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Bound -- 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 Caeser.


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Writers (WGA):
Andy Wachowski (written by) &
Lana Wachowski (written by)
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Release Date:
4 October 1996 (USA) See more »
A trust so deep it cuts both ways. See more »
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 Caeser. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jennifer Tilly ... Violet

Gina Gershon ... Corky

Joe Pantoliano ... Caesar

John P. Ryan ... Micky Malnato (as John Ryan)

Christopher Meloni ... Johnnie Marzzone
Richard C. Sarafian ... Gino Marzzone

Mary Mara ... Sue, Bartender
Susie Bright ... Jesse
Margaret Smith ... Woman Cop
Barry Kivel ... Shelly

Peter Spellos ... Lou
Ivan Kane ... Cop #1

Kevin Michael Richardson ... Cop #2 (as Kevin M. Richardson)
Gene Borkan ... Roy

Directed by
Andy Wachowski  (as The Wachowski Brothers)
Lana Wachowski  (as The Wachowski Brothers)
Writing credits
Andy Wachowski (written by) (as The Wachowski Brothers) &
Lana Wachowski (written by) (as The Wachowski Brothers)

Produced by
Stuart Boros .... producer
Andrew Lazar .... producer
Jeffrey Sudzin .... co-producer
Andy Wachowski .... executive producer
Lana Wachowski .... executive producer (as Larry Wachowski)
Dino De Laurentiis .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Don Davis 
Cinematography by
Bill Pope 
Film Editing by
Zach Staenberg 
Casting by
Nancy Foy 
Production Design by
Eve Cauley 
Art Direction by
Andrea Dopaso 
Robert C. Goldstein 
Set Decoration by
Kristen Toscano Messina 
Costume Design by
Lizzy Gardiner 
Makeup Department
David P. Barton .... prosthetic makeup artist
Andre Blaise .... hair stylist
Eloisa De Laurentiis .... assistant hair stylist (assistant makeup artist)
Roland Eggler .... wig maker
David Fields .... additional assistant hair stylist
Suzanne Rodier .... key makeup artist
Richard Rodier .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Teresa Kelly .... post-production supervisor
Pearl A. Lucero .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Wayne Gee .... second second assistant director
Rip Murray .... first assistant director
Toni Whiteman .... second assistant director
Art Department
Irene Adamczyk .... painter
Ernie Andrasik .... carpenter
Sam Anton .... laborer
Caitlin Blue .... assistant set decorator
Steve Buckner .... scenic
Scott Burch .... on-set dresser
Janine Burke .... additional set dresser
Michael A. Capps .... construction foreman
Kevin Considine .... set dresser
Marc da Skully .... scenic
Crazy Moe Davis .... set carpenter
Gregory Diggins .... general foreman
Emma Fairley .... set dresser
Monica Fedrick .... assistant art director
Christopher P. Garr .... construction foreman
Lance C. Guiles .... carpenter
Brian J. Hahn .... labor foreman
Kenneth Halverson .... carpenter
James Hansen .... laborer
Sharon Harvey .... painter
Keith Haugen .... laborer
Ernest Hernandez .... carpenter
Jonathan R. Hodges .... property master
Richard Jerebicz .... carpenter
Christian E. Lemer .... carpenter
Alicia Maccarone .... model maker
Tamara Murphy .... additional property master
Linda L. Newman .... scenic foreman
Harry E. Otto .... set designer
Louis A. Perez .... carpenter
Steve Ross .... painter
Liz Shaner .... scenic
Daniel Spirk .... laborer
Jonathan Spirk .... carpenter
William Stahl .... set dresser
Samuel J. Tell .... lead man
Mark S. Turner .... lead scenic
Scot T. Waldon .... carpenter
Sound Department
Dana Austin .... adr recordist (as Dana Johnson-Porter)
Jim Borgardt .... adr editor
Felipe Borrero .... sound mixer
Steven Brimmer .... recording supervisor
Andy Brisson .... apprentice sound editor
Michael Broomberg .... foley artist (as Michael Bromberg)
Fausto Caceres .... digital/analog sound transferer
Craig Cathers .... sound re-recordist
Marty Church .... foley mixer
Dane A. Davis .... sound designer
Robert Deschaine .... adr mixer
Ezra Dweck .... sound re-recording mixer
Eric Friend .... foley editor
Stan Ginsel .... foley editor
Robert W. Glass Jr. .... sound re-recording mixer
Tom Hammond .... foley editor
Grover B. Helsley .... sound re-recording mixer
John Kwiatkowski .... dialogue editor
Frank Long .... assistant sound editor
David Mancini .... foley recordist
David McRell .... assistant sound editor
Charles W. Ritter .... dialogue editor
Joan Rowe .... foley artist
Katie Rowe .... foley artist
Sean Rowe .... foley artist
Douglas Shamburger .... boom operator
Todd Toon .... sound effects editor
Dan Wallin .... sound re-recording mixer
Frank Wolf .... sound mixer
Al Wolovitch .... apprentice sound editor
Allen Yeung .... apprentice sound editor
Bradford Bell .... apprentice sound editor (uncredited)
F. Thomas Simpson .... sound apprentice (uncredited)
Randy Vandegrift .... adr supervisor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Diane Carlucci .... special effects administrator
John C. Carlucci .... special effects foreman
Lou Carlucci .... special effects supervisor
Jay Neyens .... special effects technician
Robert Calvert .... special effects (uncredited)
Ken Tarallo .... special effects crew (uncredited)
Cliff Cudney .... stunt coordinator
Tony Jefferson .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Rocky Andrus .... grip
Walter Bithell .... electrician (as Walt Bithell)
Cheli Clayton .... camera loader
Darryl Cowherd .... best boy electric (as Darryll Deo Cowherd Jr.)
Tony Cucchiari .... camera operator: "b" camera
James A. Earley .... key rigger
Scott Edelstein .... electrician
James Fitzgerald .... first assistant camera
Kevin 'Rambo' Fitzgerald .... key rigger
James Frederick .... electrician
Tony Friedkin .... unit photographer
Christopher Ishii .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Peter Jensen .... Steadicam operator
Brent L. Jones .... key rigger
Pat Liampetchakul .... key rigger
John A. Locke .... electrician
Dwayne Lyon .... electrician
Tony Mazzucchi .... key grip
Byron McCulloch .... dolly grip
Ron Peterson .... second assistant camera
Steve Peterson .... first assistant camera
Kari Romeo .... second assistant camera
Tony Sepian .... grip
Rob Sweeney .... camera operator: "b" camera
Randy Tepper .... unit photographer
Joel Unangst .... gaffer
Randolph J. Verdigo .... grip
Shawn Whelan .... best boy grip
Kenneth Estes .... video playback operator (uncredited)
John Samaras .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Suzy Sharp-Kane .... casting associate
Rich King .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nancy Malone .... key costumer (as Nancy Rhodes)
Editorial Department
Sharmila Ariathurai .... apprentice editor
Tony Bacigalupi .... second assistant editor
Dan Gutman .... first assistant editor
Lisa Mozden .... second assistant editor
Mike Stanwick .... color timer
Rick Greenhead .... colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Stan Jones .... music editor
Armin Steiner .... score mixer
David Sherr .... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Michael Foxworth .... driver
Steve Lewis .... driver (as Stephen M. Lewis)
Sean J. Moore .... driver
J.D. Orlebeck .... transportation coordinator
David Severin .... transportation captain
Gary D. Stalker .... driver
Greg Tacker .... driver
Paul Tumber .... driver
James Wakeman .... transportation co-captain
Other crew
Paul Belenardo .... production accountant
Bo Berry .... craft service
Timothy Blackton .... production assistant
Susie Bright .... technical advisor
Scott Browning .... assistant: Mr. Browning
Dana Sue Collins .... stand-in: Violet
Robert Duban .... assistant production accountant
Juliana Duet .... production assistant
Joe Gallo .... ceasar's stand-in
Jody Hedien .... assistant: Mr. Lazar
Gretchen Hyman .... production assistant
Phil Oosterhouse .... assistant to wachowski's
Patti Podesta .... title designer
Jefferson Root .... set production assistant
Cheryl Starbuck .... script supervisor
Cid Swank .... unit publicist
Jack R. Tate .... location manager
J. Wachowski .... assistant production coordinator
Amy Zasadny .... corky's stand-in
Joy Zimmerman .... intern
Andrew R. Gardiner .... additional location scout (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Rated R for strong sexuality, violence and language
108 min | USA:109 min (unrated version)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Marcia Gay Harden auditioned for one of the lead roles.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: When Violet shoots Caesar, he falls backwards in the paint. As he hits the floor, you can see a wire attached to his left pant leg. This wire is used by the special effects crew to set off the gunshots ripping through Caesar's shirt. You can also see the wire outline in the paint on the floor just before and after Caesar hits the floor.See more »
Violet:That's a great tattoo. Beautiful labrys. Are you surprised I know what it is?
Violet:I have a tattoo. Would you like to see it?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in In Search of a Midnight Kiss (2007)See more »
I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)See more »


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73 out of 85 people found the following review useful.
Third Best Of 1996, 29 March 2004
Author: pdawson24348 ( from Scituate, Massachusetts

Corky (Gina Gershon), a lesbian ex-con hired to work in an apartment as a plumber, meets new neighbors Caesar (Joe Pantoliano), who launders money for the Mafia, and his girlfriend Violet (Jennifer Tilly). 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 soon set up in such a way that he's fooled into whose even setting him up. Their plan is working for a while, but soon spirals into blood and disaster, as things start to go wrong and he acts in an unexpected violent way.

I am not a fan of The Matrix. Never have, never will be. But I was of the amazing visual effects it had to offer. And that's what drew me to seeing the Wachowski Brother's other movie, their directorial debut, Bound. Bound is different. Bound is bold. Bound is courageous. Bound is one of the best movies of the year. It's not your average movie. It doesn't care who it offends, or who it pleases. Its purpose is simple: to entertain the viewer, and this movie is `bound' by nothing to complete its purpose.

It starts with Corky locked in a closet, bruised and bloody, tied up. From there, we have a good idea of what has become of their plan. The film then shifts over to when the two women first meet, and then takes off from there when they plan the set-up. So for next two hours, get ready to root for the bad guy.

Acting was a major plus to Bound, as I tip my hat to Tilly and Gershon. Both female leads did well, but I just wasn't convinced that they were in love with each other as much as they and the script claimed them to be. This did bother me a little, but it doesn't detract from the fun that is to be had with this film. But the main catch of the film was Joe Pantoliano. This movie wouldn't have been the same if he weren't cast in this. His character is so dangerous and so disturbing that your eyes will become magnetic toward his every move, gesture, and dialogue. Clearly this film is not for everybody, but for those who can stand it, this is a rare treat. Definitely the most unique movie of the year, Bound receives the three and a half star rating.

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