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MOVIES A flurry of recent women-as-barter movies looks like a disturbing trend to feminists, but these films are finding an audience-`Indecent Proposal' earned $24 million in five days. Are these movies merely a manifestation of the fantasies of the men who run the studios-or do they represent something much more serious? For Some, the Signs Are Unsettling
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Los Angeles Times (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Los Angeles, Calif.
Author: Goldstein, Patrick
Date: Apr 18, 1993
Start Page: 8
Section: Calendar; Calendar Desk
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In Adrian Lyne's new film, "Indecent Proposal," billionaire playboy Robert Redford comes to visit Demi Moore at her realty company. As he walks into her office, we catch a glimpse of Moore's secretary, a blond bimbo busily filing her nails and reading "Backlash," Susan Faludi's 1991 expose of the war against women's rights.

[Dawn Steel] says she politely declined. "I have to be honest-he was too greasy. I couldn't even kiss him. But when I read that Robert Redford was playing that character in `Indecent Proposal,' I had to laugh. If it had been Robert Redford who'd made me the offer, I'd have done it for nothing!"

For anyone familiar with the tidy conventions of mainstream Hollywood films, the conclusion of "Indecent Proposal" is hardly surprising. The ending, derided by critics, has Redford deciding to give Moore up-and in a particularly insulting way, suggesting that she is simply the latest in a long string of million-dollar one-night stands.

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