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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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(story), (screenplay) (as Jennifer Chambers Lynch)
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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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MGM

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3 September 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Boxing Hanna  »

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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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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Madonna was originally going to play the lead. At that time, the project was titled "Boxing Hanna." See more »

Goofs

Helena's black dress changes specifically when she is walking through the fountain in her undergarments, as it is impossible for the black dress she wears in all other scenes of Nick's party to conceal the particular underclothing. See more »

Quotes

Helena: A woman is something soft; something warm when you feel her. When she's naked. When she's touched. Discovered. You see that things happen inside of her. She opens up. Sometimes a woman is sad. Sometimes she's angry. Helpless. Beautiful. Sometimes she's strong. She's still only that one woman. Talk to her - in deep whispers. Tell her what you're doing, what you see. Move slowly. Tell her you're inside of her. Tell her how it feels. Touch her. Use your tongue. Your breath. When she's about to ...
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Spoofed in Tomak: Daeji sarang iyagi rul jewihago (2001) See more »

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MOZART'S PIANO CONCERTO #25
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Courtesy of LaserLight Digital
By Arrangement with Sounds of Film
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With a bigger budget and some directorial finesse, "Boxing Helena" might've been a contender...
7 May 2002 | by See all my reviews

Poorly-made, scrappy and off-putting erotic drama executed without the courage of its own idea. Lurid story concerns an obsessed surgeon's relationship with an indifferent vixen. Amusing in parts, the film occasionally goes out on the proverbial limb, but it's also messy and unfocused. Perhaps the behind-the-scenes troubles with original star Kim Basinger got in director Jennifer Lynch's way. In any event, Lynch hasn't been given the chance to purge this demon from her resume...one look at it and you'll know why. It's a curious mix of sex, fantasy and horror, but so perplexing and muddled, the provocative angle of the whole scenario gets lost. *1/2 from ****


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