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 Osorio
Antonio Banderas ... Ricky
Loles León ... Lola (as Loles Leon)
María Barranco ... Berta (as Maria Barranco)
Rossy de Palma ... Traficante de drogas en Vespa
Julieta Serrano ... Alma
Francisco Rabal ... Máximo Espejo
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 (as Alberto Fernandez)
José María Tasso ... Anciano Psiquiátrico (as Jose Maria Tasso)
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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Trivia

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 »

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

Decorador: You'll have to tell me your secret when I get back.
Marina Osorio: When's that?
Decorador: In a couple weeks.
Marina Osorio: Enjoy yourself. And get laid.
Decorador: If I do, I'm not coming back.
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Features Night of the Living Dead (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Resistiré
Written by Carlos Toro (as Carlos Toro) and Manuel de la Calva
Performed by Dúo Dinámico
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What not to like about this movie?
7 September 2004 | by aymanrizkSee all my reviews

I just loved every aspect of this movie... The acting by both Victoria Abril and Antonio Banderas is superb. Even the sister delivers a very convincing performance. The director, Pedro Almodóvar, is the same one who brought us masterpieces like "Talk to her" and "All about my mother". Although you wouldn't figure it out from the plot lines of the three movies, "Tie me up, Tie me down" is much lighter and less involved than the other two.

The pace (as with all Almodóvar's movies) is just the right one, not too fast or slow. I did not like the character of the director in the movie and did not like his acting that much... Probably the only weak couple of scenes are those depicting his infatuation with Marina.

The ending may seem predictable and lame, but I liked it…. It is one of those feel good endings.

Although there is a hot sexy scene in this movie, I question the NC-17 US rating for that scene. I saw so many R-rated movies that were much more explicit... My point is; if you get this movie thinking it was one of those European soft porn flicks, you will be disappointed.

My vote: 9/10.


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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

22 January 1990 (Spain) 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

Opening Weekend USA:

$65,299, 6 May 1990

Gross USA:

$4,087,361

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,088,140
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Company Credits

Production Co:

El Deseo See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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