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The Proposition (1998)

The Proposition




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This drama about the efforts of an upper-class couple to have a child takes place in 1935 Boston. When Father Michael McKinnon (Kenneth Branagh) arrives from England to join the St. Jude's clergy, he avoids wealthy parishioners Arthur and Eleanor Barret (William Hurt, Madeleine Stowe). Attorney Arthur, an FDR adviser, and successful author Eleanor, want a child, but Arthur is sterile. Eleanor asks Arthur to pay someone to impregnate her, and Harvard law student Roger Martin (Neil Patrick Harris) is hired. He profits considerably, since he is required to return for several attempts. However, he becomes obsessed with Eleanor, infuriating Arthur, who threatens to kill him. Emotions and events escalate, as McKinnon reveals he's the son of Arthur's Nazi-leaning brother, Eleanor loses the baby, McKinnon becomes attracted to Eleanor, and there's a mysterious' murder. Shown at the 1998 Santa Barbara Film Festival.more
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Rick Ramage
In Theaters:
PolyGram Filmed Entertainment


Kenneth Branagh
as Father Michael McKin...
William Hurt
as Arthur Barret
Madeleine Stowe
as Eleanor Barret
Neil Patrick Harris
as Roger Martin
Blythe Danner
as Syril Danning
Robert Loggia
as Hannibal Thurman
Josef Sommer
as Father Dryer
Bronia Wheeler
as Sister Mary Frances
Ken Cheeseman
as Wayne Fenton
Jim Chiros
as Timothy
Dee Neslon
as Susan Vicar
Pamela Hart
as Skip Taylor
Dossy Peabody
as Hannibal's Secretary
Thomas Downey
as Torrey Harrington
Tom Kemp
as Arthur's Chauffeur
Fr. Frank Toste
as Father Frank Timothy
David Byrd
as Dr. Jenkins
Lawrence Bull
as Butler Captain
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Critic Reviews for The Proposition

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (5)

Full Review… | March 27, 1998
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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September 24, 2005
Hollywood Reporter
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
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Full Review… | December 6, 2005
Film Threat

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A great movie!

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