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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

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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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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MGM

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Release Date:

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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Trivia

Actor Ho-Sung Pak is a fan of Sherilyn Fenn's performance in Boxing Helena (1993). She later appeared in his film Fist of the Warrior (2007). 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: Make a wish.
Helena: They never come true.
Doctor Nick Cavanaugh: Mine has.
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Referenced in Dennis Pennis R.I.P. (1997) See more »

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BRANDENBURG CONCERTOS #3
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Courtesy of LaserLight Digital
By Arrangement with Sounds of Film
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It took a long time for the profundity of the movie to sink in.
17 June 2001 | by See all my reviews

After first viewing this film, I was more than a little disappointed. Then the deep and profound nature of the film began to sink in more deeply. Whatever was really meant by the film's makers, I took it to be a great statement of the frustration men and women feel toward relations in today's society. The depth of feeling, as well as the "on the edge of your seat" scenes really are great. Maybe "being male" I am already emotionally retarded, so the absorption time for the movie's really great statements were meant to be. Either way, this movie is definitely worth every thinking person's time.


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