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

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1 March 1999 | damnfine
Silly yes, but brilliant.
The reason this film was so despised by critics is because they believe that all films graphic and disturbing in content should be taken seriously. Not so. Julian Sands creates a truly despicable character here, and the more we hate him, the higher the testament to his performance. Easily the best of his career. Sherilyn Fenn, the finest actress of her generation, is only slightly more sympathetic in the titular role, and only because of what happens to her! About the Basinger controversy? I'll never understand that. Fenn is ten times more beautiful and infinitely more talented. A hilariously sick, visually stunning, highly entertaining film.

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Did You Know?


Filmed in Atlanta attorney Ed Garland's 15,000 square foot mansion. The house also was used for portions of Driving Miss Daisy (1989).


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.


Performed by Venice
Written by M. Reid, A. Shamblin
Produced by
Gunnar Nelson for Mr. G. Productions
Engineered and Mixed by Stephen J. Benben


Plot Summary


Drama | Mystery | Romance | Thriller

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