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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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In their world, you can't buy freedom, but you can steal it. 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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,798,532, 22 December 1996
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Susie Bright was the technical consultant for the bedroom scenes. The Wachowskis were fans of Bright and sent her a copy of the script with a letter asking her to be an extra in the film. When she read the script she loved it, particularly as it was about women enjoying having sex and not apologizing for it. Disappointed that they never described exactly what was happening in the sex scenes, she asked if she could be a sex consultant for the film and they agreed. Bright also appeared as Jesse, the woman Corky tries to talk to in the bar and the extras in the bar scene were Bright's friends-"real life San Francisco dykes". 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

[last lines]
Corky: You know what the difference is between you and me, Violet?
Violet: No.
Corky: Me neither.
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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 »

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Featured in Hail Ceasar with Joe Pantoliano (2014) See more »

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Hopeless Faith
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Courtesy of Panic Stricken Records
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Magnificent thriller
5 February 2004 | by TBJCSKCNRRQTreviewsSee all my reviews

I watched this because I'm a big fan of the Wachowskies, and after watching their first movie(Assassins, which they only wrote) I hoped to see another masterpiece from the makers of The Matrix that had nothing to do with it. It's no wonder the producers let them direct aforementioned sci-fi/action masterpiece after they did this. For such a little amount of money, they really made the most of it. Few characters, sets and occasionally limited camera-work is easy to look past(hard to notice, in fact). The movie is breathtaking. For the entirety of the last half I was literally at the edge of my seat, extremely excited and couldn't wait to find out what happened next. The first half is mostly a setup for the last half, but it isn't boring, and is well worth watching, as it makes the second half near-perfect in suspense. The lesbian subplot might throw some people off, and will definitely offend some people, but if you're aren't one of them, then you most likely will enjoy it, if you're into thrillers. The plot is very well-written, and with twists and turns thrown in every so often, it keeps you watching closely. The acting is mostly good, especially from the three leads. The characters are great... diverse, interesting and credible. The cinematography contains several of the same things later made famous in The Matrix... anyone who's seen both movies can tell that it's the same people behind the cameras. The action is really well-done. The story-telling is just slightly experimental... reminiscent of various heist flicks. This also contains some quite stylish visuals, though not as many as the brothers' later works. All in all, just works really well and keeps you entertained throughout. I recommend this to any fan of the Wachowski brothers, thrillers and/or the actors in it. 8/10


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