The Proposition (1998)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  27 March 1998 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hannibal Thurman
Bronia Wheeler ...
Arthur Barret
Jim Chiros ...
Dee Nelson ...
Pamela Hart ...
Dossy Peabody ...
Torrey Harrington (as Tom Downey)
Arthur's Chauffeur


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.


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 March 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Shakespeare's Sister  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$121,875 (USA) (3 April 1998)

Company Credits

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Scott Wolf and Matt Damon were considered for the role of Roger Martin. See more »


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


Referenced in Battlefield: Bad Company 2 (2010) See more »


Asperges Me
Composed by Anton Bruckner (uncredited)
Performed by The New England Conservatory Chamber Singers
Courtesy of The New England Conservatory
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Only if you REALLY love Harlequin Romances...
1 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

but it might be best to watch this stinker for laughs. After seeing the distinguished cast list, I was prepared for something much better. Five minutes into the "drama", I was wondering if this was actually a Christopher Guest satiric interpretation of a romantic movie. What a hoot!

No expense was apparently spared on the photography, costumes, locations and scenery - all are beautiful.

Hate to be cynical but I can only surmise that some Hollywood pay-off was involved here, along the lines of if you will direct/appear in/produce this for my girlfriend/boyfriend/niece/nephew/whatever, I will do the same for you.

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