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Bound (1996)

Corky, a tough female ex con and her lover Violet concoct a scheme to steal millions of stashed mob money and pin the blame on Violet's crooked boyfriend Caesar.

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Corky, a lesbian ex con hired to work in an apartment as a plumber, meets neighbors Caesar, who launders money for the Mafia, and his girlfriend Violet. The two women have a love affair and decide to steal $2,000,000 that Caesar has in custody before he gives them back to Mafia boss Gino Marzone. Caesar is set up by the two scheming women as a scapegoat but things start to go wrong when he reacts in an unexpected way... Written by Giancarlo Cairella <vertigo@imdb.com>

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A trust so deep it cuts both ways. See more »


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Rated R for strong sexuality, violence and language | See all certifications »

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4 October 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Business  »

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Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$900,902, 6 October 1996, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,798,532, 22 December 1996
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This was the film that convinced the studio of the Wachowski's talent as directors so that they could make the The Matrix (1999), a screenplay/story they had come up with during the filming of their first screenplay, Assassins (1995). See more »

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When Violet is sitting up in bed after her tryst with Corky, she has just one shoulder strap in place. As the scene progresses, the strap jumps from her left shoulder to her right shoulder and back again. In the same scene, Corky's hair is (not) behind her ear, and the sheet covering Violet changes with the camera angle. See more »

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Violet: I'm not apologizing for what I did. I'm apologizing for what I didn't do.
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These Boots Were Made for Walkin'
Written by Lee Hazlewood
Sung by Christopher Meloni
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10 out of 10! Perfect!
4 September 2004 | by See all my reviews

Bound is a sexy, stylish and suspenseful modern visitation to the film noir genre that emerged in the 1940s and 1950s. Right from the outset - where the letters of the film's name cast deep dark shadows like high-rise buildings - the viewer is inducted into a world where duplicity is the norm and where choices made

result in prices being paid. And with over $2 million of Mob money at stake, the risk to life and limb is very high indeed. Violet is a latter-day gangster's moll looking for a way out of 'the business'. Her chance comes when her boyfriend, Ceasar, brings home a fortune in cash to be

sorted and collated before being passed on to the Chicago Mafia. She seduces

the tough-talking ex-con who is renovating the next-door apartment (an

impressively butch Gina Gershon) and together they scheme to relieve the Mob

of the money. But when Ceasar doesn't react according to plan, suddenly there are dead bodies to deal with and events begin to spiral out of control. The

women's trust in each other is stretched to breaking point as they are drawn into a deadly battle of wits. Directors Larry and Andy Wachowski make judicious use of the conventions of

film noir, such as extensive chiaroscuro, and some imaginative and

uncomfortable extreme close-up shots. The clever cinematography is backed up

by a tension-laden script and an excellent cast (particularly Joe Pantoliano as the increasingly frenzied Ceasar). Although Bound may take some viewers out

of their comfort zone with its graphic lesbian sex scene (which I LOVE!) and

depiction of Mob torture tactics, it is a film that will reward its audience with a stylish and intelligent foray into the eternally murky confluence of good and evil.


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