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Bound (1996)

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Corky, a tough female ex con and her lover Violet concoct a scheme to steal millions of stashed mob money and pin the blame on Violet's crooked boyfriend Caesar.

Directors:

Lana Wachowski (as The Wachowski Brothers), Lilly Wachowski (as The Wachowski Brothers)

Writers:

Lilly Wachowski (as The Wachowski Brothers), Lana Wachowski (as The Wachowski Brothers)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jennifer Tilly ... Violet
Gina Gershon ... Corky
Joe Pantoliano ... Ceasar
John P. Ryan ... Mickey Malnato (as John Ryan)
Christopher Meloni ... Johnnie Marzzone
Richard C. Sarafian ... Gino Marzzone
Mary Mara ... Sue, Bartender
Susie Bright ... Jesse
Margaret Smith ... Woman Cop
Barry Kivel Barry Kivel ... Shelly
Peter Spellos ... Lou
Ivan Kane ... Cop #1
Kevin Michael Richardson ... Cop #2 (as Kevin M. Richardson)
Gene Borkan Gene Borkan ... Roy
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Storyline

Corky, a lesbian ex con hired to work in an apartment as a plumber, meets neighbors Caesar, who launders money for the Mafia, and his girlfriend Violet. The two women have a love affair and decide to steal $2,000,000 that Caesar has in custody before he gives them back to Mafia boss Gino Marzone. Caesar is set up by the two scheming women as a scapegoat but things start to go wrong when he reacts in an unexpected way... Written by Giancarlo Cairella <vertigo@imdb.com>

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A trust so deep it cuts both ways. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality, violence and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

4 October 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Business See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$900,902, 6 October 1996, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,798,532, 22 December 1996
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Wachowskis struggled to cast the roles of Violet and Corky, seemingly because of the lesbian content of the film. Few actresses were interested. See more »

Goofs

When Gino talks to Caesar and Johnny, he asks if they 'cameesh,' that is, if they understand. The correct expression is 'capisce' or 'capeesh' for the verb form 'capisci' from the Neopolitan dialect of Italian. See more »

Quotes

Violet: They're just cops.
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Alternate Versions

Although the UK Video and DVD are the full uncut version, the version released in cinemas cut the shot of the finger being chopped off in the bathroom scene. See more »


Soundtracks

She's A Lady
Written by Paul Anka
Performed by Tom Jones
Courtesy of Chrysalis Copyrights, Ltd.
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A Brilliant Thriller
3 March 2004 | by Tiger_MarkSee all my reviews

I cannot think of a film that creates a more elaborate and intelligent sequence of events than Bound. This leads to that and that leads to something else and that leads to this and so on. What is special about this film, is that everything is connected. This is not Tarantino nonsense, that has no point and simply tries to rely on gimmicks and witty dialog. This is a clever thriller. The story centers around Corky, Violet and Caesar, who in one way or another, are involved in a plan to scam the mob. Of course, scamming the mob is never a good idea. Issues of trust, loyalty, love, violence and everything else are covered. There are very arousing sex scenes and scenes of disturbing violence, utilizing pruning shears. All of it choreographed beautifully by two very talented brothers. However,it is Joe Pantoliano who steals the show. He plays a wiseguy that gets caught in a downward spiral that can only finish one way, but he does his best to delay it. How he was omitted by the Academy is beyond me. To the pompous nitwits that peck away at this film, I have one question. What Hollywood films in the last ten years can you reel off that were nearly as clever as this film? Yeah, I thought so. **** out of ****, a simply brilliant motion picture.


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