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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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Jennifer Lynch (as Jennifer Chambers Lynch)

Writers:

Philippe Caland (story), Jennifer Lynch (screenplay) (as Jennifer Chambers Lynch)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julian Sands ... Dr. Nick Cavanaugh
Sherilyn Fenn ... Helena
Bill Paxton ... Ray O'Malley
Kurtwood Smith ... Dr. Alan Harrison
Art Garfunkel ... Dr. Lawrence Augustine
Betsy Clark Betsy Clark ... Anne Garrett
Nicolette Scorsese ... Fantasy Lover / Nurse
Meg Register Meg Register ... Marion Cavanaugh
Bryan Smith Bryan Smith ... Russell
Marla Levine Marla Levine ... Patricia
Kim Lentz Kim Lentz ... Nurse Diane
Lloyd T. Williams Lloyd T. Williams ... Sam the Clerk
Carl Mazzocone Sr. ... Pastor
Erik Shoaff Erik Shoaff ... Uncle Charlie
Lisa Oz 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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Beyond love, beyond obsession, there hides something beyond reason. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R on appeal for two scenes of strong sexuality and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

MGM

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 September 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Boxing Hanna See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$787,724, 6 September 1993

Gross USA:

$1,796,389

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,796,389
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Mainline Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The song "Helena" by The Misfits was writing about this movie. Also the song "Purity" by Slipknot took minor inspiration from the film. 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

Russell: [watching Helena bathe in the fountain] Who is she?
Doctor Nick Cavanaugh: [mesmerized] She's... Helena.
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Alternate Versions

"Boxing Helena" was originally rated "NC-17" by the MPAA. The DVD contains 1 minute of sexually explicit footage that had to be cut for the "R" rating. The cut footage in the UNRATED DVD version is as follows:
  • When Nick fantasizes about Helena and Ray having sex we see a shot of most of Helena's butt in her thong underwear; Helena removing Ray's pants where we see part of his bare butt; Ray kissing up Helena's body where we see one of her breasts; and finally one last shot that shows Helena's breasts very briefly.
  • During Nick's sex scene with the fantasy woman while Helena watches, extra footage includes a scene with Nick behind the woman, then a shot of him thrusting into her, followed by several views of the woman's bare breasts.
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Connections

Referenced in Gilmore Girls: They Shoot Gilmores, Don't They? (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

SADENESS
Performed by Enigma
Written by Michael Cretu (as Curly M.C.), Frank Peterson (as F. Gregorian),
David Fairstein
Produced by Enigma
Courtesy of Virgin Records Ltd./Charisma Records America, Inc.
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very weird but good
4 July 2004 | by nikkim2831See all my reviews

I thought that this film was very weird but at the same time i couldn't help but like it. it was one of the films that stuck in my head for ages after i saw it , i saw it 10 or so years ago now but still remember it well, its not to everyones taste but if you like a little break from the norm film i would have a watch its not like the rest of your kidnap and murder flicks its about an obsessed man who kidnaps his ex g/friend and cuts off her arms and legs to stop her getting away, its quite strange to see her there helpless and limbless and then the twist at the end is very good i don't think its one for the faint hearted but worth it if you don't mind weirdness with a little twist to top it off.


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