It’s unlikely we’d have ever seen anyone trapped in The Matrix if not for the success of this art-house debut by the Wachowskis, who wrung buckets full of noir style out of every blood-soaked dollar in their budget. The plot: A gangster’s moll and her new lesbian lover hope to steal enough cash from the Mafia to escape the cages their lives have become. Both Joe Pantoliano and Meg Tilly have said Bound offered their best roles ever.

Director: The Wachowskis

Screenplay by: The Wachowskis

Starring: Gina Gershon, Jennifer Tilly, Joe Pantoliano

Major nominations on original release : None

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