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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 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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Sam the Clerk
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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:

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$1,796,389 (USA)
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Actor Ho-Sung Pak is a fan of Sherilyn Fenn's performance in Boxing Helena (1993). She later appeared in his film Fist of the Warrior (2007). See more »

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The main character has an English accent, even though neither of his parents (both of whom are heard speaking) do, the story takes place in America, and it is implied that he grew up there as well. See more »

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WOMAN IN CHAINS
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Written by Roland Orzabal
Produced by Tears for Fears & David Bascombe
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Great concept ruined by pure incompetence
13 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

One of the most intriguing concepts imaginable is brutally mangled by Jennifer Chambers Lynch's highly incompetent and infuriatingly redundant direction and appalling writing, which (combined with Greame Revell's score) makes ‘Boxing Helena' seem like a particularly ham-fisted episode of ‘The Red Shoe Diaries'.

Doctor Nick Cavanaugh lacks any kind of character definition or motivation and the titular Helena is portrayed an insufferable hag, incapable of inducing even the slightest bit of empathy in the viewer. In fact, my apathy was almost palpable all through the maddeningly predictable plot, a feeling confirmed by the even more maddening cop-out ending.

I love David Lynch to death, but the spawn of his loins apparently didn't inherit a smidgen of his talent.


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