6.3/10
1,934
41 user 16 critic

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 »

Writer:

Reviews
1 win. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

China Moon (1994)
Crime | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Detective Kyle Bodine falls for Rachel Munro who is trapped in a violent marriage. After shooting her husband, Kyle reluctantly agrees to help hide the body, but Kyle's partner is showing an unusual flair for finding clues.

Director: John Bailey
Stars: Ed Harris, Madeleine Stowe, Charles Dance
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A lawyer uses his power to help his lover put her father behind bars, but when he escapes, they are all in danger.

Director: Robert Altman
Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Embeth Davidtz, Robert Downey Jr.
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Two miserable persons find happiness together: a man dreaming of flying, and a woman dreaming of living.

Director: Paul Greengrass
Stars: Helena Bonham Carter, Kenneth Branagh, Gemma Jones
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A newspaper photographer researches an 1873 double homicide and finds her own life paralleling that of a witness who survived the tragic ordeal.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Stars: Catherine McCormack, Sean Penn, Sarah Polley
Blind Horizon (2003)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Frank loses his memory after being shot in small desert town in Texas. As he tries to retrace his steps and figure out his true identity, Frank believes he may be part of a plot to ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Haussman
Stars: Val Kilmer, Neve Campbell, Sam Shepard
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Set against the backdrop of post-war Britain, John Osbornes modern classic conjures the seedy glamour of the old music halls for an explosive examination of public masks and private torment.

Director: Benjamin Caron
Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Phil Dunster, Yasmin Harrison
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Young lovers Hero and Claudio, soon to wed, conspire to get verbal sparring partners and confirmed singles Benedick and Beatrice to wed as well.

Director: Kenneth Branagh
Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Keanu Reeves
Dead Again (1991)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An amnesiac and a private eye find they might have a past life connection.

Director: Kenneth Branagh
Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Andy Garcia
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Hannibal Thurman
Bronia Wheeler ... Sister Mary Frances
... Father Michael McKinnon
... Eleanor Barret
... Arthur Barret
... Wayne Fenton
Jim Chiros ... Timothy
... Susan Vicar
Pamela Hart ... Skip Taylor
... Maid
... Syril Danning
Dossy Peabody ... Hannibal's Secretary
... Roger Martin
... Torrey Harrington (as Tom Downey)
... Arthur's Chauffeur
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexual content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

27 March 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Shakespeare's Sister  »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$61,560, 29 March 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$121,875, 5 April 1998
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Goofs

The narration of this movie is supposed to be Father McKinnon telling the story to Hannibal Thurman, yet there are parts of the story that Hannibal is in which would certainly not have to be told to Hannibal by McKinnon. If that isn't bad enough, there is a part of the narration (right after Roger agrees to be the surrogate father) that McKinnon says "Hannibal knew that.........." even though it is Hannibal he is talking to. See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

How Do You Do?
Composed and Arranged by Sonny Kompanek
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Not the Aussie western
30 November 2007 | by See all my reviews

I was looking for the Australian western of the same name and the Sundance credits writer got it wrong and roped me into this 1930s Boston Catholic melodrama. I still want to see the western, but this was not a bad misdirection.

Whoever cast A History of Violence had to see this film as William Hurt plays the same character in both films - marvelously, I might add. He is a rich Catholic businessman here instead of a mobster, but the basics are the same. He wants to give his wife (Madeleine Stowe in a great performance) a child and Viagra was not yet invented, so he hires someone (Neil Patrick Harris) to do the job. His only mistake was picking a 24-year-old who couldn't just take the money and walk away. OK, so we have a moral question here, but we ignore that for the movies sake.

Into his parish comes a new priest (Kenneth Branagh) and he jumps the Rabbit-Proof Fence, uses The Magic Flute, and we have an Alien Love Triangle. Didn't Richard Chamberlain do that naughty priest bit in The Thorn Birds? There is a lot of Catholic malfeasance, guilt and remorse and penance and symbolism here, but don't let that turn you off as it doesn't interfere with the story. And, no children were hurt in the making of this film.

There are some fine performances and an interesting story. You should check it out.


9 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 41 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Sci-Fi Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular sci-fi movies and TV shows available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial