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Bound (Unrated) (Ws) [DVD] [1997] [NTSC]

Jennifer Tilly , Gina Gershon , Andy Wachowski , Lana Wachowski    To Be Announced   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jennifer Tilly, Gina Gershon, Joe Pantoliano, John P. Ryan, Christopher Meloni
  • Directors: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski
  • Writers: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski
  • Producers: Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski, Andrew Lazar, Jeffrey Sudzin
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, Letterboxed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: To be announced
  • Studio: Republic Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Aug 2001
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005NTN5
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 208,897 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Destined for cult status, this provocative thriller offers a grab bag of genres (gangster movie, comedy, sexy romance, crime caper) and tops it all off with steamy passion between lesbian ex-con Corky (Gina Gershon) and a not-so-ditzy gun moll named Violet (Jennifer Tilly), who meets Corky and immediately tires of her mobster boyfriend (Joe Pantoliano). Desperate to break away from the Mob's influence and live happily ever after, the daring dames hatch a plot to steal $2 million of Mafia money. Their scheme runs into a series of escalating complications, until their very survival depends on split-second timing and criminal ingenuity. Simultaneously violent, funny and suspenseful, Boundis sure to test your tolerance for bloodshed but the film is crafted with such undeniable skill that several critics(including Roger Ebert) placed it on their top-10 lists for 1996. --Jeff Shannon


5 Stars --Roger Ebert

Some caper movies build suspense, while others tweak the genre with tongue lancing cheek. But this lesbian caper pic often pulls off both feats in the same scene, even simultaneously --USA Today

Gangsters and Lesbos and pre-Matrix Wachowskis . . . oh my!

Some caper movies build suspense, while others tweak the genre with tongue lancing cheek. But this lesbian caper pic often pulls off both feats in the same scene, even simultaneously --USA Today

Gangsters and Lesbos and pre-Matrix Wachowskis . . . oh my!

Some caper movies build suspense, while others tweak the genre with tongue lancing cheek. But this lesbian caper pic often pulls off both feats in the same scene, even simultaneously --USA Today

Gangsters and Lesbos and pre-Matrix Wachowskis . . . oh my!

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A tense and stylish thriller 1 July 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
As they subsequently proved with 'The Matrix', the Wachowski Brothers are among the most stylistically distinctive directors currently working in Hollywood. Their talents are ideally suited to the earlier 'Bound', a modern film noir in which Violet (Jennifer Tilly), together with Corky (Gina Gershon), seeks to elope with $2 million which is in the possession of her boyfriend, Ceasar (Joe Pantoliano), who launders money for the mob.
While the plot is familiar from numerous gangster movies, what it lacks in originality is compensated for by its visual appeal. The lighting complements the image of Violet and Corky clad in black leather and sunshades; Tilly's character is reminiscent of the traditional femme fatale while Gershon's ex-con is more brash and masculine. The sharp-suited mobsters are appropriately brutal; a finger-chopping sequence is not for the squeamish. Memorable scenes are dotted throughout 'Bound', especially one in which Ceasar enters his apartment carrying the blood-soaked $2 million, washes the banknotes and hangs them up to dry before ironing them smooth.
'Bound' develops the token feminism of 'Thelma and Louise'. Whereas Ridley Scott emphasised the buddy nature of his protagonists, leaving lesbianism as a subtext, the Wachowski Brothers are far more explicit. This is made effective by the genuine chemistry that appears to exist between Corky and Violet. Their personal and professional relationship is based upon trust which is a central theme in what is one of the tensest thrillers of recent years.
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "All we've got to do is wait him out" 13 Aug 2002
Bound is a sexy, stylish and suspenseful modern visitation to the film noir genre that emerged in the 1940s and 1950s. Right from the outset - where the letters of the film's name cast deep dark shadows like high-rise buildings - the viewer is inducted into a world where duplicity is the norm and where choices made result in prices being paid. And with over $2 million of Mob money at stake, the risk to life and limb is very high indeed.
Violet is a latter-day gangster's moll looking for a way out of 'the business'. Her chance comes when her boyfriend, Ceasar, brings home a fortune in cash to be sorted and collated before being passed on to the Chicago Mafia. She seduces the tough-talking ex-con who is renovating the next-door apartment (an impressively butch Gina Gershon) and together they scheme to relieve the Mob of the money. But when Ceasar doesn't react according to plan, suddenly there are dead bodies to deal with and events begin to spiral out of control. The women's trust in each other is stretched to breaking point as they are drawn into a deadly battle of wits.
Directors Larry and Andy Wachowski make judicious use of the conventions of film noir, such as extensive chiaroscuro, and some imaginative and uncomfortable extreme close-up shots. The clever cinematography is backed up by a tension-laden script and an excellent cast (particularly Joe Pantoliano as the increasingly frenzied Ceasar). Although Bound may take some viewers out of their comfort zone with its graphic lesbian sex scene and depiction of Mob torture tactics, it is a film that will reward its audience with a stylish and intelligent foray into the eternally murky confluence of good and evil.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Think outside the box - as it were... 9 May 2006
By mr-benn
For far too long, this film has been misunderstood and misrepresented. Yes, okay, the central characters are lesbians; and yes, they get up to some of that stuff that lesbians get up to. Gosh, how shocking. It's a pretty sad reflection on our times that this is all people seem to think happens in this film, for, in actuality, this is a superbly plotted, intensely atmospheric film noir. Lusty viewers may be drawn in by the promise of girl-on-girl action, but they'll be kept glued to their seats by the tension as the plot progresses.

Essentially, 'Bound' is a great double-cross movie, using the staple film noir format of the femme fatale in league with the drifter - who, in this instance, happens to be another woman. Setting the action almost entirely in two adjacent apartments adds a clautrophobic edge to proceedings as the gangster's moll (Jennifer Tilly) does her best to misdirect her beau (Joe Pantoliano), so that she and the ex-con handywoman next door (Gina Gershon) can elope with a horde of mob money. Of course, things don't go entirely to plan; isn't it always so...

It's a simple story, told well. Yes, it's kind of sleazy; mainstream movies don't get much more explicit than this. However, film noir always was a bit sleazy. Much like the horror genre, it explores the darker parts of human experience and imagination, allowing viewers to indulge their less socially acceptable tendencies in a safe, fantasy environment. And why not? I, for one, see absolutely nothing wrong with a bit of titillating sex and violence when it is performed in the right spirit, and 'Bound' does so admirably, and, for once, within a well written, well acted and well shot film. Hang up your hang ups, and enjoy.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Movie... 6 Jan 2007
This is one of my favourite films. It has two superb lead actresses in the form of Jennifer Tilly and Gina Gershon as well as very good performances from all the other players.

The storyline is very good, quick and clever as well as leading to some heart stopping moments that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat.

The lesbian content is very tasteful whilst still being extremely hot and it's a film that will stay in your mind for a while, (in both a good way and a bad way - you'll never look at gardening tools the same way again).
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
is okay for an evening on your couch.
Published 12 days ago by Irina Hensgen
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
it was a gift so i expect it was ok
Published 1 month ago by debbie whittle
5.0 out of 5 stars Had this gem as a video and pleased now to be able to
Had this gem as a video and pleased now to be able to watch it again Excellent cast and good twist to a tale of gangsters and "Molls" who turn the tables
Published 1 month ago by Valerie D'Arcy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by IAN DORAN
4.0 out of 5 stars Bound (DVD)
I had seen this film before and liked it. Do purchased the DVD - it was a good price and I think has now taken on a cult status.
Published 7 months ago by D. Fleck
3.0 out of 5 stars hi
its an ok type of film if u like it suit some people, if u like that type of film
Published 12 months ago by lucy
5.0 out of 5 stars Bound
Fast delivery - item condition as described - no problems! Notorious for it's lesbian scene but it's really not bad at all! Good action movie.
Published 13 months ago by Mr L J Grieve
5.0 out of 5 stars A first Wachowski masterpiece - One of the most well written Film Noir...
Film Noir is one of these genres that can easily be done wrong in my opinion, but I am glad that the Wachowski siblings entered the movie business with such a masterpiece back in... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Katja
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Film
quick delivery, packaged well,
few scratches on the disk and it jumps in one place but such an amazing film that i don't care!
Published 17 months ago by Lou
4.0 out of 5 stars Look past the lesbian angle
Bound is the story of... lesbians. Or at least that's what a lot of people seem to dwell on when talking about the film. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Albatross
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