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Boxing Helena

  • Drama
  • Mystery
  • 1993
  • Jennifer Chambers Lynch
  • 100 mins
  • 18

Summary

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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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

Infamous for provoking a feminist controversy and a lawsuit (Kim Basinger was sued for backing out of the lead role), the directorial debut of Jennifer Lynch is a fudged allegorical fantasy about aberrant human behaviour and sexual complexes. Sick surgeon Julian Sands falls in love with local slut Sherilyn Fenn and, after she has a car accident, removes her legs and arms to keep her captive on a pedestal. This is by turns macabre and silly - Lynch is clearly aiming for the surreal atmosphere of her director father David's work, but fails to capture it. Fenn is great as the chastised bitch but Sands's performance is too superficial to properly evoke the dark side of his character's subconscious.

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Credits

Cast

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Dr Nick CavanaughJulian Sands
HelenaSherilyn Fenn
Ray O'MalleyBill Paxton
Dr Alan HarrisonKurtwood Smith
Dr Lawrence AugustineArt Garfunkel
Anne GarrettBetsy Clark
Fantasy lover / NurseNicolette Scorsese
Marion CavanaughMeg Register
RussellBryan Smith

Crew

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DirectorJennifer Chambers Lynch

Details

Theatrical distributor
Entertainment Film Dists Ltd
Released on
1993-06-18
Languages
English
Guidance
Available on
video
Formats
Colour
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