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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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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 »

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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Did You Know?


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


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 »


Doctor Nick Cavanaugh: Make a wish.
Helena: They never come true.
Doctor Nick Cavanaugh: Mine has.
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References A Zed & Two Noughts (1985) See more »


Performed by Cab Calloway
Written by Russ Morgan (as R. Morgan), Larry Stock (as L. Stock), James Cavanaugh (as J. Cavanaugh)
Courtesy of LaserLight Digital
By Arrangement with Sounds of Film
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Far better than it's given credit for.
3 September 2003 | by (Chancellorsville VA) – See all my reviews

My recommendation is to ignore the negative comments and see it for yourself. Ignore the artsy-fartsy crowd whose dislike, one feels, has more to do with the bad press and criticism by the liberal crowd than it has to do with the film's actual merits.

I make no pretence to artsy film credentials, and I'm not a big fan of David Lynch, though v enjoy most of his work, bizarre as it is. However, I think his daughter did a respectable job, especially for the first time out. Some of the symbolism was a bit obvious, but I suspect that made the symbolism more accessible to the average viewer and not just the snooty film buffs. As far as the inconsistencies the critics love to point out -- big deal. The whole "Rosebud" schtick in Citizen Kane was ludicrous and silly, but let's at least allow the same literary license to others.

I thought Sands and Fenn did superb jobs, and I thought the direction and music was far better than average. I enjoyed the movie enough to see it three times so far, and my opinion hasn't changed. I also believe the "trick ending" was essential to the movie and not just some shabby trick. Without it, it's just a gross slasher film and not a think-piece. There's a lot of unpleasant truth about male-female relationships in this film, and Lynch brought it out very well.

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