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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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Dr. Lawrence Augustine
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Anne Garrett
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Fantasy Lover / Nurse
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Marion Cavanaugh
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Patricia
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Sam the Clerk
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Erik Shoaff ...
Uncle Charlie
Lisa Oz ...
Flower Shop Girl
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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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Beyond love, beyond obsession, there hides something beyond reason. 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)  »

Also Known As:

Dobozba zárt szerelem  »

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$1,796,389 (USA)
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Filmed in Atlanta attorney Ed Garland's 15,000 square foot mansion. The house also was used for portions of Driving Miss Daisy (1989). 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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Ray O'Malley: Hasta whatever!
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References A Zed & Two Noughts (1985) See more »

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lengthy surgery with no anesthesia...
14 October 2005 | by (Hellfudge, Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

God almighty, what is this royal puke stain of celluloid? If you thought the French were notorious for long-winded tales peppered with shallow existentialist talk and imagery, "Boxing Helena" proves that Americans (lucky daughters of well-loved directors included) can do it just as horribly. Julian Sands plays Nick, a neurotic, sexually dysfunctional doctor who is smitten with the bitchy Helena (Sherilyn Fenn); Helena wants nothing to do with Nick; Helena gets in a freak accident, loses both her legs, and Nick imprisons her in his lonely mansion. This sounds like a great setup for a meditation on the nature of obsession, but the characters change so little from their miserable, cloying, and/or unlikable selves (save for passages of inexplicable, out-of-character behavior) that the film becomes an overstated, one-note gag that isn't funny. While Sands is indeed grating as the well-intentioned drip of a doctor, it is Fenn who sits at the crux of "Boxing Helena"'s paradox: why would anyone want to preserve someone so beautiful on the outside but completely rotten on the inside? Personally, I was waiting for Sands to amputate her head so the movie could finally be over...


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