .... construction general foreperson (as Steve Rigamat)
Billy Salsberg .... set construction
James R. Shumaker .... set dresser
David Snodgrass .... set dresser: Las Vegas
Michael P. Sweeney .... property person (as Michael Sweeney)
Steve Titus .... construction: Las Vegas
Daniel Turk .... carpenter (uncredited)
Chris Vigeant .... laborer gang boss (uncredited)
D.A. Zingelewicz .... paint foreman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Bob Baron .... adr mixer
Steve Bartlett .... sound
Pamela Bentkowski .... supervising foley editor (as Pam Bentkowski)
Richard Burton .... sound effects editor
Lucy Coldsnow-Smith .... dialogue editor
Greg Curda .... foley mixer
Christine Danelski .... foley editor
Ken Dufva .... foley artist
Juno J. Ellis .... supervising adr editor
David Lee Fein .... foley artist
Mark C. Grech .... utility sound technician (as Mark Grech)
Matthew Harrison .... foley editor
Denise Horta .... adr editor
Scott D. Jackson .... foley editor (as Scott Jackson)
Stephen Janisz .... adr editor
Suhail Kafity .... sound effects editor
Gary Krivacek .... sound effects editor
Michael Magill .... dialogue editor
Scott Millan .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael Mirkovich .... assistant sound editor
Alan Robert Murray .... supervising sound editor
Andy Nelson .... sound re-recording mixer
Walter Newman .... sound effects editor
Kim Nolan .... assistant sound editor (as Kimberly Nolan)
Steve Pederson .... sound re-recording mixer
Jonathan Phillips .... assistant sound editor
Timothy P. Salmon .... boom operator (as Timothy Salmon)
Karen Spangenberg .... dialogue editor
Karen Spangenberg .... supervising dialogue editor
Keith A. Wester .... sound mixer (as Keith Wester)
Karen G. Wilson .... dialogue editor (as Karen Wilson)
Gary Wright .... sound effects editor
 
Special Effects by
David P. Kelsey .... special effects coordinator (as David Kelsey)
Ron Macinnes .... assistant special effects (as Ron MacInnes)
Michael Roundy .... special effects technician
 
Stunts
Bobby Aldridge .... stunt double
Walter Scott .... stunt coordinator
Oliver Theess .... stunt performer: surfer
Barbara Anne Klein .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Douglas L. Adam Jr. .... assistant camera
Paul Avery .... electrician
Ken W. Ballantine .... electrician (as Kenny Ballantine)
Nico Bally .... grip
Patrick Callahan .... grip: Las Vegas
Greg Cantrell .... assistant chief lighting technician
Michael J. Coo .... key grip (as Michael Coo)
Arnold Dewey .... grip: Las Vegas
Tim Dunford .... second assistant camera
Greg Enneper .... grip: Las Vegas
William E. Fitch .... second company grip
Scot Gaal .... electrician
Pete Gikas .... grip: Las Vegas
Craig Haagensen .... camera operator
Brent Lon Hershman .... camera loader
Robert Hynds .... grip: Las Vegas
David James .... still photographer
Leslie J. Kovacs .... chief lighting technician
William Leslie .... grip (as Billy Bob Leslie)
Benny McNulty .... assistant chief lighting technician (as Bernard McNulty)
Michael Milella .... grip
Paul Miranne .... grip
Angelo Moreno .... grip: Las Vegas
Joseph Munn .... grip: Las Vegas
Andy 'Eagle' Padilla .... grip (as Andy Padilla)
Gary Plantiff .... grip: Las Vegas
Seyton Pooley .... electrician: Las Vegas
Angelo Rodriguez .... grip: Las Vegas
Dennis Ryan .... grip: Las Vegas
Kenny Schneider .... electrician
Kenny Schneider .... lighting technician
Michael D. Weldon .... first assistant camera (as Michael Weldon)
 
Casting Department
Matthew Barry .... casting assistant
Bill Dance .... extras casting
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Jeanne McCarthy .... casting assistant
Tammy L. Smith .... extras casting assistant (as Tammy Smith)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Amy Andrews .... set costumer
Elinor Bardach .... wardrobe supervisor
Nancy Cone .... costumer: Ms. Moore
Susan Kowarsh .... costumer
Rhona Meyers .... costumer
Krisztina Vavrinecz .... costume trainee
Mira Zavidowsky .... wardrobe supervisor
Alexis Scott .... set costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Phil Hetos .... color timer (as Philip Hetos)
Gillian L. Hutshing .... assistant film editor (as Gillian Hutshing)
Chris Innis .... apprentice editor
Robert C. Jones .... additional film editor
Bryan McMahan .... colorist: mastering
Julie Monroe .... additional film editor
Mike Murphy .... assistant editor
Kevin Nolting .... assistant film editor
Alex Renskoff .... assistant film editor
Theresa Repola Mohammed .... negative cutter
Don Zimmerman .... additional film editor
Clarinda Wong .... first assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
John Barry .... conductor
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist
Nathan Kaproff .... orchestra contractor
Cliff Kohlweck .... music editor
Greig McRitchie .... orchestrator
Shawn Murphy .... music scoring mixer
Kathy Nelson .... music supervisor
John E. Oliver .... music production set supervisor
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Rick Winquest .... music recording engineer
John Beal .... composer: trailer (uncredited)
Joe Sublett .... musician (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Steve Imbler .... transportation captain
Austin Thompson .... transportation coordinator
Roger Wooge .... transportation
 
Other crew
Rashied Aljuwani .... craft service: Los Angeles
Donna Armstrong .... first aid: Las Vegas
Michael Bay .... consultant: second unit, Las Vegas
Jon Bell .... location liaison
Kevin Braker .... production assistant
Marcus Canty .... accounting assistant
Peter Clevenger .... assistant: Mr. Lyne
Daneen Lagrone Conroy .... assistant: Ms. Moore (as Daneen Conroy)
Robert T. Convey .... pilot
Carrie Czufin .... caterer
Margo Day .... assistant: Ms. Lansing
Louise DeCordoba .... accounting assistant
Ben Delanty .... assistant: Mr. Tadross
Janet L. Earl .... coordinator: Video Image (as Janet Earl)
Mitchell El Mahdy .... set medic (as Mitchel El-Mahdy)
Joan Flannery .... post-production accountant
Ashlyn Gere .... body double (as Kim McKamy)
Ellen Gessert .... assistant location manager
AnaMarie C. Gonzaga .... payroll accountant (as Anamarie Gonzaga)
Kara E. Goodman .... assistant production coordinator
Alonzo Greer .... production assistant
Brian Guarente .... production assistant
Leslie Hanson .... production assistant
Crystal Hawkins .... production accountant
Jerome Holmes .... production assistant
Kevan Jenson .... video technical supervisor
Brian Jochum .... production assistant
Harold A. Katinszky .... pilot
Marc H. Keating .... production assistant
Eric Klosterman .... location manager
Adam M. Koppekin .... production assistant (as Adam Koppekin)
Terry Ladin .... production coordinator
Robert Lamkin .... caterer
Neil Looy .... pilot
Jason McKinley .... projectionist: Las Vegas
Michael Panagiotis .... production assistant
Leslie Park .... script supervisor
Burt Poehlman .... production assistant
Alan D. Purwin .... helicopter pilot (as Alan Purwin)
Liz Radley .... video computer supervisor
Elizabeth Ragagli .... production assistant
Bruce H. Redding .... pilot
James Reid .... craft service: Las Vegas
David M. Rodriguez .... assistant production accountant
Jane E. Russell .... unit publicist
Judith Russell .... assistant: Ms. Lansing
Saundra Schaffer .... production assistant
Ned R. Shapiro .... location manager (as Ned Shapiro)
Pilo Silva .... caterer
Peter M. Starkman .... caterer (as Peter Starkman)
Mona Tanji .... assistant: Mr. Lyne
David Thornsberry .... assistant location manager
Vanessa Vogel .... production assistant
Daren Willis .... production assistant
Thomas B. Wintermeyer .... production assistant
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc .... helicopter pilot
Kyle Cooper .... title designer (uncredited)
Jeff Coopwood .... adr voice (uncredited)
Melinda Eichberg .... animal trainer (uncredited)
Greg Ferris .... marketing canada (uncredited)
Josh C. Kline .... production assistant (uncredited)
Tom Lent .... adr voice (uncredited)
Bertram McCann .... marine coordinator (uncredited)
Amy Rochelle .... body double: Demi Moore (uncredited)
Randy West .... body double: Robert Redford (uncredited)
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc .... aerial coordinator (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Dennis R. Washington .... grateful acknowledgment: owner of the motor yacht Attessa (as Mr. Dennis Washington)
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for sexuality and language
Runtime:
117 min
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:18+ (Ontario) | Finland:K-12 | Germany:12 | Iceland:L | Italy:VM14 (original rating) | Italy:T (re-rating) | Netherlands:6 (re-rating) | New Zealand:M | Norway:15 (2002) (DVD rating) | Norway:10 (1993) | Peru:14 | Philippines:R-18 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:PG (original rating) (cut) | Singapore:M18 (re-rating) | South Korea:18 | Spain:13 | Sweden:7 | UK:15 | USA:R

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Trivia:
Johnny Depp and Tim Robbins were both approached to play the Woody Harrelson role.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Rain disappears quickly at the end when Diana gets out of Gage's car.See more »
Quotes:
[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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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Pure subversive brilliance ..., 18 August 2013
Author: ElMaruecan82 from France

What would you do if a billionaire were consenting to pay you one million dollars (or more) for one night with your wife? This is the titular "Indecent Proposal", from which millions of viewers, men and women, have been debated for years, placing themselves in the same tricky situation than David (Woody Harrelson) and Diana (Demi Moore), the ill-fated couple who met the devilishly sexy John Gage (Robert Redford) in Las Vegas.

I remember when I was younger; there was a guy in my neighborhood who told me that in every woman, there was a potential prostitute. To confront him to his own contradictions, I carefully asked him whether that statement also applied to his family. The cynical macho nodded but felt the need to reformulate his thought, he meant that there was no woman in the world who wouldn't sleep with a man if she needed something, that's "potential prostitution", and I must confess I was almost convinced. And "Indecent Proposal" is all the more interesting because it confronts this option not with a woman, but a couple. The husband is part of the game, and that's the strike of genius some distracted critics failed to grasp.

Think about it: did Jack Engelheard, the author of the original novel of the same name, take for granted that a single woman wouldn't have thought twice before accepting the deal? I bet he did and I happen to think the same. Refusing wouldn't be honorable but stupid, and I'm sure many women would agree with me. We're speaking of one million dollars for a sumptuous night, and not with the most ugly man of the world. I bet when today's women visualize the myth of the Charming Prince, they think more of Robert Redford (or Brad Pitt) as a billionaire than the nameless Princes of Disney classics. We'd all need money to achieve our dreams and selling one's soul for one night with one handsome rich guy and one million dollars isn't too high a price.

But the film is cleverly provocative because it already admits the venal nature of women, which provoked the anger of feminists. But I'd love to see them in Diana's heels. The question isn't whether they would have accepted the night for one million, but how about two or ten, how high could John Gage raise the stakes before they'd say yes? That was the point and we got it, money can buy a body, but how about love? It all comes to David. And that's the subtlety the angry mob of feminists missed just like the intellectual critics: the film also highlights the very hypocrisy of men who brand any woman who sleeps with other men as 'broad' or 'whore', by confronting them to the same situation. And I would have loved to ask the question to my macho friend, what if he was in David's place? Wouldn't there be, after all, in every man, a "potential pimp"?

To answer that, watching the film isn't even necessary, it's all part of cinematic pop-culture, and we all have an opinion on the subject. In fact, if Adrian Lyne's film had one merit, it was to feature one of the most memorable premises of Cinema's history, and handle it with a believable mix of realism and romanticism. It is crucial within the context of the film, because the theme is so sordid it had to be washed up by a poignant love story. And on that level, the chemistry between Harrelson and Moore works, and built our empathy toward this couple of sweethearts, watching the ashes of their fantasy dreams gone with the wind of the 90's crisis. In many other films, the fact that the husband is an architect and the wife a real estate agent would only be details, but they're significant in "Indecent Proposal".

Indeed, after the bursting of the US housing bubble, there was no offer for Diana and no demand for David. Inevitably, their descent into poverty guide their hopes toward Las Vegas, an interesting setting where two worlds coexist: people who need money and can't afford losing, and those who've got enough to lose one million a night without even caring. The film even succeeds to make a brilliant social commentary, behind the appearance of a cheap soft-porn flick; it subtly denounces the pervert aspects of liberalism, where free trade is synonym of salvation at the expenses of principles, totally worthless when money is at stakes. And the world sunk into liberal lows so eagerly it ended up giving a price to anything, and people have been so effectively brainwashed by greed and lust they would look now, at the half-full glass. Isn't there one word to say 'crisis' and 'opportunity' in Chinese?

I live in a country where many beautiful girls, students or salaried, go out with mature men, because they can buy them things they couldn't afford. Basically, they use their charm as an asset to overcome material problems. It's certainly what lured my macho friend into his certitude. But when you take the plot to larger scope, you realize it's less the selling-your- body dilemma than the eternal selling-the-soul-to-the-devil story, doing something morally wrong for a pay-off. Movies are made to provide some interesting 'what if' situations? What if we lived the same day again and again? What if we hadn't existed? "Indecent Proposal" is the ultimate 'what if' asker because this time, we can respond to the plot and relate to the protagonists, even more because we live in a similar economic context, and the world is crazy enough to feature such characters as John Gage. And Redford finds the perfect tone for his character: subtly obnoxious but always charming, one hell of a tempter!

And I guess part of the fascination doesn't come from our relief not to be in David and Diana's shoes but from our regret. And that's pure subversive brilliance!

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