Boxing Helena (1993)

R  |   |  Drama, Mystery, Romance  |  3 September 1993 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Alan Harrison
Dr. Lawrence Augustine
Betsy Clark ...
Anne Garrett
Fantasy Lover / Nurse
Meg Register ...
Marion Cavanaugh
Bryan Smith ...
Marla Levine ...
Kim Lentz ...
Nurse Diane
Lloyd T. Williams ...
Sam the Clerk
Erik Shoaff ...
Uncle Charlie
Lisa Oz ...
Flower Shop Girl


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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Release Date:

3 September 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dobozba zárt szerelem  »

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$1,796,389 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Jennifer Chambers Lynch wrote the screenplay when she was 19 years old. See more »


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 »


Doctor Nick Cavanaugh: If you were a real woman, you'd lie to me about our sex.
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Referenced in The Nanny: I Don't Remember Mama (1994) See more »


Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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By Arrangement with Sounds of Film
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13 February 2004 | by (Mississippi, United States) – See all my reviews

This is a bizarre film experience. It's well stated that this is directed by David Lynch's daughter so we should expect something different. I did..just not THIS different. The concept of a man having such an obsession with a woman that he would go to the extremes of kidnapping her and cutting off her limbs so she can't leave is kinda not for most tastes. Yet I have an odd fascination with it. It's just so weird to describe. The idea is just sick,but the film has you wondering what other lengths Julien Sands might stoop to. Obviously,Sherilyn Fenn's character is not gonna elicit much sympathy with such a strikingly bitchy personality..but really no one deserves what she got. Bill Paxton also has a peculiar role in this film as the only hope for saving Fenn. There's a bizarre scene where Sands makes Fenn watch him making love to another woman. This film is just too wildly bizarre for most people..I'm not exactly the best to trust in so you must see for yourself.. **/*****

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