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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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Lola
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Alma
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Médica
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Camello en Vespa
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Máximo Espejo
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Directora psiquiátrico
Montse G. Romeu ...
Periodista
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Decorador
Oswaldo Delgado ...
Fantasma
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Farmacéutica
Alberto Fernández ...
Productor
José María Tasso ...
Anciano psiquiátrico
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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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$4,087,361 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the United States, the home video releases from Miramax and Anchor Bay are rated NC-17, with the latter studio distributing the film under license from Miramax. The Criterion Collection releases are unrated because they were licensed directly from El Deseo, S.A. and neither studio are under contract with the MPAA to distribute the film with a certification. 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

Lola: We're doing a number at the party tonight. I promised Maximo.
Marina Osorio: What kind?
Lola: Something sexy. But nothing complicated. From our old act.
Marina Osorio: I'm not sure I remember.
Lola: Sure you do. Some tits here, some ass there.
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Connections

Referenced in En la cama (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Canción del alma
Written by Rafael Hernández
Performed by Loles León
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people don't get the irony
9 May 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm amazed that people don't get the irony underlying this film. If you've seen other, earlier Almodovar films, you'll know that he explores sexual situations that come emanate from all sorts of crazy situations (think of Law of Desire (1987), for example, in which Banderas plays a man exploring his homosexuality). But what makes this film so great is that, unlike Almodovar's other films, it attempts to explore the nature of the "conventional," heterosexual matrix which, through Almodovar's eyes, becomes completely nonsensical. Indeed, the relationship between Marina and Ricky is meant, ultimately, to be a parody of how such relationships work, as if heterosexuality (and its consequence, marriage) are almost inevitably equivalent in character to the infamous Stockholm syndrome. The final twist of the film, mistakenly hated for its apparently patriarchal overtones, is in fact a humorous subversion of conventional sexual politics. `You're crazy! Love a man who kidnaps you and ties you up? Is that normal?' exclaims Marina's sister. Well, actually, yes, according to Almodovar, it's completely normal. When viewed with irony (most viewers seem to have a bad case of literal disease when it comes to this film), this movie is a devastating critique of modern heterosexuality. Note that the trio sing the Spanish version of "I will survive" at the very end, when everything has supposedly worked out, in Candide fashion, for the best...


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