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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.

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(as The Wachowski Brothers), (as The Wachowski Brothers)

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(as The Wachowski Brothers), (as The Wachowski Brothers)
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Complete credited cast:
... Violet
... Corky
... Caesar
... Micky Malnato (as John Ryan)
... Johnnie Marzzone
... Gino Marzzone
... Sue, Bartender
... Jesse
... Woman Cop
Barry Kivel ... Shelly
Peter Spellos ... Lou
... Cop #1
... Cop #2 (as Kevin M. Richardson)
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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For money. For murder. For each other. See more »


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

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Release Date:

4 October 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Business  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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The Wachowskis' original director of photography resigned on the grounds that he could not do the film with the limited budget he had available, nor did he know anyone he believed could. Subsequently cinematographer Bill Pope was hired, who knew "a bunch of cheap guys". See more »

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After a close-up of a gun placed immediately to the left of a glass, there is a wider shot showing the gun on the right side of and about a foot away from the glass. See more »

Quotes

Violet: Caesar, I'm leaving.
Caesar: What? Oh, come on, I didn't use one of the good towels.
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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 See 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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