Boxing Helena


Boxing Helena

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Fantasy and desire are unleashed in this haunting, erotic tale of love, lust and obsession. Nick Cavanaugh is a brilliant surgeon who seems to have it all -- money, prestige, looks -- everything except Helena, a voluptuous, cold-hearted seductress. After a one-night stnad with Nick, she refuses his advances, but he continues to pursue her. WHen Helena is in a tragic accident in front of Nick's mansion, he takes her into his tome, imprisons her and transforms her into his own version of the mythic Venus. Gradually, they are both forced to confront their inner demons in torrid scenes filled with passion, voyeurism and psycho-sexual torment...all building to a shocking, not-to-be-missed conclusion.


Julian Sands
as Dr. Nick Cavanaugh
Art Garfunkel
as Lawrence
Bryan Smith
as Russell
Meg Register
as Marion Cavanaugh
Lloyd Williams
as Sam the Clerk
Ted Manson
as Mailman
Marla Levine
as Patricia
Kim Lentz
as Nurse Diane
Erik Shoaff
as Uncle Charlie
Lisa Oz
as Flower Shop Girl
Adele K. Schaeffer
as Flashback Party Woman #1
Amy Levin
as Flashback Party Woman #2
Matt Berry
as Young Nick Cavanaugh
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Critic Reviews for Boxing Helena

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (29)

  • Both the beauty and her beastly pursuer remain too blankly generic for the implications of the movie's main metaphor to come through vividly.

    May 30, 2019 | Full Review…
  • 'Boxing Helena'' is a bad film - with terrible acting, cliched dialogue, a silly script, pedestrian camera work and inferior direction.

    Jun 12, 2018 | Full Review…
  • It's probably just as well that last-minute dropouts Kim Basinger or Madonna didn't take the title role, as the presence of a star lurking powerlessly on the little platform no doubt would have been distracting and more laughable than it [is] now.

    Feb 8, 2008 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

    Top Critic
  • Grotesquely misconceived.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • s. Lynch has both talent and a point. Her film is by no means the gory, exploitative quasi-pornography that it sounds like from afar.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 3/5
  • What Lynch, who wrote the script at 19, sees as high drama is really high camp.

    May 12, 2001

Audience Reviews for Boxing Helena

  • Feb 06, 2010
    I do not care what anybody says about this film. I think it is a rare gem....a surreal allegorical trip into a nightmarish world of obsession, insecurity & ego-crisis. Yes, indeed....Jennifer Lynch really IS Daddy's little girl!! *****5 out of 5 stars*****
    mirabella 1 Super Reviewer
  • Jun 17, 2008
    So much potential, wasted.
    Anthony V Super Reviewer
  • Apr 04, 2008
    What a piece of s**t! I had kind of high expectations when I started to watch this, sine I love Sherilyn Fenn and Julian Sands otherwise. But this was just pathetic. Julian Sands fails misserably at trying to speak with an american accent. Sure Sherilyn Fenn looks hot as always, but that doesn't help much when you got a hack directing.
    The M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 04, 2008
    Sure it's weird, but it wasn't all that entertaining. Like if David Lynch's daughter made a film... wait a minute. Paxton's great though.
    Christopher B Super Reviewer

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