Nicolette Scorsese

Nicolette Scorsese:

Boxing Helena is the 1993 debut feature film by Jennifer Lynch, daughter of David Lynch. The film stars Julian Sands and Sherilyn Fenn as the eponymous Helena.

Nick Cavanaugh (Sands) is a lonely Atlanta surgeon obsessed with a girl named Helena (Fenn). After she is injured in a grievous hit-and-run motor vehicle accident in front of his home, he kidnaps and treats her in his house surreptitiously, amputating both of her legs. Later, he amputates her healthy arms as well.

Though Helena is the victim of Nick's kidnapping and mutilation, she dominates the dialogue with her constant emasculating ridicule of him for all of his shortcomings.

After some time living together she becomes lonely and returns his affection.
The film was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 1993 Sundance Film Festival. However, the media critically mauled it on its release. Helena is also remembered for the legal battle that ensued when first Madonna, then Kim Basinger backed out of the title role—eventually Basinger was the subject of an adverse jury verdict for over eight million dollars. This caused Basinger to enter bankruptcy, although the verdict was set aside on appeal in 1994.

The film also won for "Worst Director" for Lynch from the Golden Raspberry Awards. Although the film was a huge box office bomb when it was originally released, the film has since earned a cult following among fans.


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