Indecent Proposal



117 Min

Indecent Proposal


A married woman agrees to have sex with another man for $1,000,000.


Apr 7th, 1993


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  • Jeremy: Davy, she says she doesn't want the money.
    David: Well, I don't want the money either.
    Jeremy: ...I'll take it. I mean, nobody else wants it.
  • [first lines]
    David: [sitting on a pier] Losing Diana is like losing a part of me. I thought nothing could change the way we felt about each other. I thought we were invincible.
    Diana: [riding in a bus] Someone once said, if you want something very badly, set it free. If it comes back to you, it's yours forever. If it doesn't, it was never yours to begin with. I knew one thing, I was David's to begin with, and he was mine.
  • Diana: The dress is for sale. I'm not.
  • [last lines]
    Diana: Have I ever told you I love you?
    David: No.
    Diana: I do.
    David: Still?
    Diana: Always.
  • Jeremy: [on the phone] Let me get this straight. He offered you a million dollars for a night with your wife? As in *your* wife Diana? And you agreed to it? I don't know what to say. How could you do something like that? *How could you negotiate without me?* Never negotiate without your lawyer. Never! For a woman like Diana I could have gotten you at least two million. Obviously, you don't want to get screwed, and then... screwed!
  • John: [while playing pool] Where do you see yourself in let's say, ten years?
    David: I wouldn't mind being a billionaire like yourself
    John: I mean even beyond money, what would satisfy you completely? For you to sleep well at night?
    David: You're saying you're not satisfied?
    John: Who is?
    Diana: [while watching them play] I am
    John: Does she mean it?
    David: I hope so
    John: Well then you may not have won in Vegas but you're a lucky man because I have money and businesses and security you just have something I don't have.
  • Diana: Somethings are not for sale.
    John: Such as?
    Diana: Well you can't buy people.
  • Diana: Your pants are on fire.
    David: You have no idea.
  • Jeremy: OK, David, before we go any further, let's get the moral issue out of the way.
    David: Leave that to us.
    Jeremy: No, I was referring to my fee. I get five percent.
  • Day Tripper: [to David and Diana, while watching John playing in the high rollers section inside the casino] That's John Gage, that's a damn billionaire, that's a rich son of a bitch right there. He's down over a million dollars already, see the gold coins he's playing with? Ten thousand dollars a piece, every time he lays one down, ten thousand big ones, look at how cool he is, that son of a bitch must get more pussy than you can shake a stick at.
  • David: [Narrating, referring their idea to construct and build the house David designed himself] it was brilliant even though I didn't understand a word of it. We had to tighten our belts because of the loan payments but it was our future and I got to build my dream house and then the recession hit. Construction fell to its lowest point in years, people were being laid off everywhere and I was one of them. I was desperate we stood to lose everything: the house I had building even our own home. I swallowed my pride and borrowed five thousand dollars from my father but it wasn't enough, we needed fifty thousand dollars
  • David: [Narrating] I graduated from architecture school and got a job at a small firm. Diana helped support us by selling real estate. I spent all of my free time working on a design of my own, it summed up everything about architecture that really mattered to me, it was my dream house
  • John: [reading through the contract drawn up by Jeremy] Do you want to elaborate on the "Verification" clause?
    Jeremy: Verification? That means you pay even if the relationship isn't consummated.
    John: You mean if I'm impotent?
    Jeremy: It's important for a lawyer to cover contingencies.
    John: I can live with that. The "John Garfield Clause"?
    Jeremy: That's if you die in the act.
    John: I have no problem with that either. Could I have your pen?

    [signs contract]
    John: You're pretty good, you know.
    Jeremy: Thank you.
    John: You should come and work for me.
    Jeremy: Ooh!
  • Diana: [Narrating] we had our differences, he used to take his clothes off and leave them on the floor it made me crazy. We never had much money so David would show me architecture that moved him but sometimes I'd have to ask "why are we looking at a stupid car wash? "And he'd just say "no, not stupid, don't just use your eyes: he made me look at things differently
  • Diana: I would never do this for myself. It was all for you.
    David: Don't lie to me! You were attracted to him!
  • John: Dance?
    Diana: I should go.
    John: I remember once when I was young, and I was coming back from some place, a movie or something. I was on the subway and there was a girl sitting across from me and she was wearing this dress that was bottoned queer up right to here, she was the most beautiful thing I've ever seen. And I was shy then, so when she would look at me I would look away, then afterwards when I would look back she would look away. Then I got to where I was gonna get off, and got off, the doors closed, and as the train was pulling away she looked right at me and gave me the most incredible smile. It was awful, I wanted to tear the doors open. And I went back every night, same time, for two weeks, but she never showed up. That was 30 years ago and I don't think that theres a day that goes by that I don't think about her, I don't want that to happen again. Just one dance?
  • David: I thought we were invincible. But now I know that the things that people in love do to each other, they remember. And if they stay together, it's not because they forget. It's because they forgive.
  • Jeremy: For a million bucks *I'd* sleep with him. [David glares at him]... Maybe not.
  • John: [to his class] Even a common ordinary brick wants to be something more than it is - wants to be something better than it is. And that is what we must be... See you on Friday.
    Jeremy: A brick wants to be something, huh? I bet it doesn't want to be a lawyer.
  • David: I thought he was the better man. I know now he's not. Just got more money.
  • Diana: If you ever want something badly, let it go. If it comes back to you, then it's yours forever. If it doesn't, then it was never yours to begin with.
  • Diana: [Narrating] We met in the high school, David was a senior and I was a freshman. On Wednesdays after glee club he would drive me and my best friend home from school. I used to watch him in the rear view mirror, I fell in love with his eyes and when I turned nineteen he proposed to me on the pier on Paradise Cove. Our parents were against it, they said we were too young, we really didn't know each other. David said "A life without risk is no life at all" so we eloped.
  • David: [while playing pool] I guess there's limits to what money can buy.
    John: Not many.
    Diana: Well some things aren't for sale.
    John: Such as?
    Diana: Well you can't buy people.
    John: That's naive, Diana. I buy people every day.
    Diana: In business, maybe, but you can't buy people not when real emotions are involved.
    John: So you're saying you can't buy love? That's a bit of a cliché don't you think?
    Diana: It's absolutely true.
    John: Is it? What do you think?
    David: I agree with Diana.
    John: You do? Well let's test the cliché. Suppose... I were to offer you one million dollars for one night with your wife.
    David: I'd assume you're kidding.
    John: Let's pretend I'm not. What would you say?
    Diana: He'd tell you to go to hell.
    John: I didn't hear him.
    David: I'd tell you to go to hell.
    John: That's a reflex answer because you view the question as hypothetical. But let's say that there was real money backing it up. I'm not kidding. A million dollars. The night would come and go but the money could last a lifetime. Think of it. A million dollars. A lifetime of security... for one night. Don't answer right away. Just consider it; seriously?
    David: We're positive, okay?
    John: Well then you've proved your point. There are limits to what money can buy. It's late, and I hate to admit it, but I have meetings in the morning. May I have one dance? With your permission.
    David: You know something? I think you better hurry on to that meeting. You don't want to miss out on your next billion.
    John: Understood. I wouldn't part with her either. Good night.
  • John: Excuse me? Would you mind lending me your wife?
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