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The Proposition (1998)

Father Michael McKinnon goes from the UK to Boston circa 1935. For unknown reasons, he avoids at all costs the most prominent parishioners, Arthur and Eleanor Barret. Meanwhile Eleanor and ... See full summary »

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Father Michael McKinnon goes from the UK to Boston circa 1935. For unknown reasons, he avoids at all costs the most prominent parishioners, Arthur and Eleanor Barret. Meanwhile Eleanor and Arthur desperately want to have a child, but Arthur is sterile, so they hire Harvard law student Roger Martin to impregnate Eleanor, but unfortunately Roger falls in love with her. Written by Anonymous

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One man gave up everything he owned. The other, everything he believed in.

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Rated R for some sexual content | See all certifications »

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27 March 1998 (USA)  »

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Shakespeare's Sister  »

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$61,560 (USA) (27 March 1998)

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$121,875 (USA) (3 April 1998)
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Scott Wolf and Matt Damon were considered for the role of Roger Martin. See more »

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A modern high-rise is visible between the buildings during the scene at the paupers' cemetery. See more »


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Composed and Arranged by Sonny Kompanek
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Entertaining, nicely filmed, inaccurate.
29 December 2000 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Kenneth Branagh, as expected, performed very well. What was difficult to absorb as "possible" were the Catholic religious elements depicted. They were wrong and inaccurate. For example, the Mass vestments were not correct. The conversations and characterizations of the pastor and the young priest, for that period of time (Boston in the late 30s, early 40s) were off key, to say the least. The plot was interesting, but the film was too long, and there was too much "symbolism", and the "next move" was always predictable. With such a fine cast, and a great story, the producers and the directors should have taken time to be more accurate and correct about details. Another example of the lack of care was the scene where the young priest is seen administering "Anointing of the Sick" [formerly called "Extreme Unction"] to a corpse about to be buried. This never happens and is actually forbidden in the RC Church. Dead people cannot receive "sacraments." Attention must be paid. Details, details, details. The truth is in the details. However, I did enjoy it. I think most people would find this film interesting and entertaining.


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