Boxing Helena


(out of 5)

The controversy surrounding this film is a hell of a lot more interesting than the product itself. Kim Basinger decided six months after being committed to the project that she no longer wanted to be a part of it and broke her verbal contract with the producers, prompting 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, she 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.

Mainline Pictures

USA, 1993

Directed by

Story by , Screenplay by Jennifer Chambers Lynch

Cinematography by ,

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

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