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Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1989)

Átame! (original title)
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:
Camello en Vespa
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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 <cst@imdb.com>

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A love story...with strings attached!


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

12 April 1990 (Argentina)  »

Also Known As:

Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!  »

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Box Office


$4,087,361 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 goes out alone to get medication, he locks the apartment door and puts the key chain in his pocket. While he exits the front door of the building, it is hanging off his belt. See more »


Marina Osorio: You want to fuck me, right? Get it over with.
Ricky: Relax. We'll fuck when the time comes.
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Written by Fabio McNamara (as F. de Miguel), Pedro Almodóvar and Bernardo Bonezzi
Performed by Pedro Almodóvar & Fabio McNamara (as Almodóvar & McNamara)
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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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