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''Bound'' is a 1996 independent crime thriller directed by [[Film/TheMatrix the Wachowskis]]. It is about [[LipstickLesbian Violet]] (Creator/JenniferTilly), a closeted lesbian prostitute and mob moll who longs to escape her relationship with mob money-launderer Caesar (JoePantoliano). When she meets ex-con [[ButchLesbian Corky]] (Creator/GinaGershon) hired to renovate the next-door apartment, the two women hatch a scheme to steal $2 million of Mafia money. Though the film was a strong freshman effort by the Wachowskis and a terrifically tense thriller, [[BestKnownForTheFanservice most people only remember it for the lesbian sex scene]].

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!!This film contains examples of:

* AlwaysVSexy: Violet
* BlackBlood: Both played straight and [[RustproofBlood inverted]].
* BloodIsSquickerInWater
* BodyMotifs: Hands
* BoundAndGagged: Given Lana Wachowski's S&M interests, this should come as little surprise.
* BuryYourGays: [[spoiler:Not just averted, by outright inverted, as Violet and Corky are just about the only major characters still alive at the end, ''and'' they get to drive off into the sunset with the money.]]
* ButchLesbian: Corky is more masculine than Violet. Gina Gershon modeled her performance on Creator/JamesDean. She wears short hair and masculine attire similar to a 50s greaser. The character was probably intended to look more "butch" than she ended up, judging by the scene where Caesar mistakes her for a man in dim light.
* ChewingTheScenery: Well, more like punching the scenery, but Ceaser gets rather...demented towards the middle, especially when he's searching Johnny's apartment.
* CoolOldGuy: Micky. [[{{Fingore}} Cruelly efficient]] towards Shelly, compassionate towards Violet, and the one guy who scares Caesar shitless even after [[spoiler:the latter killed Gino]].
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: Of the named characters in the film, only Gino doesn't, at some point, express an interest in Violet.
* FemmeFatale: Violet
* FilmNoir
* {{Fingore}}
* IntertwinedFingers
* LadyInRed: Violet
* LipstickLesbian: Violet, who looks and behaves in a traditionally feminine manner, in contrast to Corky.
* TheMafia
* MutilationInterrogation: A mobster steals a couple of million dollars from his employers. Despite a savage beating, he refuses to tell them where he's hidden it. Then one of the mobsters produces pruning shears, holds the guy's hands over a toilet bowl, and says: "I'm going to ask you ten times."
* NotSoDifferent: A major theme. In fact it's spelled out [[spoiler: in the last line in the movie.]]
-->'''Corky:''' You know what the difference is between you and me, Violet?
-->'''Violet:''' No.
-->'''Corky:''' Me neither.
* OneWordTitle
* PlethoraOfMistakes: On ''both'' sides of the scam.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Caeser refers to Corky as a dyke and comments that [[{{Irony}} 'her kind can't be trusted.']]
* ShownTheirWork: The Wachowskis had Susie Bright advise them on lesbian sex and culture.
* SmokingIsCool: The film has a strong noir feel to it, including the so-cool-it-hurts smoking.
* TattooedCrook: Corky sports a labrys, a symbol of lesbianism and feminine strength.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: A classic LipstickLesbian and ButchLesbian pairing.
* XanatosSpeedChess: Caesar is madly scrambling to outwit his perceived enemy while Violet and Corky madly scramble to steer him in the right direction. Caeser turns out to be much smarter than they'd anticipated, but not smart enough.
* WhiteShirtOfDeath: While standing in a room-wide puddle of pure white paint, to boot.
* WhosLaughingNow: Caesar both plays the trope straight and says the tag line almost verbatim. He also gets... [[EvilFeelsGood rather]] [[MadnessMantra animated]] while doing so.
* YuriGenre

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