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Boxing Helena (1993)

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A surgeon becomes obsessed with the seductive woman he once had an affair with. Refusing to accept that she has moved on, he amputates her limbs and holds her captive in his mansion.

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A top surgeon is besotted with a beautiful woman who once ditched him. Unable to come to terms with life without her, he tries to convince her that they need each other. She has other ideas, but an horrific accident leaves her at his mercy. The plot is bizarre and perhaps sick at times, ending abruptly and with a twist. Written by Rob Hartill

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A deep, dark obsession that bares a woman's body and a man's soul. See more »


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Rated R on appeal for two scenes of strong sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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3 September 1993 (USA)  »

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$1,796,389 (USA)
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Jennifer Chambers Lynch wrote the screenplay when she was 19 years old. See more »

Goofs

Helena's black dress changes specifically when she is walking through the fountain in her undergarments, as it is impossible for the black dress she wears in all other scenes of Nick's party to conceal the particular underclothing. See more »

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Helena: A woman is something soft; something warm when you feel her. When she's naked. When she's touched. Discovered. You see that things happen inside of her. She opens up. Sometimes a woman is sad. Sometimes she's angry. Helpless. Beautiful. Sometimes she's strong. She's still only that one woman. Talk to her - in deep whispers. Tell her what you're doing, what you see. Move slowly. Tell her you're inside of her. Tell her how it feels. Touch her. Use your tongue. Your breath. When she's about to ...
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Referenced in King of the Hill: Boxing Luanne (2003) See more »

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SADENESS
Performed by Enigma
Written by Michael Cretu (as Curly M.C.), Frank Peterson (as F. Gregorian),
David Fairstein
Produced by Enigma
Courtesy of Virgin Records Ltd./Charisma Records America, Inc.
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With a bigger budget and some directorial finesse, "Boxing Helena" might've been a contender...
7 May 2002 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Poorly-made, scrappy and off-putting erotic drama executed without the courage of its own idea. Lurid story concerns an obsessed surgeon's relationship with an indifferent vixen. Amusing in parts, the film occasionally goes out on the proverbial limb, but it's also messy and unfocused. Perhaps the behind-the-scenes troubles with original star Kim Basinger got in director Jennifer Lynch's way. In any event, Lynch hasn't been given the chance to purge this demon from her resume...one look at it and you'll know why. It's a curious mix of sex, fantasy and horror, but so perplexing and muddled, the provocative angle of the whole scenario gets lost. *1/2 from ****


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