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.
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.
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.
When Indecent Proposal was first released on VHS in 1993, the 1st pressing cassettes were colored green. Paramount Home Video did this five times (five movies, five colors). The other four were The Hunt for Red October (red); Ghost (white); The Godfather Part III (gold) and The Firm (blue).
In the scene where David tries to reach for Diana at the roof top of the hotel, when the helicopter takes off a big sign can be seen with the legend "LADY LUCK", which might be allusive to the situation taking place.
This marks the second time that director Adrian Lyne and cinematographer Howard Atherton collaborated on a film. Over ten years the films are: Fatal Attraction (1987), Indecent Proposal (1993) and Lolita (1997).