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The Proposition
The PropositionA wealthy and successful couple have
  all that life can offer them except for
  the one thing that would make their life
  complete, but as they cannot have their
  longed-for child their desperation drives
  them to make an unthinkable proposal
  to a young man whom the husband
  is interviewing for a job in their business
  — but it is a proposal that will have tragic
  consequences in The Proposition...”


TO THE OUTSIDE WORLD, wealthy industrialist Arthur Barret (William Hurt: The Incredible Hulk) and his beautiful wife Eleanor (Madeleine Stowe: Revenge) have everything, living in luxury in 1930's Boston.

Arriving to join the priesthood at St Jude's is Father Michael McKinnon (Kenneth Branagh: Valkyrie), little realising that he will soon be entangled with the very people he mysteriously wishes to avoid the most prominent parishioners with whom his superiors wish him to become acquainted.

Beautifully told
with poignancy and a
heartfelt sense of
longing,
The Proposition
is a touching drama
and a
love story of almost unimaginable torment...”
The Barrets are much in love, with just one thing standing in the way of their complete happiness: Arthur is sterile and unable to give his wife a child, despite trying everything in their power to solve their problem.

Arthur is waiting to interview a number of young men for a position within his company and with the arrival of attractive and intelligent young Harvard law student Roger Martin (Neil Patrick Harris: How I Met Your Mother), he believes he has found the answer to his prayers.

With his wife's full co-operation, Arthur makes a proposal to Roger. He is to spend a night with Eleanor with the intention of creating a child to be brought up as a Barret with no knowledge of his unorthodox conception. But will Arthur be able to bear thinking of his wife in the arms of another? And will Eleanor be affected in ways she cannot yet envisage?

At first reluctant to agree to this proposition that he appears to find distasteful, Roger relents and Eleanor becomes pregnant. But the best laid plans of mice and men have a strange way of crumbling to dust and tragedy is to follow after Roger falls in love with Eleanor and begins stalking her.

Beautifully told with poignancy and a heartfelt sense of longing, The Proposition is a touching drama and a love story of almost unimaginable torment. At times uncomfortable; sometimes amusing, the film benefits from a fine cast that includes a superb Blythe Danner as housekeeper Syril Danning.

The Proposition also features: Robert Loggia as Hannibal Thurman; Josef Sommer as Father Dryer; Tom Downey as Torres Harrington; Tom Kemp as Arthur's Chauffeur; and William O'Donnell as Andre.

Music is Composed, Orchestrated and Conducted by Stephen Endelman; Director of Photography is Peter Sova; Written by Rick Ramage; Executive Producer is Lata Ryan; Produced by Ted Field, Diane Nabatoff and Scott Kroopf; and Directed by Lesli Linka Glatter.

* The Proposition is released on DVD in the UK by Simply Media on 4 July 2016. Year: 1998 | Running Time: 107 Minutes | Catalogue Number: 164473 | RRP: 12.99.

"Beautifully told with poignancy and a heartfelt sense of longing, The Proposition is a touching drama and a love story of almost unimaginable torment" Maggie Woods