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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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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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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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$4,087,361
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Trivia

Victoria Abril developed cold sores during shooting from having her mouth frequently taped shut. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Montadora: It's more of a love story than a horror story.
Máximo Espejo: They can be hard to tell apart.
Lola: We've got a blockbuster.
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Referenced in Battlestar Galactica: Tigh Me Up, Tigh Me Down (2004) See more »

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A Bizarre Love Story `À La Almodòvar'
28 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

Marina Osorio (Victoria Abril) is a soft-porno star kidnapped in her own apartment by Ricky (Antonio Banderas), a guy who has just left a mental institution. He wants to get married with her. The storyline in this weird love story recalls `The Collector', i.e., a man kidnaps a woman because he is in love with her. But on the contrary of the William Wyler's drama in a cold and isolate farm in an English countryside, the situations in Almodóvar's colorful movie in the center of Madrid are very erotic and funny. For example, the scene when Marina is having a bath in her bathtub is hilarious. This cult movie is certainly not one of the best in Almodóvar´s filmography, but it is mandatory for those who are his fan. My vote is seven.


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