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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.

Director:

Jennifer Lynch (as Jennifer Chambers Lynch)

Writers:

Philippe Caland (story), Jennifer Lynch (screenplay) (as Jennifer Chambers Lynch)
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julian Sands ... Dr. Nick Cavanaugh
Sherilyn Fenn ... Helena
Bill Paxton ... Ray O'Malley
Kurtwood Smith ... Dr. Alan Harrison
Art Garfunkel ... Dr. Lawrence Augustine
Betsy Clark Betsy Clark ... Anne Garrett
Nicolette Scorsese ... Fantasy Lover / Nurse
Meg Register Meg Register ... Marion Cavanaugh
Bryan Smith Bryan Smith ... Russell
Marla Levine Marla Levine ... Patricia
Kim Lentz Kim Lentz ... Nurse Diane
Lloyd T. Williams Lloyd T. Williams ... Sam the Clerk
Carl Mazzocone Sr. ... Pastor
Erik Shoaff Erik Shoaff ... Uncle Charlie
Lisa Oz 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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 September 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Boxing Hanna See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$787,724, 6 September 1993, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,796,389
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Mainline Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Ed Harris and John Malkovich were offered the lead role of Dr. Nick Cavanaugh. The role eventually went to Julian Sands. See more »

Goofs

When Nick Cavanaugh is on the phone in a telephone box, the camera spins around the box. The reflection on all four sides of the phone box is identical indicating that the phone box is surrounded on all four sides by the same building with the same neon light. See more »

Quotes

Ray O'Malley: Hasta whatever!
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Connections

Referenced in The Calliope Box (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

O MIO BABBINO CARO
Performed by Andre Kostelanetz and His Orchestra
Written by Giacomo Puccini
Courtesy of Sony Classical
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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One of the best movies I've ever seen
27 February 2002 | by mandita78See all my reviews

I can't believe all the bad reviews on this movie. I thought Sherilyn Finch did a beautiful job portraying a woman that is tired of having her butt kissed by men. Women that are worshipped by men have to act that way to repel most guys she doesnt want to deal with. You people call that trash? Thats called being selective b/cause she can be.And Julian Sands is that typical type of guy to worship a girl like her. (Note:Dr.Cavanaugh has everything he wants--even beautiful women wanting him) So, why the hell wouldnt he want Helena????? Any girl who has ever been annoyed by buttkissing guys would adore this movie. He brilliantly manipulates her into falling in love with him too, which I thought that was also perfectly done. People say this movie is "weird" but hey obsession is like that. Everything about this movie is awesome minus Bill Paxton I totally give it a 10/10


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