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The Proposal (2001)

An undercover cop needs a female police officer to pretend to be his wife in order to get close to a ruthless crime boss. The boss's attraction to her entangles them in a complex and dangerous triangle.


Richard Gale


Maurice Hurley




Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Esposito ... Susan Reese
Nick Moran ... Terry Martin
Stephen Lang ... Simon Bacig
William B. Davis ... Agent Frank Gruning
Michael Kopsa ... Zack Mallette
Alex Diakun ... Jimmy
Brian Jensen Brian Jensen ... Ray
Mark Acheson ... Jules
Ted Kozma Ted Kozma ... Jojo
Jerry Walliser Jerry Walliser ... Ice
Tom Heaton ... Bum / F.B.I. Agent
Peter Kent ... Creepy Man
Andrew Macbeth ... Victim in Chair (as Andrew MacBeth)
Chuck Duffy Chuck Duffy ... Bacig's Thug
Kenneth G. McIntyre Kenneth G. McIntyre ... Bacig's Thug
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Terry Martin is the false name of an undercover cop posing as a fence to burrow into a gang run by Simon Bacig. After six months, Terry is closing in when Simon invites him to a party and tells him to bring his wife. His boss assigns him a rookie cop, Susan Reece, fresh from a data job in Kansas City. Terry wants her in and out the same night, but she wants a permanent assignment so she contrives to get Simon's attention. Terry must now pretend to live with her. Within a few days, the FBI warns Terry that Simon may have an informant within the police department, Terry discovers he really likes Susan, and he learns that she already knows Simon. Who's in danger from whom? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Their Mistake Was Trusting Her.


Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »

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Flipped shot: When Martin is driving at night, watch for the mirrored lettering of the sign/name on the warehouse. See more »

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Written by Jamie Richards & Jim Reilley
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Better than your typical direct-to-video cop thriller
26 May 2003 | by patbuddhaSee all my reviews

All of the warning signs are there from frame one: an opening sequence that intercuts between shots of the movie and the credits on a black screen, mobsters fresh out of movie mobster school, and unnecessary cross dissolves from one scene to the next. And then of course there are the fellow police officers who yell at one another most of the time, whether it be the captain admonishing the hero for taking too much time on the case or the hero and his new partner who don't see eye to eye.

I figured at the very least if I stuck around, I would be treated to some gratuitous nudity courtesy of the beautiful Jennifer Esposito. Unfortunately that didn't happen, yet I found myself being absorbed by the developing relationship between her character and the undercover cop played by Nick Moran.

There are some nice moments that elevate the film above its direct-to-video trappings. A scene where Esposito places a banana to her ear as if it were a phone has such a genuineness and spontaneity that it doesn't come off as a cheap attempt at humor but as an actual moment involving real people.

The two leads deserve a lot of credit for making this movie what it is. Nick Moran has a certain star quality, a charisma that holds the viewer with him. He gives everything he has in this performance, particularly midway through the film when his psyche is tortured after having been forced to assassinate an enemy of the mobster he's trying to bring down. It's almost as if he didn't get the memo letting him know that this was direct-to-video garbage and that he really need not try so hard. Fortunately for the film and the viewer he does.

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2 April 2002 (Kuwait) See more »

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