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Pedro Almodóvar (screenplay)
Pedro Almodóvar (story)
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Release Date:
12 April 1990 (Argentina) See more »
A love story...with strings attached!
An unbalanced but alluring former mental patient takes a porn star prisoner in the hopes of convincing her to marry him. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A delightful movie See more (60 total) »


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Victoria Abril ... Marina Osorio

Antonio Banderas ... Ricky

Loles León ... Lola

Julieta Serrano ... Alma

María Barranco ... Médica

Rossy de Palma ... Camello en Vespa

Francisco Rabal ... Máximo Espejo

Lola Cardona ... Directora psiquiátrico
Montse G. Romeu ... Periodista
Emiliano Redondo ... Decorador
Oswaldo Delgado ... Fantasma
Concha Rabal ... Farmacéutica
Alberto Fernández ... Productor
José María Tasso ... Anciano psiquiátrico

Angelina Llongueras ... Montadora
Manuel Bandera ... Bailarín tango
Virginia Díez ... Bailarina tango
Juana Cordero ... Dependiente bombonería
Francisca Caballero ... Madre de Marina
Francisca Pajuelo ... Hija de Lola
Víctor Coyote ... Hermano de Lola
Carlos García Cambero ... Hermano de Lola
Alito Rodgers ... Man
Tamaki ... Camello
Malena Gracia ... Enfermera (as Almudena Gracia)
Agustín Almodóvar ... Farmacéutico
Rodolfo Montero ... Guarda jurado
Miguel García ... Gitano viejo
Pedro Losada ... Gitano joven

Directed by
Pedro Almodóvar 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Pedro Almodóvar  screenplay
Pedro Almodóvar  story

Produced by
Agustín Almodóvar .... executive producer
Enrique Posner .... producer
Original Music by
Ennio Morricone 
Cinematography by
José Luis Alcaine 
Film Editing by
José Salcedo 
Production Design by
Esther García 
Art Direction by
Ferran Sánchez 
Set Decoration by
Pepón Sigler (settings)
Costume Design by
José María de Cossío 
Makeup Department
Antoñita viuda de Ruiz .... wigs (as Viuda de Ruiz)
Jorge Hernández Lobo .... makeup artist (as Jorge Hernández)
Juan Pedro Hernández .... makeup artist
Alfonso Martínez .... assistant hair stylist
Patricia Rodríguez .... hair stylist
Production Management
Miguel de Casas .... assistant production manager
Esther García .... production manager
Lola García .... assistant production manager
María José Maza .... assistant production manager
Tino Pont .... assistant production manager
Alejandro Vázquez .... assistant production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Raúl de la Morena .... assistant director
Agustín Díaz Yanes .... assistant director
José Luis Escolar .... first assistant director
Art Department
Dis Berlin .... Ricky's drawings by
Paco Calonge .... set dresser
Juli Capella-Quim .... graphic designer
Salvador Comes .... painter
José Luis García Quevedo .... set dresser (as José Luis García)
Alfonso Martínez .... set dresser
Patricia Rodríguez .... set dresser
Luciano Romero .... set dresser
Juan Sánchez Castro .... set dresser (as Juan E. Sánchez)
Tadeo Villalba hijo .... key set dresser
Enrique Vázquez .... property master
Juan Sánchez Castro .... property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Michael A. Carter .... re-recording mixer
Luis Castro .... sound effects
Ray Gillon .... sound consultant
Graham V. Hartstone .... re-recording mixer
Francisco Peramos .... sound recordist
Alfonso Pino .... sound effects
Kevin Tayler .... foley mixer
Ricardo Steinberg .... sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Reyes Abades .... special effects
Alejandro Cobo .... stunts
Esther Flores .... stunt double: Rossy De Palma
Pilar Navarro .... stunt double: Victoria Abril
Andrés Parra .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Pancho Alcaine .... second assistant camera
Vladimiro Amor .... electrician
Jorge Aparicio .... still photographer
Alberto Arnal .... electrician (as José Alberto Arnal)
Enrique Bello .... electrician
Mimmo Cattarinich .... still photographer
José Ferrándiz .... electrician
Antonio García de Pedro .... electrician
Agustín Grande .... grip
Pablo Hernández Smith .... video technician
Alfredo Mayo .... camera operator
Carlos Miguel .... key grip
Miguel Ángel Muñoz .... first assistant camera
Fulgencio Rodríguez .... gaffer
Romolo Eucalitto .... special photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jesús Moncusi .... head dresser
Peris .... wardrobe
María del Puy Uche .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Manolo Laguna .... assistant editor
Ximo Michavila .... telecine colorist
Rosa Ortiz .... assistant editor
Location Management
Federico García Cambero .... location manager
Music Department
Ennio Morricone .... conductor
Transportation Department
Ángel Megino .... transportation
Other crew
Fausto Alonso .... gardener
Emilio Ardura .... tapestry
Paco Ardura .... animal consultant
Yuyi Beringola .... script supervisor
Juli Capella-Quim .... sketcher
José Luis Chinchilla .... gunsmith
Carlos García Cambero .... general manager (as Carlos Cambero G.)
Alberto González .... sketcher
Alicia González .... title assistant: Studio Gatti
Arturo González .... sketcher
Florencia Grassi .... title assistant: Studio Grassi
Paloma Martínez .... administration staff
Pablo Núñez .... title designer
Tino Pont .... administration staff
Esther Rodríguez .... administration staff
Juan Manuel Sánchez .... administration staff
Juan Gatti .... title designer (uncredited)
Eduardo Arroyo .... acknowledgment
Chus Burés .... acknowledgment
Juan Luis Lábano .... acknowledgment
Luis Martín .... acknowledgment
Enrique Miret Magdalena .... acknowledgment
Francisco Nieva .... acknowledgment
Enrique Posner .... acknowledgment
Marta Rozas .... acknowledgment
Christine Welker .... acknowledgment
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Átame!" - Spain (original title)
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Rated NC-17 for scene of strong adult sensuality with nudity (re-rating)
101 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:R18+ | Belgium:16 (video rating) | Brazil:16 | Canada:R (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Denmark:15 | Finland:K-16 | France:Tous publics | Germany:16 | Hong Kong:III | Hungary:16 | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM18 (original rating) | Italy:VM14 (re-rating) | Mexico:C | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:15 | Peru:18 | Portugal:M/16 (Qualidade) | Russia:18+ | Singapore:R21 | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | UK:15 (theatrical re-release) (2016) | USA:X (original rating) | USA:NC-17 (re-rating)
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Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: 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'm 23 years old, I have 50,000 pesetas, and I'm alone in the world. I'll try to be a good husband to you and a good father to your children.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! Part 2 (2006) (V)See more »
ResistiréSee more »


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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
A delightful movie, 30 March 2002
Author: Tracey ( from City of Angels

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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