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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Marina Osorio
... Ricky
... Lola
... Alma
... Médica
... Camello en Vespa
... Máximo Espejo
... Directora psiquiátrico
Montse G. Romeu ... Periodista
... Decorador
Oswaldo Delgado ... Fantasma
Concha Rabal ... Farmacéutica
Alberto Fernández ... Productor
José María Tasso ... Anciano psiquiátrico
... 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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A love story...with strings attached!

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Romance

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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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1.85 : 1
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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 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 »

Quotes

Máximo Espejo: Lola, I don't care much for your face, but your ass is another story.
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Connections

References Peeping Tom (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Resistiré
Written by Carlos Toro Montoro (as Carlos Toro) and Manuel de la Calva
Performed by Antonio Banderas and Loles León
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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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