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Indecent Proposal

Published October 12, 2019

Indecent Proposal

Film info

  • Title Indecent Proposal
  • Director Adrian Lyne
  • Year 1993
  • Run time 1hr 57m
  • Genres Drama, Romance
  • Tagline A husband. A wife. A millionaire. A proposal

Demi Moore and Woody Harrelson are Diana and David Murphy, a financially strapped couple who are betting on a quick trip to Las Vegas to deal them a lucky hand. But the odds are suddenly even more attractive when billionaire John Cage (Robert Redford) ups the ante - complete financial freedom. The price? One night of passion with Diana. The payoff? A cool $1 million. But what seems to be a quick and simple solution to their money problems creates more friction than the couple bargained for as the high stakes of trust, love and attraction come into play as part of Gage's compelling proposal.

Live blog

Time Comment
3:08 19 is very young to get married.
4:42 Rage laundry is fun.
7:35 Grand Designs sort of.
10:03 So many lights in Las Vegas, it’s boggling.
13:44 Emotions go yay Robert Redford… oh boo creepy Robert Redford.
15:19 Stop throwing the money around, you might lose some of it!
19:23 Love the diner woman shaking her head. She’s seen it all before.
21:17 Hundred per cent knew what the outcome of that was going to be but it was still really stressful. ROULETTE WHEELS SUCK.
23:46 “You think she’ll ever come back?” This, I feel, is the crucial point of the whole film.
34:38 “There’s limits to what money can buy.” “Not many.”
35:59 Why is he offering the money to the husband? BLAH.
38:44 Interesting conundrum.
44:54 I was outraged at the lawyers 5% but he has thought of things I never would have.
49:09 It must be quite hard to be left behind but just get drunk and pass out. Time’ll go quicker.
53:10 I like that she’s a bit wobbly being on a boat.
57:33 Heads or tails on foreign coins doesn’t help me. If I can’t see the queen, I have no clue.
1:04:06 “Maybe if we just talk about this we can put it behind us.” That has never worked in the history of cinema.
1:12:08 “Thank you for your trust. And for listening.” And for wasting an entire bottle of wine!
1:18:58 Angry estate agent is funny.
1:28:32 It’s not just annoying because it means the stupid husband did have something to be jealous about, even though he didn’t when he was being an ass.
1:38:15 When your lawyer friend shows up, you know it’s a divorce.
1:38:29 Wait… random Billy Connelly??
1:41:33 I want to be the proud owner of a hippo!
1:46:53 The million dollar club! Oh my god.

Thoughts

I was dreading this a bit, I didn’t think it would have aged well and might not work in this slightly more enlightened era we’re living in. But actually, aside from some early quibbles where they referred to Demi as the husband’s property, I didn’t think it was too bad.

It really raises some interesting moral, relationship and ethical questions - would you, how much would you, how on earth would you recover? It’s definitely the kind of thing that you can speculate about but really don’t know how you’re going to react until something like that happened to you.

And as it’s not likely to, it was interesting to watch it all unfold through this fictional couple. The only thing that didn’t quite stack up was just how crackers he went after the one night and then was pretty resigned and okay with it when she left him completely. Bit weird.

I did like the ending though, and how he did the thing to make it easier for her and then she knew that he had and… yea, it was just a satisfying conclusion to the story.

Rating: 5 / 5

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