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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 »
Genre:
Tagline:
A trust so deep it cuts both ways. See more »
Plot:
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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Awards:
8 wins & 10 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Stylish, sexy and fun See more (199 total) »

Cast

  (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
(WGA)
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)
 
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 J. 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)
 
Stunts
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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MPAA:
Rated R for strong sexuality, violence and language
Runtime:
108 min | USA:109 min (unrated version)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Joe Pantoliano was instructed by the Wachowski Brothers to watch The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) and base his Cesar character on Humphrey Bogart's Fred C. Dobbs.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: After a close-up of a gun placed immediately to the left of a glass, there is a wider shot showing the gun on the right side of and about a foot away from the glass.See more »
Quotes:
Corky:You planned this whole thing. You dropped that earring down the sink on purpose, didn't you?
Violet:If I say yes, will you take your hand away?
Corky:No.
Violet:Yes.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in In Search of a Midnight Kiss (2007)See more »
Soundtrack:
(Chicago Is) My Kind of TownSee more »

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43 out of 51 people found the following review useful.
Stylish, sexy and fun, 14 March 2004
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

Violet is a gangster's moll, living with Caesar, who launders money for the mob. Corky is a ex-con who has been hired to decorate the flat next door to Caesar's flat. When the two meet they slowly begin a love affair behind Caesar's back. After a while Violet comes up with a plan to steal mob money and frame Caesar for it while she and Corky make off with the cash. However, there is no such thing as a simple plan.

I saw this when it was released in the cinema where the overall view seemed to be of an enjoyable noir thriller with a lesbian twist. A few years later, the Matrix has made the Wachowski brothers hotter than hot and everyone is clambering all over Bound and building up it's status and pointing to it as a hint of greatness. Now, after two poor Matrix sequels, many will come back to this film as a sign of their ability before the dollars became more important. That's the impression I get anyway, from the message boards, reviews and comments from proper critics. However, I rewatched this and tried to meet it on it's own terms rather than be coloured.

Of itself, it does the business quite effectively as a noir crime thriller. The plot is tough and, although not all that twisty, does easily engage and keep the audience pretty gripped. The lesbian stuff is done a little cynically I think - where do you draw the line between stuff that is required for us to know that the two are lovers, and the stuff that is titillation? I don't know, the film does it all very tastefully and it is not the film's fault that some sections of the audience will come to this film because it has a lesbian love scene in it. I acknowledge that it was done quite sexily and was part of the film, but the crime is the focus.

The brothers direct with great style - set mainly in a couple of flats, the film moves slickly around the place. Some shoot outs do reveal a style that was later used in the Matrix films (albeit on a sci-fi level). The slow-mo stuff is pretty good here and not overly used - little tricks like the shooting over the white paint added to the style of the film no end. Despite being bogged down in a story I believe they took too seriously, I don't think they need to prove themselves as directors - their films speak for themselves in that regard, and I do hope they get back in the saddle.

The cast is deep in talent but mostly they play it in the stereotypical characters of the genre. Tilly is a great moll, at first she appears to be the delicate flower of the film, but she is as much a femme fatale as Corky. Gershon is very sexy, despite being very glamorous for a supposedly butch ex-con; she plays her role well although I would have liked to see her become more of a fall guy towards the end, in true noir fashion - fooled by love! Pantoliano is enjoyable; his character may not have a lot of meat on it but Joe does very well with a powerful performance. Support from Meloni and Ryan is good even if they all fit the gangster clichés required by the script.

Overall this is an enjoyable genre film - no more and no less. The lesbian stuff is a nice twist on the usual formula but it isn't pushed enough to be classed as exploitative (although there's no doubt that the film gained audience as a result of the love scenes). The cast are good and the direction is stylish, making for a slickly enjoyable noir.

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