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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 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
Angelina Llongueras 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:

Official site

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

At the film's New York City premiere party, a large cake in the shape of an 'X' was prepared for the cast and crew as a riffing towards the MPAA's decision to give the film an X-rating. 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

Ricky: I'd escape now and then, but I always went back.
Marina Osorio: Why?
Ricky: I had no where to go, and the Director lady liked me.
Marina Osorio: That's why you're such a good lay.
Ricky: With them it was different.
Marina Osorio: Were there lots of directors?
Ricky: No, only one director. The others were nurses.
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Referenced in Arrested Development: Flight of the Phoenix (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Satanasa
Written by Fabio McNamara (as F. de Miguel), Pedro Almodóvar and Bernardo Bonezzi
Performed by Pedro Almodóvar & Fabio McNamara (as Almodóvar & McNamara)
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User Reviews

 
A very sexy film- a MANS chick flick. This is a bit twisted and fun.
18 June 2006 | by dilbertsupermanSee all my reviews

Our hero is a mentally ill man who can't stop thinking about a girl who rocked his world back in the past. He is released from the institution and goes ahead with the paint by numbers obsession masquerading as love routine. This is the kind of love where you beat the living $hit out of your girlfriend because you love her so much and then complain to her afterward.. look what you made me do- it's all your fault you whore because I love you so much.

While this is a completely sick and abusive way to run a relationship, apparently some women like domination and the intense attention they get from a psychopath. This explains a lot of seemingly unlikely pairings in the world- deep down inside, a real girl likes to be submitted by the alpha male.

If you understand this, you can understand this movie and how it plays out- otherwise you will be screaming at the movie yeah right - could never happen- but the FUNNY thing about this movie is it could and does happen. Bad girls need lots of attention.

The script is rich with turns and twists which bounces off the fact that our leading lady, a former porn star and heroin addict trying to kick has just finished up a regular movie and they want to call her back for post-prod.-Problem is.. she's tied up at the moment with her new boyfriend...

This is a romantic comedy with good old Spanish humor which revolves around fiery romance and doing the dumbest thing possible in a situation, --it mirrors what the testosterone told you to do.

I was reminded of Jamon Jamon with the lead character-who is of course.. Antonio Banderas. Before seeing the film-I thought Banderas was a negative for the film, but he actually does this character quite well!


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