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Boxing Helena (1993)

Julian Sands , Sherilyn Fenn , Jennifer Chambers Lynch  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Julian Sands, Sherilyn Fenn, Bill Paxton, Kurtwood Smith, Art Garfunkel
  • Directors: Jennifer Chambers Lynch
  • Writers: Jennifer Chambers Lynch, Philippe Caland
  • Producers: Brigitte Caland, Carl Mazzocone, James R. Schaeffer, Larry Sugar, Laurel Ayn Selko
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: April 10, 2001
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000059H96
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,509 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Boxing Helena" on IMDb

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Fantasy, desire and manipulation make for a savory-yet-volatile cocktail in this psychological thriller about a woman held captive by a man who loves her. First-time writer-director Jennifer ChambersLynch (The Diary of Laura Palmer) brings "stylistic flair" (The Washington Post) to this haunting, erotic tale of love and lust that straddles the fine line between devotion and obsession. Nick Cavanaugh (Julian Sands, Timecode) is a brilliant surgeon who seems to haveit allmoney, looks, prestigebut all he wants is someone he can't have a voluptuous, cold-hearted seductress: Helena (Sherilyn Fenn, Three of Hearts). After Nick fails to impress her withhis wealth, Helena is struck down by a hit-and-run driver outside his mansion. The good doctor saves her life by amputating her legs, then seizes the opportunity of her immobility to hold her prisoner. Now, he's in control of Helena's body, but not her mind, for this shrewd, quick-thinking vixen ishellbent on keeping Nick on his toes in order to foil his selfish plan to have her not only as a trophy wife but his personal Venus de Milo.

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Farewell To Arms....And Legs March 26, 2008
This is a hard movie to defend, so most of the time I don't even bother to try. I really won't even try now, but just say that I really like this movie and I'm not sure why. It's reputation as a lousy film is almost legendary. Of course when you consider Michael Bay's filmography, you might want to re-evaluate this movie, or maybe not.
Julian Sands(an actor I love) is a rich surgeon obsessed with a woman he had a one nighter with. The woman, Helena, is played by Sherilyn Fenn, so it's easy to understand his obsession. However, Helena is a crass, mean, all around unpleasant woman who's on the search solely for boytoys. Julian's attempts to lure her in result in her being hit by a car. He now has the perfect opportunity to posses her as he brings her back to his home and begins a process of dismembering her. Julian quits his job and cuts off communication with his friends, even dumping his girlfriend so he can take care of Helena. She throws endless insults at him, screams at him, belittles him, and it makes you wonder just what it is that he's so in love with. Psychological games are played out between the two, and soon some sex is thrown into the mix(Sands brings home one of his tasty looking nurses and makes Helena watch him have sex with her to everybody's favorite Enigma song, Sadness Part 1). Meanwhile, Helena's sortaboyfriend, Bill Paxton, is trying to find out what happened to her. Now, this plot may sound kinda grim and gruesome, but it really isn't quite as demented as you'd think. I don't know why, but the movie sort of reminds me of one of those softcore Skinemax type movies even though there isn't much sex in it.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "A little party, then MEXICO!!" September 13, 2001
By "dmsr"
The more people say they hate this movie, the more I love it.
But I must warn you, this is not the uncut version or even the director's cut. To get that you need to find the Laserdisc collection that came with commentary, extra "dirty" scenes(which are great btw) and the package-only 24KT musical score by the wonderful Graeme Revell. I really loved the music composed for this film, and it's terrible that this is the only way you can obtain this great score. The commentary is quite insightful, J Sands pops in for a bit to chat about it with Jennifer. For her 1st film, I thought Jennifer did a superb job handling everything from the actors, to the lush sets, editing, etc. Fenn, Paxton and Sands are all in prime form here, I really couldn't ask for anything more!!
Enjoy, and scream for "HELENNA!!"
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What are you willing to do for love? April 30, 2010
As you can probably tell, I love this movie. All the negative reviews, goodness! Did you not get the point of the film? Maybe you need to watch again & this time, with an open mind. I don't want to spoil it for those that haven't seen it. I know quite a few reviews already spoiled it but just watch it for yourself. Obsessive love at its most unrelenting, or is it?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It isn't what you think. May 5, 2011
I saw this on cable late one night, when you should get up and go to bed because if you don't right at that moment, you're gonna be awake for three hours. Granted I haven't seen this movie in years but that should tell you how riveting it was, that I still recall it well years later. It isn't at all what people think. It's beautifully macabre yet surprisingly romantic at the same time.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing and unforgettable February 21, 2005
To fully savor this movie you need to suspend your judgement about the implausibility of the plotline, the stilted and artificial dialogue and the logistics of the central characters' lives. Once that is accomplished, you can enjoy the riveting sensuality of this production. That is, if you will yourself to overlook the deeply disturbing idea of a man resorting to deliberately mutilating a woman just so that he can keep her company.

The movie protrays the total and all-consuming sexual obsession that drives an urbane, wealthy, good looking and successful surgeon (Julian Sands) into being a grovelling submissive who repeatedly tolerates being humiliated by a beautiful woman (Sherilynn Fenn). The surgeon is the proverbial man who has everything, including the socially appropriate nice girlfriend. But he is driven to insanity by the woman who is initially out of his reach.

At the heart of the narrative is a purportedly deep psychological compulsion. This is the re-creation with a romantic partner of an unhealthy relationship with a rejecting parent. The movie shows short vignettes of the surgeon as a lonely little boy being ignored by his beautiful and seductive mother whose attention he desperately craves.

Whatever its other shortcomings, the movie is refreshingly different from others of this genre in its portrayal of sexual expression.The acting, soft-focus camera work and sensually swelling background music mingle to create an almost other-worldly dimension of eroticism. This is a marked change from the crude, mechanistic and predictable depiction of impersonal sexuality of most R-rated movies. For this reason alone, "Boxing Helena" is worth viewing.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the faint of heart October 10, 2006
Jennifer Chambers Lynch got alot of criticism for this movie.Perhaps because many held her up in high regard since her father David Lynch created the series Twin Peaks.However,it should be noted that she was only 19 years old when she did this movie! In my opinion,quite impressive vision for someone her age.Unfortunately she has not done anything since.

I did not find the plot to be so "unbelievable" as some reviewers state...
In fact,I think the plot is quite plausible,and something straight out of the Investigation Discovery channel.It's campy and erotic,and explores the dark side of human obsession.The story keeps you wanting to know more and has a surprising twist at the end.

This movie did not get good reviews,and does have some bad acting,but you may find it to be a sinful pleasure like I did.
I cannot agree more with those that say this movie is highly unappreciated and under rated.It doesn't get half the credit it deserves for being different and daring and sexually exploratory.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A strong woman through and through.
Boxing Helena

"Do you love me as a woman? Or as a possession?"

As women we are forced to wonder why exactly we are loved, carrying bodies that evoke... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Mareesa Miles
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Was great to be able to finally find it. Love this movie.
Published 23 days ago by Marcy M. Miranda
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Movie.. but funny...
Okay first of all I did want to say that I got this movie as a Korean Import It's great I have no complaints at all. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Silver Rain
3.0 out of 5 stars nice.
It was a weird movie but worth the view. Cool insight into a sicko's mind. He found a way to keep his girl!
Published 3 months ago by Gregg C.
2.0 out of 5 stars Meh
I'd heard much ado about this film. I'm a big fan of Julian Sands, but I found the storyline of this movie unbelievable. Read more
Published 4 months ago by M
5.0 out of 5 stars Twisted Obsession About a Movie about a Twisted Obsession
Ever Since I saw this movie back in College, I have seriously LOVED this movie! The cast is excellent (Bill Paxton, Art Garfunkle, Julian Sands, & Sharylin Fenn), The plot... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Brian
5.0 out of 5 stars this movie moves me???
I remember watching this in the 90's when it first came out intriguing personally intense it is one of my all time favorites
Published 8 months ago by Marlean Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
Wow this movie keeps you on your toes. You need to pay attention and don't get this movie if you are easily offended.
Published 8 months ago by Don
5.0 out of 5 stars Boxing Helena
I have looked for this movie for years. It's hard to find, but as usual, Amazon is my place to go for obsolete items. Very strange movie, but I love it!
Published 8 months ago by Theresa Lush
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent condition
This is a movie that I had seen a long time ago. I wasn't even sure if I was able to find it. I did and it's an excellent movie. The package was in excellent care
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