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Boxing Helena (1993)

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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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Anne Garrett
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Marion Cavanaugh
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Patricia
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Sam the Clerk
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Erik Shoaff ...
Uncle Charlie
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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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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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3 September 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dobozba zárt szerelem  »

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$1,796,389 (USA)
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Ed Harris and John Malkovich were offered the lead role of Dr. Nick Cavanaugh. The role eventually went to Julian Sands. See more »

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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 »

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Doctor Nick Cavanaugh: If you were a real woman, you'd lie to me about our sex.
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Referenced in Melrose Place: Boxing Sydney (1995) See more »

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WOMAN IN CHAINS
Performed by Tears for Fears
Written by Roland Orzabal
Produced by Tears for Fears & David Bascombe
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Boxed in by mother -love
2 August 2004 | by (Winnipeg, Manitoba) – See all my reviews

Like all Lynch films (and daughter follows father's technique totally) this one requires multiples viewings (at least two). Surprisingly, none of the commentators seem to have gotten the gist of it, although this is not too difficult to grasp, given that the symbolism, while occasionally complex, is not that obscure. A couple of brief tips should help. Venus= Marion (for the obtuse this is only apparent at the very end), and Helena= Venus. The three scenes in which Marion appears (two of them nude or semi-nude) are a give away, as is Helena's reference to Nick as a "little boy" (confirmed by his behavior). The only "mystery" in this absorbing study of incestuous obsession is whether Nick and Marion actually did the deed. And the answer comes in the latter part of the "dream" (when "Helena" teaches Nick, on whom she have finally taken pity, how a woman ought to be properly loved). Nick's real life love interests are a disarticulation of Marion, with Anne representing her loving side (and very similar in physical appearance) while Helena (wonderfully played by Sherilyn Fenn) is the bitchy slutty yet ultimately redeeming side. The storyline recounts how Nick "copes" with the loss of Marion after her death (not very well), but there is no resolution of the problem. Once you've gotten the basics though, it's fascinating to see how elegantly and delicately this psycho-deviation is treated. Nothing is superfluous, and everything fits. Even the "dream", which is part fantasy, part reality, part prophecy. The film is not a masterpiece, but it is very well done. See it again with the correct perspective.


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