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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


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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


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.


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Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »






Release Date:

2 April 2002 (Kuwait) See more »

Also Known As:

Dangereuse proposition See more »

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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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One Tequila
Written by Jamie Richards & Jim Reilley
Performed by Jamie Richards - Curb Records
©1999 Mike Curb Music (BMI) / Keatunes (adm. by Mike Curb Music) (BMI)
All Rights Reserved International Copyright Secured
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First-rate thriller
3 March 2003 | by outlier2See all my reviews

This movie is about Terry Martin (Nick Moran), a neurotic undercover cop who

finds himself in a sticky predicament. Martin is investigating Simon Bascig

(Steven Lange), a very charming, intelligent, and mildly psychotic underworld figure. To prevent himself from blowing his cover, Martin claims to have a high maintenance wife that keeps him from socializing after work. This ruse works for a while, but Bascig presses Terry to bring his wife to a social gathering. The problem: Martin has no wife, real or undercover. Enter Susan Reese (Jennifer Esposito), a cop with no undercover experience, but a lot of ambition, smarts, and beauty. Reese accompanies Terry to Bascig's party and Bascig falls for

her. Much to Martin's chagrin, Reese becomes a part of the investigation. From here, the movie unfolds into a first-rate thriller wrought with intrigue as we see...

This moving is great! The story is fresh and original, striking a nice balance between character development and action. Great acting by Esposito, Lange

and Moran. I especially love Lange's performance: the right amount of bravado and psychotic. The cinematography is crisp and does a nice job fueling the

mood of the story. The director, Richard Gale, does an excellent job bringing the story to life, which is especially impressive given that the movie was made under the smallest of budgets and shot over just a few weeks. By the way, all this information, and a whole lot more, is found in the director's well-done

commentary. Gale gives us insight into all the behind the scenes tricks as well as his reasoning for scenes. This part of the DVD is a must watch, especially for directors working under similar circumstances.

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