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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.

Director:

Pedro Almodóvar

Writers:

Pedro Almodóvar (screenplay), Pedro Almodóvar (story)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Victoria Abril ... Marina
Antonio Banderas ... Ricky
Loles León ... Lola
Francisco Rabal ... Máximo
María Barranco ... Berta
Rossy de Palma ... Traficante de drogas en Vespa
Julieta Serrano ... Alma
Lola Cardona ... Directora psiquiátrico
Montse G. Romeu Montse G. Romeu ... Montse
Emiliano Redondo ... Decorador
Oswaldo Delgado Oswaldo Delgado ... Fantasma
Concha Rabal Concha Rabal ... Farmacéutica
Alberto Fernández Alberto Fernández ... Productor
José María Tasso José María Tasso ... Anciano psiquiátrico
Angelina Llongueras ... Montadora
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

A love story...with strings attached!

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

12 April 1990 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! See more »

Filming Locations:

Barajas, Madrid, Spain See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$4,087,361
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Company Credits

Production Co:

El Deseo See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Directora psiquiátrico: What will you do?
Ricky: Get a job, start a family. Like any normal person.
Directora psiquiátrico: You're not a normal person.
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Soundtracks

Resistiré
Written by Carlos Toro (as Carlos Toro) and Manuel de la Calva
Performed by Dúo Dinámico
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One of his better movies but often misunderstood
9 October 2001 | by Uncle_FesteringSee all my reviews

Although Tie me up, tie me down doesn't reach the levels of greatness that Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown did, this is none the less a hilarious movie.

First thing that you should remember is that this is a FARCE. It isn't intended to reflect a real situation or inspire people to imitate it. As a matter of fact, I'd be hard pressed to believe that anyone watching this movie would come away thinking they should kidnap someone to make them fall in love. That would be the difference between a movie and reality.

That being said the movie does have a lot to say about what people will do for love and how love and lust tie us to other people. It also makes the great point that love doesn't change who we are, but it does change how we perceive those we are in love with.

And in case I forgot to mention it, the movie is funny. Antonio Banderas and Victoria Abril both are very good but Loles León steals the movie as the air-headed sister.


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