Indecent Proposal (1993) Poster


The role of Diana was first offered to Julia Roberts, who turned it down.
Director Adrian Lyne was originally dismissive of casting Woody Harrelson as David, but changed his mind after watching White Men Can't Jump (1992). Harrelson said in one interview that doing love scenes with Demi Moore was uncomfortable because he was good friends with Moore's then-husband, Bruce Willis.
Director Adrian Lyne and star Demi Moore often fought on set over her character, with Woody Harrelson trying to be mediator between the two. Lyne had argued that he wanted Moore to show vulnerability, while the actress defended herself. It was later while Lyne was editing the film that he realized she was portraying what he wanted all along, which he soon apologized to the actress.
John Gage's tale of his encounter with an attractive woman on a NYC Subway was taken nearly verbatim from a similar speech in Citizen Kane (1941).
The role of David was originally intended for Val Kilmer.
Diana is reading "The Firm" by John Grisham, which Paramount Pictures soon afterwards filmed as The Firm (1993). The secretary at the real-estate office where she works is reading "Backlash", a book which criticizes director Adrian Lyne for his portrayal of women in previous films.
Originally designed as a star vehicle for Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, with Warren Beatty taking the part of the millionaire.
During the auction scene, Robert Redford's character is to leave the room. Redford kept missing his cue because he was listening to the jokes auction MC Billy Connolly was saying.
Demi Moore's black cut-out Thierry Mugler-designed dress generated such immense interest after the movie's release, it was often copied by other designers.
John Cusack and Charlie Sheen turned down the role of David Murphy.
Porn star Randy West was Robert Redford's body double.
Johnny Depp and Tim Robbins were both approached to play the Woody Harrelson role.
Halle Berry auditioned for the role of Diana Murphy.
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.
The movie is very loosely based on Jack Engelhard's novel. While it does contain the story idea of "a million dollars for one night with a man's wife", most of the book focuses on Arab-Israeli intrigue.
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Billy Baldwin was considered for the role of David Murphy.
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Andie MacDowell was considered for the role of Diana Murphy.
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The car owned by David and Diana is a Citroen 2CV.

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