Boxing Helena (1993)

R   |    |  Drama, Mystery, Romance

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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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  • Sherilyn Fenn in Boxing Helena (1993)
  • Julian Sands and Art Garfunkel in Boxing Helena (1993)
  • Julian Sands and Kurtwood Smith in Boxing Helena (1993)
  • Sherilyn Fenn in Boxing Helena (1993)
  • Sherilyn Fenn in Boxing Helena (1993)
  • Sherilyn Fenn and Julian Sands in Boxing Helena (1993)

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3 June 2004 | loveatlarge
Brutal treatment to a brutal film
I think I'm tempted to comment more upon the comments than the movie.

The movie I watched, found interesting, if for nothing more than that it had Art Garfunkels big cool head in it. It's dark, attempts to be psycho-sexual (succeeds in the latter), and ends up just being rather sad. But, I felt something, and that is more of a reaction than most movies inspire in me these days. Those who feel this is the worst film they have ever seen have obviously never seen anything with Keanu Reeves or Steven Segal. Or Ben Affleck. Or...

Anyway, it's more interesting than a disaster film, so, you decide.

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Did You Know?


the film was never released theatrically in the UK when first released & went straight to video.


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 ...


Helena's black dress changes specifically when she is walking through the fountain in her undergarments, as it is impossible for the black dress she wears in all other scenes of Nick's party to conceal the particular underclothing.

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.


Written by
Giacomo Puccini
Courtesy of LaserLight Digital
By Arrangement with Sounds of Film


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Drama | Mystery | Romance | Thriller

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