Boxing Helena (1993)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   B

USA, 1993.  Mainline Pictures.  Story by , Screenplay by Jennifer Chambers Lynch.  Cinematography by , .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

The controversy surrounding this film is a hell of a lot more interesting than the product itself.  Six months after committing to the project, Kim Basinger broke her verbal contract with the producers and prompted one of the most talked-about show business lawsuits in legal history. Finding that she had damaged a production that had raised most of its presale budget from her name being attached, the court ordered Basinger to pay approximately nine million dollars to the film’s makers (a personal lawsuit record), forcing her to declare bankruptcy and sell the town in Georgia that she owned.

In the end, Basinger was horribly mistreated for a film that wasn’t even worth the time it took to print it on celluloid. Jennifer Chambers Lynch (David’s daughter) poorly directs a tale about an obsessive psychopathic doctor () who mutilates his sexpot girlfriend () and puts her in a box in order to keep her to himself.

‘s performance in a supporting role is downright embarrassing (his performance in Weird Science doesn’t seem to have ended), and if you think the main plot is boring, just WAIT until you see the ending.

This film perpetrated a crime on a great actress and then committed an even more heinous one on its audience.


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