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.




  • Sherilyn Fenn and Julian Sands in Boxing Helena (1993)
  • Sherilyn Fenn and Julian Sands in Boxing Helena (1993)
  • Sherilyn Fenn in Boxing Helena (1993)
  • Sherilyn Fenn and Julian Sands in Boxing Helena (1993)
  • Sherilyn Fenn and Julian Sands in Boxing Helena (1993)
  • Sherilyn Fenn in Boxing Helena (1993)

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13 July 2008 | Chrysanthepop
Stay Away From This Helena
Jennifer Chambers Lynch's 'Boxing Helena' feels like an outdated, insipid, almost soft-core (and a bad one at that) movie. In spite of having a supposedly 'disturbing' theme (which didn't effect me at all), the film is incredibly boring. The awful background score reminds one of the 80's B-grade erotic thriller (even the makeup and clothes look that way). Cinematography is flat (At least Lynch could have learned something from her dad).The characters are like cardboard cutouts. Sherilyn Fenn is very beautiful but her acting here is not impressive mostly because of the awful writing. Julian Sands is atrocious. No wonder he's never offered a decent role. Lynch's 'Boxing Helena' tries to be a noir style erotic thriller but it merely ends up being a pretentious piece of garbage. Some friends suggested watching the film otherwise I perhaps never would have given this one a chance (not that I blame them or anything).

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Bill Paxton appears in this film for Jennifer Lynch, daughter of director David Lynch. In Big Love (2006), he works with frequent Lynch collaborators Grace Zabriskie and Harry Dean Stanton, as well as Bruce Dern, father of Laura Dern.


Helena: A woman is something soft; something warm when you feel her. When she's naked. When she's touched. Discovered. You see that things happen inside of her. She opens up. Sometimes a woman is sad. Sometimes she's angry. Helpless. Beautiful. Sometimes ...


The main character has an English accent, even though neither of his parents (both of whom are heard speaking) do, the story takes place in America, and it is implied that he grew up there as well.

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.


Musettas Waltz
Performed by
Andre Kostelanetz and His Orchestra
Courtesy of Sony Classical
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing


Plot Summary


Drama | Mystery | Romance | Thriller


Release Date:

3 September 1993



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Opening Weekend USA:

$787,724 6 September 1993

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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