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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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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 <>

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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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Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!  »

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ESP 510,932,669 (Spain)

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1.85 : 1
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The sex scene between Antonio Banderas and Victoria Abril took nine takes to get right, and about nine hours to film. Pedro Almodóvar chose to use the last take as, by that time, the two actors had worked themselves up into a sweat which made the scene appear to be more authentic. Elia Kazan later remarked that he thought it was one of the best sex scenes he had ever witnessed. See more »


When Ricky accepts to take Marina out, to search for painkillers, she puts on a dress without underwear. When they return home she undresses showing a pair of white panties. See more »


Ricky: I didn't mean to hurt you, but you started to scream.
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References Hawks (1988) See more »


Written by Carlos Toro Montoro (as Carlos Toro) and Manuel de la Calva
Performed by Antonio Banderas and Loles León
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A delightful movie
30 March 2002 | by (City of Angels) – See all my reviews

Antonio Banderas was truly in his form and height of career when he was cast in Almovodar's Spanish movies. Banderas portrayed innocence and simplicity of character in these early movies that Hollywood always seems to make large and gloss over any sort of character development. There is something that Hollywood seems to drain away and leave behind in the character of people, yet Banderas/Almovodar capture so perfectly the average man/woman and portray them in interesting ways. Atame (Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down) is a delicious little movie about a crook who falls in love with an actress. To get her attention, he kidnaps her and the fun begins. Almovodar's movies are always filled with quirky characters, funny dialogue and plot twists. To see Antonio Banderas at his finest playing a simple man who falls in love but has some issues..Atame is a cute, touching movie to rent.

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