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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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Cast

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Hannibal Thurman
Bronia Wheeler ...
Sister Mary Frances
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Father Michael McKinnon
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Eleanor Barret
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Arthur Barret
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Wayne Fenton
Jim Chiros ...
Timothy
Dee Nelson ...
Susan Vicar
Pamela Hart ...
Skip Taylor
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Maid
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Syril Danning
Dossy Peabody ...
Hannibal's Secretary
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Roger Martin
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Torrey Harrington (as Tom Downey)
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Arthur's Chauffeur
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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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Drama | Romance

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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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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$61,560, 29 March 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$121,875, 5 April 1998
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

The glass with juice jumps from one hand to the other when Eleanor is having her breakfast in bed. See more »

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

Soundtracks

Ave Maria
Composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (uncredited) and Charles Gounod (uncredited)
Performed by The New England Conservatory Chamber Singers
Courtesy of The New England Conservatory
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Engrossing and Well Acted
25 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

As another reviewer said--either you love it or you hate it. I loved it. A well acted movie--somewhat far fetched in the storyline. Very intense deep story and you really get caught up in it. I do not think a lot of the comments from other reviewers really see the value of the movie, or look at it from all of the character's points or motives. William Hurt as Barret is totally selfless in his quest for a family and Madeline Stowe as his wife is also very convincing. The big surprise comes from Blythe Danner, although I really cannot figure out exactly what her role was--is she secretly in love with Hurt? Hard to say. But the acting is fine and Kenneth Branaugh does a terrific and convincing job. He is a good actor and this role suits him splendidly. I do recommend this movie.


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