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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 ... 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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Violet and Corky are making laundry day a very big deal. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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

Gross USA:

$3,802,260

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,802,260
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jennifer Tilly discussed trying to avoid an NC-17 rating in a 2014 interview for Vulture. "The Wachowskis took the film to the ratings board and they instantly got a NC-17. It was unbelievable. The Wachowskis said, 'It's homophobia! Clear and simple,' because all you saw was one of my breasts, you saw two of Gina's breasts, you didn't see any genitalia, you saw my hand. The MPAA said, 'Because Jennifer and Gina are such good actors, it looks like she's really giving her a hand job.' And the Wachowskis said, 'Let me get this straight. If they weren't such good actors, you would let it go through?' And the MPAA sort of said, 'Well, yeah.' It was really sad. We ended up having to sub in a different take, I think it was take seven, where the camera accidentally dipped and missed my hand. The take that we ended up using, it was before we got all the kinks out. They had the door to the bathroom open wider, so it was brighter in the room, where the take we wanted to use had a lot of shadows. The makeup person had sprayed us with sweat, so it looked like we were really going at it. It was sort of more graphic. And Gina didn't like this other take. She said, "I was overacting with my feet! Then, at the end, all of a sudden my breast wanted to get on frame, and it fell into camera like, boom! My breasts are really big, so it was a little more pornographic than Gina's fashion-plate breasts. In the perfect take, I was raised up on one hand, kind of watching her, and I'm not sure you could see either of my bosoms, maybe a little sideboob. And in this take I was down on her, so my breasts were touching her breasts. I felt like it was ten times more graphic than the take that we wanted to use, but apparently, because you miss the hand, it was like, you missed the hand but you gained a breast. But because you miss the hand, the MPAA said it was all right." See more »

Goofs

When Corky kicks the gun out of Caesar's hand, she is wearing socks, having removed her paint-stained boots. But as she follows through with the kick, she is wearing boots. See more »

Quotes

Violet: We make our own choices, we pay our own prices.
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Alternate Versions

The unrated version, which nearly all DVD and Blu-Ray releases of the film contain, features two longer and more explicit sex scenes (the second one in particular is made up of almost completely different footage from its R-rated counterpart), as well as a more brutal shot of the man getting his head smashed against the toilet. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Ellen: The Puppy Episode (1997) See more »

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Hopeless Faith
Performed by The Hail Marys
Courtesy of Panic Stricken Records
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On my top 5 list....
23 July 2004 | by phoenixoscuraSee all my reviews

In my personal opinion, Bound is one of the most intelligent and erotic films ever made. It's not often that you see both of those words describing the same work of art.

I don't feel that the relationship between Corky and Violet is something that you should have to "get past" being that the tone of the film is that of escape (hence the title "Bound") and the very nature of their relationship upholds that idea. However if you are less open-minded regarding your own sexuality or completely homophobic, the scattered and brief exchanges between the two leading characters may not settle well with you. One of the best things about the film is the cinematic detail, all the little disturbing and intriguing things that the Wachowskis chose to hone in on...If you are a fan of The Matrix films, you'll really get to see where it all started with Bound.

I could rattle on forever about the pure genius of the film and that of the Wachowski Brothers but I won't. Just see the film for yourself, you'll either hate it or love it.


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