How much are you worth? That’s the question posed by the 1993 film Indecent Proposal, which sees a married couple’s life fall into turmoil when a stranger offers them one million dollars if the wife spends the night with him.
Directed by Adrian Lyne and starring Robert Redford, Demi Moore and Woody Harrelson, Indecent Proposal is one of the most divisive films of the 1990s. Below are 10 things you might not have realised about this controversial classic.
10. The film made the diverse characters in the novel all white
Indecent Proposal is based on the novel of the same name by author Jack Engelhard.
The film made a number of changes to the story contained within the novel, where the main character was Jewish and the billionaire was Arabic.
9. It was originally set to star Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman
The film was originally planned as a vehicle for Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, who were of course a real-life couple at the time.
If the Cruise and Kidman version had taken off, it was planned that Warren Beatty would play the billionaire.
8. Julia Roberts turned down the opportunity to star
The role of Diana was initially offered to Julia Roberts, but she turned it down, so Demi Moore was cast instead.
Johnny Depp and Tim Robbins were also both approached about portraying David before Woody Harrelson was cast.
7. Woody Harrelson was sued after he agreed to star in the film
In order to star in Indecent Proposal, Woody Harrelson had to walk away from Benny & Joon, a film for which he had already signed a contract to appear in.
This meant that MGM sued him, a case which was settled by Paramount Pictures after they paid them half a million dollars.
6. Adrian Lyne and Demi Moore often argued during the shoot
It was reported that director Adrian Lyne and Demi Moore were often arguing during the shoot, with Lyne wanting Moore to show more “vulnerability.”
Lyne did however later apologise to Moore, after his time editing the film showed him that she had actually given him the performance he wanted after all.
5. Robert Redford kept missing his cue during the auction scene
On set reports revealed that Robert Redford kept missing his cue to leave the room during the auction scene.
This was reportedly because he was too busy listening to the jokes made by the auctioneer, who was played by Billy Connolly.
4. Woody Harrelson felt uncomfortable filming his sex scenes with Demi Moore
Woody Harrelson admitted in an interview to being rather uncomfortable filming his sex scenes with Demi Moore, and he had good reason.
It was all because Harrelson was good friends with Moore’s husband at the time, Bruce Willis.
3. Robert Redford’s body double was also a porn star
If you looked very closely during his sex scenes, then you may have spotted that Robert Redford had a body double.
And Redford’s body double was Randy West, a former porn star!
2. It was a commercial success despite being panned by critics
Indecent Proposal was panned my most of the critics that reviewed it, with the Rotten Tomatoes’ website consensus being that it “has difficulty keeping it up beyond its initial titillating premise.”
But despite the negativity it was a big box office success, making over $250 million worldwide from a budget of just $40 million.
1. A remake is currently in development
In 2018, Paramount Players announced that a remake of the film was development, and if you’re anything like us then you can’t wait to see it!
The screenplay for the remake has been written by Erin Cressida Wilson, who wrote, among other things, the film adaptation of The Girl on the Train.