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Indecent Proposal (1993)

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A billionaire offers one million dollars to a young married couple for one night with the wife.

Director:

Adrian Lyne

Writers:

Jack Engelhard (novel), Amy Holden Jones (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Redford ... John Gage
Demi Moore ... Diana Murphy
Woody Harrelson ... David Murphy
Seymour Cassel ... Mr. Shackleford
Oliver Platt ... Jeremy
Billy Bob Thornton ... Day Tripper
Rip Taylor ... Mr. Langford
Billy Connolly ... Auction M.C.
Joel Brooks ... Realtor
Pierre Epstein Pierre Epstein ... Van Buren
Danny Zorn Danny Zorn ... Screenwriter
Kevin West ... Screenwriter
Pamela Holt ... David's Girlfriend
Tommy Bush Tommy Bush ... David's Father
Mariclare Costello ... David's Mother
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Storyline

A young couple very much in love are married and have started their respective careers, she as a real estate broker, he as an architect. She finds the perfect spot to build his dream house, and they get loans to finance it. When the recession hits, they stand to lose everything they own, so they go to Vegas to have one shot at winning the money they need. After losing at the tables, they are approached by a millionaire who offers them a million dollars for a night with the wife. Though the couple agrees that this is a way out of their financial dilemma, it threatens to destroy their relationship. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Taglines:

A husband. A wife. A millionaire. A proposal

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein unmoralisches Angebot See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$38,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$106,614,100

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$266,600,000
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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The role of Diana was first offered to Julia Roberts, who turned it down. See more »

Goofs

When Diana won John Gage a million dollars from the craps table game why didn't they ask John for a percentage to pay off all their debts? See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
David: [sitting on a pier] Losing Diana is like losing a part of me. I thought nothing could change the way we felt about each other. I thought we were invincible.
Diana: [riding in a bus] Someone once said, if you want something very badly, set it free. If it comes back to you, it's yours forever. If it doesn't, it was never yours to begin with. I knew one thing, I was David's to begin with, and he was mine.
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Referenced in Herman's Head: A Decent Proposal (1993) See more »

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Great Premise But...
16 December 2005 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

INDECENT PROPOSAL is a great example of a great premise for a movie - Would you allow your wife to sleep with a complete stranger for one million dollars ? and it's not too difficult to understand why this movie was so talked about on its initial release . Well would you ?

The one problem that the movie suffers from is that Robert Redford was cast as John Gage , the middle aged billionaire who desires the company of Demi Moore's character Diane Murphy . Robert Redford who aged in his mid fifties looks about ten years younger and who still female fans to this day . One can't help thinking that Adrian Lyne would have been far better off exploiting the premise further by casting a much more physically repulsive actor as Gage . Some defenders may claim that Redford equals good box office and certainly this movie did superbly as far as world wide receipt's go , but it's a movie whose main selling point must be the simple central idea and would have perhaps ended up a much better film . It's interesting to note that when women in their late 30s to early 50s answer the question " Would you ? " they usually end up replying " Robert Redford ! I'd go to bed with him for free " .

INDECENT PROPOSAL isn't a great movie despite the great premise and I found Lyne's directing style a bit too 1980s with a couple of scenes that are a bit too pop video for my liking but despite not being the greatest actors in the history of cinema both Moore and Woody Harrelson do enough to make the audience feel for their characters who find themselves in a dilemma . Yeah maybe it's Hollywood trash but it's engaging Hollywood trash


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