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The Proposition (1998)

Rating:R
Genre:Drama, Romance
Release Date:March 27, 1998
Running time:110 minutes
Cast:Madeleine Stowe, William Hurt, Kenneth Branagh, Blythe Danner, Robert Loggia
Director:Lesli Linka Glatter
Producer:Ted Field, Scott Kroopf, Diane Nabatoff
Writer:Rick Ramage
Distributor:PolyGram Filmed Entertainment

Description: 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.~ Bhob Stewart, All Movie Guide

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