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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)
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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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A deep, dark obsession that bares a woman's body and a man's soul. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 September 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Boxing Hanna See more »

Filming Locations:

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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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Mainline Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Madonna was originally going to play the lead. At that time, the project was titled "Boxing Hanna." 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

Doctor Nick Cavanaugh: If you were a real woman, you'd lie to me about our sex.
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Alternate Versions

"Boxing Helena" was originally rated "NC-17" by the MPAA. The DVD contains 1 minute of sexually explicit footage that had to be cut for the "R" rating. The cut footage in the UNRATED DVD version is as follows:
  • When Nick fantasizes about Helena and Ray having sex we see a shot of most of Helena's butt in her thong underwear; Helena removing Ray's pants where we see part of his bare butt; Ray kissing up Helena's body where we see one of her breasts; and finally one last shot that shows Helena's breasts very briefly.
  • During Nick's sex scene with the fantasy woman while Helena watches, extra footage includes a scene with Nick behind the woman, then a shot of him thrusting into her, followed by several views of the woman's bare breasts.
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Soundtracks

BRANDENBURG CONCERTOS #3
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Courtesy of LaserLight Digital
By Arrangement with Sounds of Film
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Silly yes, but brilliant.
1 March 1999 | by damnfineSee all my reviews

The reason this film was so despised by critics is because they believe that all films graphic and disturbing in content should be taken seriously. Not so. Julian Sands creates a truly despicable character here, and the more we hate him, the higher the testament to his performance. Easily the best of his career. Sherilyn Fenn, the finest actress of her generation, is only slightly more sympathetic in the titular role, and only because of what happens to her! About the Basinger controversy? I'll never understand that. Fenn is ten times more beautiful and infinitely more talented. A hilariously sick, visually stunning, highly entertaining film.


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