MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 1,489 this week

Bound by Flesh (2012)

6.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.3/10 from 264 users   Metascore: 68/100
Reviews: 4 user | 25 critic | 6 from Metacritic.com

A biography of Daisy and Violet Hilton, conjoined twins who started as "freaks" in side shows, then went on to be stars of Vaudeville and films.

Director:

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $3.99 on Amazon Instant Video

IMDb Picks: April

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in April.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 27 titles
created 05 Jan 2013
 
a list of 27 titles
created 09 Jan 2013
 
a list of 28 titles
created 01 Feb 2013
 
a list of 1403 titles
created 13 May 2013
 
a list of 102 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Bound by Flesh" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Bound by Flesh (2012)

Bound by Flesh (2012) on IMDb 6.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Bound by Flesh.
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Short | Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Stars: Pete Belcher, Roger Pancake, Roger Vaughn
Crime | Film-Noir | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

A Siamese twin kills the husband who left her. The courts have to decide if she is convicted of murder, how can they punish her sister, who had nothing to do with the crime?

Director: Harry L. Fraser
Stars: Violet Hilton, Daisy Hilton, Mario Laval
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

These real, amazing and very human stories reawakened interest in the bizarre and eccentric world of the circus and carnival sideshow, turning the spotlight on the legendary headliners of ... See full summary »

Director: Lynn Dougherty
Stars: Percilla Bejano, Ronnie Galyon, Donnie Galyon
Flight I (2012)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

An airline pilot saves almost all his passengers on his malfunctioning airliner which eventually crashed, but an investigation into the accident reveals something troubling.

Director: Robert Zemeckis
Stars: Denzel Washington, Nadine Velazquez, Don Cheadle
Short | Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Short movie promoting the auction of the Nike Mag shoe. At the Lone Pine Mall, a clerk introduces a customer to the latest footwear. Meanwhile, Doc Brown searches through time for the perfect shoes.

Director: Frank Marshall
Stars: Christopher Lloyd, Bill Hader, Kevin Durant
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Robert Zemeckis opens up about his unique ability to use telepathy. A skill he acquired from grandmaster Ross.

Director: Robert Zemeckis
Horror

A professor travels to Italy where a demonic spirit takes away his daughter.

W.E.I.R.D. World (TV Movie 1995)
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Greed, murder, sex - all appear to thrive at the Wilson Emery Institute for Research and Development, aka W.E.I.R.D., where brilliant, young, but emotionally unstable scientific geniuses ... See full summary »

Director: William Malone
Stars: Dana Ashbrook, Marshall Bell, Audie England
Drama

A child kidnapped as a baby is returned to his biological family sixteen years later.

Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Drama

A victim of a brutal attack finds a unique and beautiful therapeutic outlet to help him through his recovery process.

Director: Robert Zemeckis
Stars: Steve Carell
Drama | Mystery

A lawyer works on a case that may overturn the conviction of the woman sentenced to death row for killing the attorney's own daughter.

Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
(voice)
...
(voice)
...
(voice)
...
(voice)
Daisy Hilton ...
(archive footage)
Violet Hilton ...
(archive footage)
Edit

Storyline

This remarkable documentary tells the amazing story of Daisy and Violet Hilton, conjoined twins who rose to superstardom at the beginning of the 20th century as sideshow attractions, performing alongside the likes of Bob Hope and Charlie Chaplin. Ruthlessly exploited by their managers, the sisters ultimately sued for their freedom-which they won at a terrible cost. Bound By Flesh puts a touchingly human face on two outsiders who went from the lowest rungs of society to the big time and back again. Written by Sundance Selects

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

19 October 2012 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Features Freaks (1932) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Good and Sad Look at the Hilton Sisters
9 December 2014 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Bound by Flesh (2012)

*** (out of 4)

Highly entertaining documentary taking a look at the lives of Daisy and Violet Hilton, the conjoined twins who are best remembered today for their role in Tod Browning's FREAKs. The documentary covers pretty much every aspect of their lives ranging from their mother giving them away at a very young age, their rise in the carnival circuit and their later years when they were basically living in poverty, unable to exploit themselves as times started to change.

BOUND BY FLESH is without question a well-meaning and entertaining documentary but I think where the film really works well is in its heart. Director-writer Leslie Zemeckis obviously has a passion for the subjects because there's so much heart in the picture and one can't help but really feel heartbroken for the sisters and especially at the end of their lives. In fact, hearing there entire story makes you wonder why Hollywood hasn't tried to tell it, although I'm sure the appeal might not be that wide.

The film's strongest points come in the history of the circus. It was very fascinating learning how the circus worked back in the day, how the "sideshow" was added and how much certain acts were making a week. It's certainly fascinating seeing how the sideshow world worked at one point in time and how popular it was. Hearing the Hilton sisters earning $5000 a week is pretty impressive and especially when you hear stories about how their "managers" were making good money on top of that. Of course, the documentary also covers other subjects including the personal lives of the two sisters and there's even an exploitation feel dealing with their sexual lives and the various men who were in and out of their lives.

We get several talking heads telling some wonderful stories and sharing their opinion on the sisters as well as what was going on during this period in history. It's hard to believe that this type of thing was once normal but at the same time it's easy to see why the trend really didn't stay around too long. As for the Hilton sisters, they've certainly always had their fans since FREAKS has become a cult favorite but you'll certainly see them in a different way after viewing this rather touching film.


1 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Did The Grocery Store Only Pay For One Worker? bibliophile66
The Sisters Would Have Been Interesting To Know bibliophile66
Discuss Bound by Flesh (2012) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page