Rated: R For nudity and sexual content. Reviewed by: Chris Release date: April 7, 1993 Released by: Paramount Pictures Corporation
A young couple, Diana and David Murphy (Demi Moore and Woody Harrelson) are victims of the economic recession. David loses his job as an architect and the new house they're building is about to be foreclosed.
In a last ditch effort to save their property, they take $5,000 they've borrowed from David's father and try to parlay it in Las Vegas. There, they meet Billionaire John Gage (Robert Redford) who's run into a little bad luck of his own. He's down about a million bucks and asks Diana to sit by him for luck.
After Gage wins his money back, he offers them a million dollars for one night with Diana; supposedly he's intrigued by her belief that money con't by people.
At first, the couple avoid his proposition and then sort of talk each other into it, never realistically dealing with the morality or aftermath of such a proposal.
David kisses Diana goodbye, leaving her in Gage's suite, and goes to soak his miseries in a bottle of booze.
The question posed - can Diana and David go on with heir lives, a lot richer, but as if nothing happened? The real question should be - can Diana forget the sophisticated, handsome, charming and rich Gage and go home to boyish, naive David? (Harrelson plays this character very much like country-boy Woody on Cheers.)
With its dreamy music by John Barry, rich extravagant settings and beautiful people, the film turns out to be a love triangle. A similar story was looked at in lighter vein in the funny Honeymoon in Vegas.
Directed by Adrian Lyne from a novel by Jack Englehard, the film is fast and smart and glitzy, much like a nighttime soap opera, and I loved every superficial, delicious minute of it.
One thing though, if there's a choice to be made between Harrelson and Redford, I can only say - no contest - Redford all the way!!!