The Proposition (1998)

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This drama chronicles the efforts of a 1930s upper-class Boston couple to have a child. Lawyer and FDR advisor Arthur is sterile, but his wife Eleanor wants a child. They hire Harvard student Roger to impregnate Eleanor, but he becomes infatuated with her. Infuriated, Arthur threatens to kill Roger.
Rating:
PG-13
Genre:
Drama , Romance
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In Theaters:
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Studio:
PolyGram Filmed Entertainment

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Cast

William Hurt
as Arthur Barret
Blythe Danner
as Syril Danning
Kenneth Branagh
as Father Michael McKinnon
Robert Loggia
as Hannibal Thurman
Madeleine Stowe
as Eleanor Barret
Thomas Downey
as Torrey Harrington
Neil Patrick Harris
as Roger Martin
Josef Sommer
as Father Dryer
Pamela Hart
as Skip Taylor
Ken Cheeseman
as Wayne Fenton
Tom Kemp
as Arthur's Chauffeur
David Byrd
as Dr. Jenkins
Dossy Peabody
as Hannibal's Secretary
Jim Chiros
as Timothy
Frank T. Wells
as Coroner
Lawrence Bull
as Butler Captain
Bronia Wheeler
as Sister Mary Frances
Fr. Frank Toste
as Father Frank Timothy
Dee Neslon
as Susan Vicar
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Critic Reviews for The Proposition

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (1)

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Full Review… | December 6, 2005
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October 6, 2005
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September 29, 2005
EmanuelLevy.Com

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Full Review… | March 31, 2003
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Full Review… | December 8, 2002
Film Threat

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July 30, 2002
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Audience Reviews for The Proposition

½

Well, this wasn't the western I thought it was... This melodrama does not hold any attention for the viewer. The constant, one tone music is annoying. The acting, the voice overs, none of it is engaging. Neil Patrick Harris is unintentionally hilarious and serves as the film's only reason to watch it. SPOILERS! Here's the entire story of the movie, because this description is much more entertaining that their execution. William Hurt and his wife want a baby, so they hire NPH to knock her up. He does, but falls in love with her. He dies mysteriously and then the wife finds his body in a graveyard and falls into an unfilled grave, smooshing the baby. Kenneth Branagh plays a priest who decides to play detective to see if Hurt killed NPH, but in the investigation has a torrid affair with the wife. She gives birth and dies. Kenneth learns something about faith. The end.

Robert Iwataki
Robert Iwataki
½

This is a fantastic and overlooked film with deeply moral themes. People either love it or hate it; few point out that there are so many moral themes in its "Mad Men"-style, telegraph-like dialogue, the running time could not do it justice. This should be remade--with its original director--as a mini-series or even a complete series. It is that good.

Hilary Palencar
Hilary Palencar
½

Well, this wasn't the western I thought it was... This melodrama does not hold any attention for the viewer. The constant, one tone music is annoying. The acting, the voice overs, none of it is engaging. Neil Patrick Harris is unintentionally hilarious and serves as the film's only reason to watch it. SPOILERS! Here's the entire story of the movie, because this description is much more entertaining that their execution. William Hurt and his wife want a baby, so they hire NPH to knock her up. He does, but falls in love with her. He dies mysteriously and then the wife finds his body in a graveyard and falls into an unfilled grave, smooshing the baby. Kenneth Branagh plays a priest who decides to play detective to see if Hurt killed NPH, but in the investigation has a torrid affair with the wife. She gives birth and dies. Kenneth learns something about faith. The end.

Robert I (Master of All Movies)
Robert I (Master of All Movies)

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