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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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(as Jennifer Chambers Lynch)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dr. Nick Cavanaugh
... Helena
... Ray O'Malley
... Dr. Alan Harrison
... Dr. Lawrence Augustine
Betsy Clark ... Anne Garrett
... Fantasy Lover / Nurse
Meg Register ... Marion Cavanaugh
Bryan Smith ... Russell
Marla Levine ... Patricia
Kim Lentz ... Nurse Diane
Lloyd T. Williams ... Sam the Clerk
... Pastor
Erik Shoaff ... Uncle Charlie
Lisa Oz ... Flower Shop Girl
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Storyline

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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Beyond love, beyond obsession, there hides something beyond reason. See more »


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Rated R on appeal for two scenes of strong sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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3 September 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Opening Weekend USA:

$787,724, 6 September 1993, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,796,389
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1.85 : 1
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Jennifer Lynch wrote the screenplay when she was 19 years old. See more »

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The main character has an English accent, even though neither of his parents (both of whom are heard speaking) do, the story takes place in America, and it is implied that he grew up there as well. See more »

Quotes

Russell: [watching Helena bathe in the fountain] Who is she?
Doctor Nick Cavanaugh: [mesmerized] She's... Helena.
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Referenced in Gilmore Girls: They Shoot Gilmores, Don't They? (2002) See more »

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IT AIN'T OVER TIL IT'S OVER
Performed, Written and Produced by Lenny Kravitz
Courtesy of Virgin Records America, Inc.
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Far better than it's given credit for.
3 September 2003 | by 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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