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Boxing Helena | 1993 | R | - 9.4.5

Julian Sands stars as a surgeon who is so obsessed with Sherilyn Fenn that he amputates her limbs, in order to keep her with him always.

SEX/NUDITY 9 - Many, very explicit sex scenes, including intimations of oral sex. Some sex scenes involve unorthodox positions, a lot of thrusting and a lot of nudity. A number of women are shown topless, under various circumstance (in one scene a woman's bare breast is shown as she taunts her son who's been watching her make love); there are also many bare bottoms, both male and female. A woman explains, in explicit detail, how a woman likes to make love.

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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A woman is hit by a car and her legs are briefly seen being torn apart; it's a bloody scene. Fenn is shown limbless in many scenes although the amputation is never actually shown. There are shoving matches between the two principals -- with some slapping and choking -- and Sands threatens to kill himself while pointing a gun at his head; he then threatens to kill Fenn while pointing the gun at her head.

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LANGUAGE 5 - Seven F-words, as well as several scatological terms and sexually explicit descriptions.

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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Unrequited love, amputation, obsession.
MESSAGE - Obsession can sometimes be mistaken for love; do not treat people as possessions.
CAVEATS

Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.



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