Indecent Proposal


Indecent Proposal

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Lurid but acted with gusto, Indecent Proposal has difficulty keeping it up beyond its initial titillating premise.



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Adrian Lyne buffs the premise of Honeymoon in Vegas to a fine gloss in this yuppie melodrama that poses the conundrum of whether the loving husband of an equally loving wife will accept $1 million to allow his wife to spend one night with a billionaire who looks like Robert Redford. All the cynics please take a number and form a line at the right. Demi Moore and Woody Harrelson play Diana and David Murphy, high-school sweethearts who marry and who are doing very well -- Diana is a successful real-estate agent, and David is an idealistic architect who has built a dream house by the ocean -- until the recession hits. Suddenly, David loses his job, and they can't make the mortgage payments. Dead broke, they borrow $5000 from David's father and head to Las Vegas to try to win money to pay the mortgage on their house. At first, they get $25,000 ahead -- but inevitably the house always wins, and they end up losing it all. While Diana is in the fancy casino boutique trying to lift some candy, she is spotted by billionaire John Gage (Robert Redford), who is immediately attracted to her. John invites Diana and David to an opulent party, and it is there that John offers David $1 million for a night with his wife. David is wracked by this moral dilemma, but Diana finally makes the decision on her own, with ensuing consequences for their ideal marriage and their bank account.


Robert Redford
as John Gage
Demi Moore
as Diana Murphy
Woody Harrelson
as David Murphy
Seymour Cassel
as Mr. Shackleford
Billy Bob Thornton
as Day Tripper
Rip Taylor
as Mr. Langford
Billy Connolly
as Auction Emcee
Joel Brooks
as Realtor
Pierre Epstein
as Van Buren
Danny Zorn
as Screenwriter
Kevin West
as Screenwriter
Pamela Holt
as David's Girlfriend
Tommy Bush
as David's Father
Mariclare Costello
as David's Mother
Curt Odle
as David's Boss
Jedda Jones
as Craps Woman
Myra J.
as Craps Woman
Edwonda White
as Craps Woman
Ritamarie Kelly
as Dress Shop Saleslady
Joseph Ruskin
as Pit Boss
Joe LaDue
as High Roller
David Rees Snell
as Businessman
Israel Juarbe
as Citizenship Student
Ben W. Fluker
as Roulette Croupier
Selma Archerd
as Auction Bidder
Carleen Sbordone
as Coffee Shop Waitress
Toru Nagai
as High-Roller Card-man
Lydia Nicole
as Citizenship Student
Maurice Sherbanee
as Citizenship Student
Steven Dean
as Craps Pit Boss
Frankie Jay Allison
as Craps Box Man
Elsa Raven
as Citizenship Student
Dana Williams
as Jeremy's Secretary
Matthew Barry
as Architecture Student
Chi-Muoi Lo
as Architecture Student
David E. Cousin
as Craps Dealer
Catlyn Day
as Wine Goddess
Art Chudabala
as Architecture Student
Irene Olga Lopez
as Gage's Maid
Hilary Reynolds
as Architecture Student
Jerome Rosenfeld
as Auction Bidder
Dru Davis
as Bernice
Rudy Morrison
as Maitre d'
Joe Bays
as Jeffrey
Robert "Bobby Z" Zajonc
as helicoptor pilot
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  • Apr 05, 2012
    The problem with the movie is the script, it was really silly and not powerful enough, but I still liked the solid performances from its three leads and the message is really good, its true that you cant buy love. It would of worked better if the script was well-done, yet it was disappointing, I kinda didn't bought the love story and it was sometimes cliche, though the directing, the message, the cinematography, and the strong performances was well done. There is something I don' agree with the Razzie Awards: "Worst Movie Of 1993", "Worst Supporting Actor for Woody Harrelson", I dont think so! it wasn't that bad at all, however the award that was well deserved was "Worst Screenplay", thats my only concern. the rest, pretty good.
    Angel G Super Reviewer
  • Aug 31, 2011
    The ingredients seem to be in place for a solid, if not great, film: a thought-provoking premise, a decent script, a star-studded cast and the director of one of the best thrillers of the 1980s in Adrian Lyne. Piece of cake right? Sadly, the execution is sorely lacking in "Indecent Proposal", the story of a financially hard-up couple Diana and David (Demi Moore and Woody Harrelson) who are willing to do just about anything to keep their heads above water, monetarily that is. Enter John Gage (Robert Redford), a billionaire who meets the couple in Vegas, as they're trying to win their lives back, and offers David a cool million in exchange for a night with his wife. The movie's tone flip-flops from cynical to sappy to banal and predictable, with the unsatisfying climax only adding to the letdown. The acting is shockingly poor and the direction lacking the punch that made the aforementioned "Fatal Attraction" a unsettling thriller. Armed with even better potential resources this time out, somehow Lyne can't pull this one off.
    Matt F Super Reviewer
  • Jul 02, 2011
    this movie was ok, but it wasn't great it could have been alot better. The wife and husband equally both acted like idiots in this movie and i had no sympathy for either of them
    Paul A Super Reviewer
  • Apr 07, 2010
    The story of the movie was indeed mind boggling and centers around a wealthy business tycoon (Robert Redford) offering a young couple (Demi Moore and Woody Harrelson) $1,000,000 if she agrees to sleep with him one night. It attempts to make people believe that if a woman loves a man that she will not sleep with another man no matter what's at stake. Although the couple agrees that this is a way out of their financial dilemma, the fact that the marriage was so shaken up after the incident only showed flaws in their relationship. Thought provoking indeed and an interesting exploration of human relationships!
    Deb S Super Reviewer

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