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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)
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Dr. Alan Harrison
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Dr. Lawrence Augustine
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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A deep, dark obsession that bares a woman's body and a man's soul. 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:

Dobozba zárt szerelem  »

Box Office

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$1,796,389 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jennifer Lynch wrote the screenplay when she was 19 years old. 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

Doctor Nick Cavanaugh: Make a wish.
Helena: They never come true.
Doctor Nick Cavanaugh: Mine has.
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Connections

Referenced in Selfie: Perestroika (2014) See more »

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I CAN'T MAKE YOU LOVE ME
Performed by Venice
Written by M. Reid, A. Shamblin
Produced by Gunnar Nelson for Mr. G. Productions
Engineered and Mixed by Stephen J. Benben
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Misunderstood
4 September 2002 | by (Nottingham, England) – See all my reviews

''such a nice fantasy'' ?????

To me the whole point of this film was to wrap you up in what is an extremely sick and obsessive male fantasy, make you almost believe it is OK, and then at the end you look at what you have accepted and realise it for what it is.

Boxing Helena is not comfortable watching, but I think a brilliant and involved portrayal of how people(men generally) justify and accept the most controlling acts and confuse them with love.


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