QUESTION FOR INTERNET HIVE MIND: Indecent Proposal and William Goldman.

I got something tickling the back of my head and since there's nothing else I'm in the mood to write about tonight, I'm just going to throw this out there.
There is a movie called "Indecent Proposal". Made in 1993. Starring Robert Redford, Woody Harrelson and Demi Moore and directed by Adrian Lyne.
These are people who have all made very good movies. 
This is not one of them.
The basic premise is simple. A young couple with major money issues are propositioned by a millionaire. If the wife sleeps with him, he'll give the couple a million dollars. And yes, the movie is as junky as it sounds. 
The film manages to commit many crimes against cinema but the clip below shows one of the most blatant.       

"But Richard..." the younger ones of you reading this may ask, "What's wrong with that scene? It's a lovely little heartfelt confessional with a compelling central image. Didn't it touch that black lump of carbon you ironically call your heart?".
Well, leaving that cheap shot about my heart aside, yes I did find it touching..when I heard Everret Sloan do it in "Citizen Kane".

Yes, the Redford version has a few cosmetic differences. But both speeches are simular enough that to this day, I'm surprised that Orson Wells and Herman Mankiewicz didn't rise from their grave and beat the living crap out of everyone involved. 

Now it could be argued that no one caught this during the production phase and it just slipped through. But I think Lyne is too much of a film buff not to catch that something was cribbed from an essential text.  And I don't think it was meant as a homage either. I do have a theory and honestly, it's the only thing that makes sense.

Amy Jones is the sole credited writer in the credits but it's been noted that William Goldman did work on the script for a time.
Now Goldman is a legendary screenwriter (Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid. The Princess Bride.) who is just as well known for having a caustic wit.
So my guess is that yes, he wrote that scene cribbing from "Kane" but then had a scene later in the film after Harrelson and Moore have reconciled and are watching "Kane" on TV.
And they get to Bernstein's speech.
And Moore mutters under her breath, "That son of a bitch...".
And for whatever reason that scene got cut.

So tell me Internet Hive Mind, am I crazy or does this make any sense?
Feel free to sound off in the comments below and if you have a link proving or disproving my theory, go ahead and include it. 

Posted on September 22, 2014 and filed under Movies.