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Indecent Proposal (1993) Poster

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Director Adrian Lyne was originally dismissive of casting Woody Harrelson as David, but changed his mind after watching White Men Can't Jump (1992). Harrelson said in one interview that doing love scenes with Demi Moore was uncomfortable because he was good friends with Moore's then-husband, Bruce Willis.
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Originally designed as a starring vehicle for Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, with Warren Beatty taking the part of the billionaire.
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Director Adrian Lyne and Demi Moore often fought on-set over her character, with Woody Harrelson trying to be mediator between the two. Lyne had argued that he wanted Moore to show vulnerability, while the actress defended herself. It was later while Lyne was editing the film that he realized she was portraying what he wanted all along, which he soon apologized to the actress.
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During the auction scene, John Gage (Robert Redford) is to leave the room. Redford kept missing his cue because he was listening to the jokes that auction emcee Billy Connolly was saying.
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Demi Moore's black cut-out Thierry Mugler-designed dress generated such immense interest after the movie's release, it was often copied by other designers.
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The role of Diana was first offered to Julia Roberts, who turned it down.
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Johnny Depp and Tim Robbins were approached to play the role of David Murphy.
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Diana is reading "The Firm" by John Grisham, which Paramount Pictures soon filmed afterwards filmed. The secretary at the real-estate office where she works is reading "Backlash", a book which criticizes Director Adrian Lyne for his portrayal of women in previous films.
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John Gage's (Robert Redford's) tale of his encounter with an attractive woman on a New York City subway was taken nearly verbatim from a similar speech in Citizen Kane (1941).
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Screenwriter Amy Holden Jones wanted Jason Alexander to be cast in the role of David and Diana's lawyer, but couldn't get Adrian Lyne to support the idea. Oliver Platt was cast in the role instead.
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On the DVD commentary, Director Adrian Lyne says Robert Redford walks better than anybody on Earth and couldn't quite get over the fact he was working with him.
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Andie MacDowell was considered for the role of Diana Murphy.
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The role of David was originally intended for Val Kilmer.
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John Cusack and Charlie Sheen turned down the role of David Murphy.
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The movie is very loosely based on Jack Engelhard's novel. While it does contain the story idea of "a million dollars for one night with a man's wife", most of the book focuses on Arab-Israeli intrigue.
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Porn star Randy West was Robert Redford's body double.
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William Baldwin was considered for the role of David Murphy.
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Halle Berry was interested in the film, but was refused an opportunity to audition because the studio was afraid of adding an unnecessary racial undertone to the plot.
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When this movie was first released on VHS in 1993, the first pressing cassettes were colored green. Paramount Home Video did this five times (five movies, five colors). The other four were The Hunt for Red October (1990) (red); Ghost (1990) (white); The Godfather: Part III (1990) (gold) and The Firm (1993) (blue).
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Woody Harrelson walked from Benny & Joon (1993), for which he had signed a contract, to do this movie. MGM sued, and Paramount Pictures settled for five hundred thousand dollars.
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DIRECTOR_TRADEMARK(Adrian Lyne): [lighting]: Characters are often photographed with source light coming in from the side at eye level, which often causes them to be silhouetted.
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DIRECTOR_TRADEMARK(Adrian Lyne): [Water]: When David (Woody Harrelson) finally confronts Diana (Demi Moore) about having sex with John (Robert Redford), Diana is washing dishes. Lyne often incorporates water with dramatic moments in his films.
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The tears shed by Demi Moore in the touching "girl that got away scene" in which Gage describes a past chance meeting with a beautiful girl are genuine. This scene was filmed without co-star Moore knowing any of Redfords dialogue, instead just being told to listen.
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This marks the second time that Director Adrian Lyne and Cinematographer Howard Atherton collaborated on a film. The first being Fatal Attraction (1987).
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In the scene where David tries to reach for Diana at the roof top of the hotel, when the helicopter takes off, a big sign can be seen with the legend "LADY LUCK", which might be allusive to the situation taking place.
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Sophie Marceau and Irene Jacob were auditioned for the role of Diana Murphy.
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Composer John Barry also worked with Robert Redford on Out of Africa (1985). Barry also worked with Demi Moore on The Scarlet Letter (1995).
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Woody Harrelson and Demi Moore appeared in Bunraku (2010).
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The car owned by David and Diana is a Citroen 2CV.
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