The Proposition (1998)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   B.5

USA, 1998.  , .  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

 and  play a filthy rich, prominent society couple whose marital troubles are centered on the fact that he can’t get her pregnant. To solve the problem, they hire a young lawyer from Hurt’s firm () to do the job, but he falls in love with the leading lady and gets a little obsessed. Then he mysteriously ends up in a commoner’s grave and the movie shifts gears;  enters as the priest who somehow gets involved in the kerfuffle (I think he loves the lady too), and plays Hurt’s right-hand-man lawyer. The production values are plush and beautiful, but on the whole it’s a grotesque mess that not even the director seems to understand (the actors certainly don’t seem to know what they are doing). is exceptional as Hurt’s longtime devoted housekeeper, though even she seems to realize she’s playing a character way beyond its own cliche.

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