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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Gina Gershon previously appeared in Cocktail (1988) and Jennifer Tilly previously appeared in The Getaway (1994). Both films were directed by Roger Donaldson. See more »

Goofs

When Corky drinks coffee there is one tattooed triangle on her right hand. When she is opening the case there are two. When she dumps the money in the paint there is one again. See more »

Quotes

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

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Featured in The Difference Between You and Me (2018) See more »

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(Chicago Is) My Kind of Town
Written by Jimmy Van Heusen and lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Sung by Jennifer Tilly and Gina Gershon
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Impressive debut for the Wachowski brothers
19 March 1999 | by SKG-2See all my reviews

I can only hope the Wachowski brothers next foray into writing and directing, THE MATRIX, fulfills the promise they show here. This is a well-done example of film noir, one of my favorite genres, with a twist; it's got a lesbian romance at the center. Yet the film is smart enough not to depend on the novelty of it being a "lesbian" film, but takes time to develop both the story and the romance, so we're caught up. I also liked how Violet (the Jennifer Tilly) character turned out; she at first seemed like a pushover but turned out to be the strongest character in the movie.

If I had a quibble, it's that Corky (Gina Gershon, who is very good), is inactive for a crucial, and lengthy, part of the film, which slows things down a little. Also, the way we first see Corky in the film sort of promises a twist that the story doesn't deliver. Still, this is a gripping film, to be sought out by fans of this genre. Oh yeah, and Joe Pantoliano was quite good too.


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