Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!

April 12th, 1990


Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!

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Ricky is released from a mental hospital, and knows exactly what he wants to do. He hunts down Marina...

Release Year: 1990

Rating: 6.9/10 (9,626 voted)

Critic's Score: 54/100

Director: Pedro Almodóvar

Stars: Victoria Abril, Antonio Banderas, Loles León

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?

Writers: Pedro Almodóvar, Pedro Almodóvar

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

Taglines: A love story...with strings attached!

Release Date: 12 April 1990

Filming Locations: Barajas, Madrid, Spain

Gross: $4,087,361 (USA)

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Did You Know?

One of the films that was instrumental in bringing about the introduction of the NC-17 rating in the U.S., as the film's distributor took the MPAA to court over the X certification it had initially been designated.

Continuity: 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.

Ricky: I had to kidnap you so you'd get to know me. I'm sure you'll get to love me as I love you.

User Review

A gripping movie, and often misunderstood


After all I heard and read about this movie, I think this one of the most commonly misunderstood movies ever. It is not a comedy (although sometimes bizarre). It is NOT a glorification of violence. It is not about S/M or Bondage (which occurs between consenting parties). It's message is NOT that if you tie up and beat a woman, she will love you in return.

This is a movie about two people who are unable to master life on their own. This has led Ricky to the mental ward and Marina to being a drug-addicted porn star, who just happens to have a streak of luck because a movie director is completely obsessed with her. In the end, the two have found each other and it looks as if together, they can find the happiness and home they always were looking for. Beautiful...

Yes, Ricky's method of convincing Marina to love him is horrible and unacceptable. His attitude toward women and life in general is seriously twisted, and he just cannot think of any other way to get what he needs to fulfill his desire of living what he considers an ordinary life. Why does Marina fall for it? Probably because he's the first person who ever seemed to care about her. He fights to get her, he fights to help her. Even if his interest in her is ruthless and possessive, it is a genuine, deep interest and that is what she has been missing all her life.

I found Atame to be a fascinating and remarkable movie. Watch it open-minded and try to look beneath the pure surface of the plot, and you will be moved and captivated by its beauty.


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