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The Proposition

Director:Lesli Linka Glatter
Writer:Rick Ramage
Director of Photography:Peter Sova
Editor:Jacqueline Cambas
Music:Stephen Endelman
Production Designer:David Brisbin
Producers:Ted Field, Scott Kroopf and Diane Nabatoff
Polygram; R; 114 minutes
Cast:Kenneth Branagh, Madeleine Stowe, William Hurt, Neil Patrick Harris, Robert Loggia, Josef Sommer, Blythe Danner, Bronia Wheeler and Ken Cheeseman

Branagh plays a Catholic priest who's hiding more than a few secrets under his robes. Set in 1930s Boston, sex scandals and murder unfold with about as much grace and depth as a daytime TV drama. Hurt plays a lawyer who goes to desperate measures to impregnate his beloved wife (Stowe) when he finds out he's infertile. But the stellar cast can't turn Ramage's watery screenplay into wine.

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