Boxing Helena

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Boxing Helena is a 1993 American romantic drama movie. It is about a lonely surgeon from Atlanta who gets obsessed with an accident victim named Helena. Sherilyn Fenn plays Helena. This movie was originally marked NC-17 (no children 17 and under admitted). It was later re-rated R on appeal. The movie performed very badly at the box office. The reviews were very negative. This movie was released in September 1993.

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There was controversy with the casting of this movie. Madonna[1] and Kim Basinger were each cast as Helena, but backed out. Basinger was taken to court for leaving the role. She lost, and was ordered to pay 8.1 million dollars.[2] The verdict was later set aside on appeal in 1994,[3][4][5][6][7][8] but the actress later settled for $3.8 million.[9]

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  1. Jane Birnbaum (May 22, 1992). "Unarmed And Dangerous: Jennifer Lynch loses Madonna, Basinger, gains Fenn for Boxing Helena". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved November 1, 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. Welkos, Robert W. (March 9, 1993). "Basinger Tells Court Why She Refused Script". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 24, 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. "Basinger Bankruptcy Puts Georgia Bank On The Block". Chicago Tribune. September 20, 1994. Retrieved October 24, 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. Brennan, Judy; Boyer, Edward J. (September 23, 1994). "Damages Against Kim Basinger in Film Suit Voided : Courts: Appellate justices find the judge gave ambiguous instructions to jury in 'Boxing Helena' case. Verdict of $8.1 million threw film star into bankruptcy". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 24, 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. Fox, David J. (March 1, 1993). "Kim Basinger Court Case Shines Light on Deal-Making : Trial: The 'Boxing Helena' lawsuit is the second recent high-profile dispute involving a star's defection from a project. 'The way the industry does business is what is on trial here.'". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 24, 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. Welkos, Robert W. (March 26, 1993). "Jury Refuses to Add Punitive Damages for Kim Basinger". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 24, 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. "Basinger Testifies She Never Approved Of Script". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved October 24, 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. "Basinger Denies Contract". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved October 24, 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. For Kim Basinger, the "fire ball" is out – and Veronica Lake is in