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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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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Release Date:

3 September 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dobozba zárt szerelem  »

Box Office


$1,796,389 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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The composition of the movie's promotional poster is a recreation of figure artist Ruth Bernhard's 1962 photograph, "In the Box (Horizontal)." The original is in the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. 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: Make a wish.
Helena: They never come true.
Doctor Nick Cavanaugh: Mine has.
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Performed by Andre Kostelanetz and His Orchestra
Written by Giacomo Puccini
Courtesy of Sony Classical
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Too out there for most but a select few will love this film
11 June 2002 | by (Pacific NW, USA) – See all my reviews

This film takes a screenplay that pushes the boundaries of the status quo and lets it run wild. Surrealistic, erotic, and darkly disturbing this film goes places most people won't admit they've been. For those few that are comfortable with who they are it presents an entertaining journey thru the extreme reaches of human eroticism. Suspense driven it takes the rider thru dreams and reality never quite allowing you to tell which is which until the very end. If you only enjoy movies with well defined good and evil you might find this an uncomfortable journey but for the adventurous soul rest assured, it is a journey worth taking.

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