Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!Director: Pedro Almodóvar, Victoria Abril, Antonio Banderas, Loles Leon
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"I'll never love you . . . ever!" the sexy and attractive Marina (Victoria Abril) states emphatically to the love-struck Ricky (Antonio Banderas). You know she means what she says because when she makes this statement she is handcuffed and lashed to a bed, not exactly the proper way to warm anyone up for romance. Yet in Pedro Almodovar's Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! the way to a woman's heart is depicted as being held in captivity until the Stockholm Syndrome kicks in. The film concerns the plight of Marina, a "B"-movie diva trying to adjust to her recent success after years of porno films and drug addiction. But then into her life comes Ricky, a part-time handyman and full-time mental patient, who, during one of his past escapes from the mental ward, had spent the night with Marina -- who gave in to him during one of her less-discerning moments. Since then, Ricky has been thinking of her constantly. Determined to win her affections, he kidnaps Marina, holding her captive in her own apartment and trying everything to convince her to love him -- then they could marry and have a big family. All Ricky's attempts to woo Marina fail. Finally, after taking a severe beating from some street thugs, he strikes a chord in Marina's nurturing heart so that when her sister Lola (Loles Leon) finally discovers her plight, Marina no longer wants to be rescued.
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Cast & Crew
|Victoria Abril||Marina Osorio|
|Francisco Rabal||Maximo Espejo|
|Rossy de Palma||Drug Dealer on Scooter|
|Lola Cardona||Directora Psiquiatrico|
|Montse G. Romeu||Periodista|
|Carlos Garcia Cambero||Hermano de Lola|
|Miguel Garcia||Gitano Viejo|
|Rodolfo Montero||Guarda Jurado|
|Manuel Bandera||Bailarin Tango|
|Jose Luis Alcaine||Cinematographer|
|Jose Cossio||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Jose Maria de Cossio||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Esther Garcia||Production Designer,Production Manager|
|Ennio Morricone||Score Composer|
1. The Heart in the Window [8:25]
2. Barajas Studios [9:11]
3. "That's a Wrap!" [6:54]
4. Don't Scream [7:43]
5. "Canción Del Alma" [5:30]
6. Marina's Doctor [7:15]
7. The Square [8:32]
8. Nothing to Lose [12:22]
9. Playing House [8:32]
10. "I Remember You" [5:17]
11. The Line From Granadilla to Marina [8:22]
12. The End of the Line [8:46]
13. "Resistiré" [4:58]
1. Color Bars [:20]
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If you like foreign films, then you must see this movie. It is smart, funny, and well acted.
Great movie... its pretty much everything the previous reviewer said isn't. watch it.
This movie is for open minded people only! This film explores human emotion, obsessions, and desires without any veils. It is honest, and does not apologize for it. A must see!
tHIS IS AN ART MOVIE AND NOT A VIOLENT, INDECENT, CAR CRASHING, BREAST SHOWING TYPE OF MOVIE. THIS IS AN EUROPEAN MOVIE NOT A CANNED, HOLYWOOD, MADE FOR THE MASSES KIND OF MOVIE. IT IS INTELLIGENT, FUNNY, AND EVEN PHILOSOPHICAL. INTELLIGENT, OPEN MINDED, NOT BIASED PEOPLE WILL LOVE IT. CLOSE MINDED, RIGHT WING, AND EXTREMELLY RELIGIOUS PEOPLE WILL HATE IT, BUT THAT'S LIFE! GREAT CREW AND THE CREATOR GOT AN OSCAR LAST YEAR.
I can state with some certaintly that the husband (then boyfriend) of the one-star reviewer most certainly enjoyed this film - and simply will not admit to it. Highly recommended.
We watched this movie several years ago when my boyfriend (now husband)talked me into it. We actually watched Atame!, which was the Spanish-speaking version with English subtitles. This has got to be the absolute worst movie I have ever seen! Bad acting, awful plot, slow, and NOT sexy!! Don't even be tempted to rent it just because Antonio Banderas is in it. You will be disappointed. It is now a running joke in our household, and the reason my husband is NOT allowed to shop for video/DVDs alone!! If there were a rating of 1/2, or 1/4 star, I would rate this movie less than one star!!