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Boxing Helena (1993)

A surgeon becomes obsessed with the seductive woman he once was in 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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(as Jennifer Chambers Lynch)

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(story), (screenplay) (as Jennifer Chambers Lynch)

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Cast

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Betsy Clark ...
Anne Garrett
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Fantasy Lover / Nurse
Meg Register ...
Marion Cavanaugh
Bryan Smith ...
Marla Levine ...
Patricia
Kim Lentz ...
Nurse Diane
Lloyd T. Williams ...
Sam the Clerk
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Pastor
Erik Shoaff ...
Uncle Charlie
Lisa Oz ...
Flower Shop Girl
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Storyline

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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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:

Boxing Hanna  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$787,724, 6 September 1993, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,796,389
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Acrotomophilia is the phenomenon of sexual attraction to amputees, specifically to the stump. See more »

Goofs

When Nick Cavanaugh is on the phone in a telephone box, the camera spins around the box. The reflection on all four sides of the phone box is identical indicating that the phone box is surrounded on all four sides by the same building with the same neon light. See more »

Quotes

Ray O'Malley: Hasta whatever!
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Connections

Referenced in House M.D.: Parents (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

YOU'RE NOBODY 'TIL SOMEBODY LOVES YOU
Performed by Cab Calloway
Written by Russ Morgan (as R. Morgan), Larry Stock (as L. Stock), James Cavanaugh (as J. Cavanaugh)
Courtesy of LaserLight Digital
By Arrangement with Sounds of Film
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Boxing Controversy...
17 November 2001 | by See all my reviews

Boxing Helena is a highly controversial film about a man's sexual obsession.

Kim Basinger was initially offered to act as Helena, but she declined because she believed it was degrading to women. However, we should decide for ourselves what our own opinions are.

It appears to be more degrading to men. Nick is obsessive, Ray is the typical slob, the other men are more or less submissive or weak. Aside from the relatively poor cinematography, the film conveys a side of life that many film makers seek to avoid, and for this it should be given credit.


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