Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1989)
"Átame!" (original title)

NC-17  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  12 April 1990 (Argentina)
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An unbalanced but alluring former mental patient takes a porn star prisoner in the hopes of convincing her to marry him.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Julieta Serrano ...
María Barranco ...
Camello en Vespa
Francisco Rabal ...
Máximo Espejo
Lola Cardona ...
Directora psiquiátrico
Montse G. Romeu ...
Emiliano Redondo ...
Oswaldo Delgado ...
Concha Rabal ...
Alberto Fernández ...
José María Tasso ...
Anciano psiquiátrico


Ricky is released from a mental hospital, and knows exactly what he wants to do. He hunts down Marina, a porn film star he once had sex with, and tries to convince her to be his wife. She is a bit reluctant, so he ties her up. Will this approach endear him to her? Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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A love story...with strings attached!


Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

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Rated NC-17 for scene of strong adult sensuality with nudity | See all certifications »

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12 April 1990 (Argentina)  »

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ESP 510,932,669 (Spain)

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In the United States, the home video releases from Miramax and Anchor Bay are rated NC-17, with the latter studio distributing the film under license from Miramax. The Criterion Collection releases are unrated because they were licensed directly from El Deseo, S.A. and neither studio are under contract with the MPAA to distribute the film with a certification. See more »


When Ricky first takes the knife from the store, we see him put it in his back pocket. But when he gets on the bus, we can clearly see there is no bulge where the knife would be in his back pocket. See more »


Ricky: I had to kidnap you so you'd get to know me. I'm sure you'll get to love me as I love you.
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One of Almodovar's Best
13 December 2003 | by (New Mexico) – See all my reviews

Atame! is my favorite Almodovar film. A lot of people don't think it is incredibly great, but I have to disagree.

Although Talk to Her is probably his most accomplished & strongest film to date, Atame has a light comedic air without the tragic overtones of his latest films. The movie provides some insight into the film-making process a la Fellini. It also deals with psychological imprisonment, release, and how some forms of entrapment are preferable to others.

Both leads are great, and it's easy to see how Banderas' charisma led him to be such a well known actor in later years.

Highly recommended.

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