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I saw this movie on TV (was it on Star Movies or HBO?) In fact the title did not appeal to me.I really could not make out the meaning of the title. I must have missed watching the movie for at least five times when one day I decided I must watch the movie. And I did watch and really enjoyed it - title notwithstanding. The story of the movie was indeed mind boggling, more so myself being from India. For a number of days, I kept wondering whether such a thing was possible. Believe me, I never saw the three main characters before or may be I did not remember any one of them. To me, the personality of Robert Redford was quite appealing. In future, if I know of some movie that has Redford in it, it will undoubtedly become a must-see movie for me. I must have talked about the movie with a number of chat friends in USA and found a majority of them had not seen the movie. But the ones who had seen, had words of praise for it. I will look forward to watching the movie again since now I know the story and also know the main actors by their real and reel names. A wonderful movie by any standards.
When this film first came out it was marketed as a steamy drama and, sad
it may be, Demi Moore's body played a major part in the studio's marketing
Now i've got nothing against that but the really worrying thing is that this film seems a little bit tame by current standards. The steam appears to have well and truly dissipated into very thin air. That's not to say this film isn't watchable, because it is. The tearing apart of the happy couple in Las vagas and the hollywood ending makes for a pretty entertaining night's viewing.
My Rating: 6/10
I can't believe the comments that IMDb has featured. The user seems like a high school drop-out with no sense for a good movie. The whole movie was moving with Woody Harrelson over-shadowing everyone else. Demi Moore was alright and Redford steals the lime-light when he recalls the train incident from 30 years ago. I think the main scoring point of the movie was when Woody comes to meet Demi and Redford at the end of the movie. Those 10 minutes of the movie were the best and make their make their mark undoubtedly. The song by Roy Orbison at the end was powerful to the movie. Soundtrack was superb!! I highly recommend this movie!!!!
Cotton candy involving a loving couple (bordering on good buddies) who lose their shirts in Las Vegas but get a chance to recoup when a world-famous billionaire makes a play for the wife--with booty attached! Great set-up for a story that takes a slow spiral downward once the couple returns home (to a rather lovely cottage in Southern California). Some sparks from principals Robert Redford and Demi Moore, but Woody Harrelson is out of his league and Adrian Lyne's direction is all visual and nothing much upstairs (and I could've done without the horse-racing video suddenly morphing into a shot of Demi in "the act"). The film is shamefully enjoyable, and capped with teen-romance fever, but aren't these characters a little old for moony-eyed puppy love? **1/2 from ****
Indecent Proposal is all premise and no execution. The film exists only
to give people something hypothetical to talk about over dinner or
drinks once it is over. There is nothing redeeming either in the acting
or technical departments to raise the material above the level of soap
opera. The plot, as most people know, centers around a wealthy business
tycoon (Redford) offering a young couple (Moore and Harrelson)
$1,000,000 if she agrees to sleep with him one night. Obviously, they
agree to the offer or this film would have never been made.
The main problem stems from the fact that there isn't enough story here for an entire movie. Once the bet is agreed to and worked out, where do we go with it? The writers turn the film into a ridiculously sappy flood of emotions and over-acting that can only end in the most predictable way. It doesn't take a genius to see where the script is going to end up.
The acting is part of the problem, as well. Redford probably thinks his performance is suave and charming, but a better word would be just "smug". There is nothing about his character that is likable or even interesting. I doubt his character was supposed to be likable, but I'm sure he wasn't supposed to come off as wooden as he does. Demi Moore is fine as the young woman. And physically she's as adorable as ever. What a babe! Harrelson, however, is so unbelievably awful that I feel truly embarrassed for him whenever this film comes on. He's a whining; jealous jerk who should have stopped the whole thing from happening if his wife meant that much to him. His performance is nothing short of "grating".
The film made a ton of $$$$, so who am I to criticize it? Just some sap who was duped into taking his girlfriend to it way back in 1993. At least I scored when we got home. So I guess there was one redeeming quality about this sap fest.
The Hound will give it 4 of 10 stars. That's more than generous.
i thought this film was great. i think it is one of the greatest love stories evermade. woody harrelson does very good but still he won the the worst supporting actor at the razzies. but i thought woody harrelson saved this film. i cant help it but i like love stories and this is one of the best very romantic and a great movie to watch with your woman. A-
Entertaining, but fantastical film about a mystery man who offers a couple one million dollars for a night. Redford looks ready for a GQ spread, while Moore and Harrelson ignite the screen in passionate love scenes.
This film takes important questions such as "What constitutes love for
your partner?" and "How important is sex in a relationship?", and
treats them as glibly as if they were teledrama fodder. We never get
the sense that director Lyne has pondered the issues inherent in his
material; he has just gathered some nice shots and spliced them
together in the hope that they will create an absorbing movie. It's not
without entertainment on a superficial level, but this is generated
more by how appallingly cliché the characters are than by any serious
The loving couple played by Harrelson and Moore never convince. Of the 3 principles, only Redford escapes from this with any credit; but even his performance lapses into something vaguely reminiscent of "Swiss Tony" from "The Fast Show" ("Gambling is like making love to a beautiful woman for a price of 1 million dollars...")
I wanted so much to like the movie, since I'm very interested in the sexual conventions of society, and how we each trade off with one another in order to find and cultivate a respectful and invigourating relationship... However, I don't think the movie explores any of that properly, despite providing an ideal launching pad for doing so.
This is a gimmick movie that wants to ask its audience whether or not they would cheat on their partner with Robert Redford for a cool million bucks? (or Sharon Stone perhaps, to use an equivalent mid 90's sex symbol that would flip the issue... ) When you cast such sexual icons though, it immediately weakens the dilemma that's in play... It's relatively easy to assent to a Robert Redford or a Sharon Stone, because they represent a fantasy - and the film refuses to relinquish the notion of that fantasy for the duration of its entire running time. This has the effect of making it hard to play make-believe, when it comes to embracing the idea that serious ethical considerations are underfoot... Like the lucky coin in the movie, it's indicative of an already-done deal.
I feel that, in terms of the story, as much moral importance should have been placed upon the DECISION itself, besides the rendering of its consequences being employed for sentimental manipulation.
The route that the makers elected to take means that the project ends up playing out like a glossy, cheesy movie of the week, populated with several big names who were somehow unwittingly roped in... That's what some people like, I suppose, but in my opinion it seriously defaults on the complications that the initial premise should throw up...
As I said, not completely without entertainment value, but only if you treat it as exploitative trash.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
"Would you let your wife sleep with someone for one night for $1,000,000?", that is the premise for this pretty immoral and thought provoking film, but that is what makes it good, from director Adrian Lyne (9½ Weeks, Fatal Attraction). Basically Diana (Demi Moore) - a real estate broker, and David Murphy (Woody Harrelson) - an architect, met and fell in love when they were teens, and against their parents wishes, they married. Now older they are finding it really hard to keep up with many debts, including the costs of building a dream house, and a night in Las Vegas costs them the chance to save themselves. Then along comes millionaire John Gage (Robert Redford) who seems nice giving them a good suite in the hotel, and buying a black dress for Diana. But then he makes them a proposition to not only help them out, but pretty much test their love, he offers them $1,000,000 for one night with Diana! Though they do agree to do it, agreed by the way with help of their lawyer Jeremy (Eraser's Oliver Platt), David does try to stop Diana from going, but she goes through with it (although you never see it). Afterwards Diana and David are slowly breaking apart with John somehow coming back into conversation, and unfortunately for Diana, John won't stop pestering her to help him with certain things, e.g. finding a new house. It is a bit of a weird ending, when you find out John has done the same thing to many other women, and thankfully, Diana and David do get back together, because they know they can't be without each other. Also starring Seymour Cassel as Mr. Shackleford, Billy Bob Thornton as Day Tripper, Rip Taylor as Mr. Langford, comedian Billy Connolly as Auction M.C. (i.e. himself and Sheena Easton. I think the only reason to say this film is really wrong is because Moore initially hates Redford, and then slowly they are like friends, at least Harrelson is more realistic, it may have won and been nominated some Razzies, but it is certainly a worth while film, if you can forget the immorality and concentrate on the three good leading actors. Very good!
Indecent Proposal i think is a fantastic movie to watch. This movie was made in 1993 starring Robert Redford and Demi Moore. This movie i give a fantastic score 10 out of 10. It is such a good movie to watch. Thank you Robert for the memories.
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