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Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!
     

Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!

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Director: Pedro Almodóvar, Victoria Abril, Antonio Banderas, Loles Leon

Cast: 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!

Overview

"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.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
Pedro Almodóvar takes an warmly unorthodox look at relationships in Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!, a romantic comedy with a plot similar to William Wyler's thriller The Collector. Despite the tawdriness indicated in the title, this is not just a steamy tale of kinky sex practices, but rather a dark comedy with a compelling relationship at its center, both characters literally struggling for power and desperate for love. Rather than populate the film with tons of zany, colorful characters like in his previous films, Almodóvar chooses to let the camera focus on the two attractive leads, each possessing a strong screen presence. Antonio Banderas broods with boyish passion as dull-witted mental patient Ricky, showing enough vulnerability to make him adorable. His behavior is shown as a result of his overwrought lovesickness, coupled with a complete lack of subtlety. Veteran actress Victoria Abril brings enough strength to the character of Marina to make it faulty to dismiss her as just a victim. Keeping the action confined to Marina's bedroom in long close-up shots with a swelling musical score from Ennio Morricone, the film feels more like a '50s romantic drama than the shocker its critics claimed it to be. Though it received a public outcry and an NC-17 rating upon release, this love story of a kidnapper and victim is surprisingly told with compassion.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/19/2014
UPC:
0715515123914
Original Release:
1990
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:42:00
Sales rank:
23,426

Special Features

New 2K digital restoration, supervised by director Pedro Almodóvar and executive producer Agustín Almodóvar; New documentary on the making of the film, featuring interviews with Pedro Almodóvar; Agustín Almodóvar; actors Antonio Banderas, Victoria Abril, Loles León, and Rossy de Palma; production manager Esther García; and cinematographer José Luis Alcaine; New interview with Almodóvar collaborator and Sony Pictures Classics copresident Michael Barker; Conversation from 2003 between Pedro Almodóvar and Banderas; Footage from the film's 1990 premiere party in Madrid; New English subtitle translation; PLUS: a 1990 piece about the film by Pedro Almodóvar and a conversation between critic Kent Jones and filmmaker Wes Anderson

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Victoria Abril Marina Osorio
Antonio Banderas Ricki
Loles Leon Lola
Julieta Serrano Alma
Francisco Rabal Maximo Espejo
Maria Barranco Actor
Rossy de Palma Drug Dealer on Scooter
Lola Cardona Directora Psiquiatrico
Montse G. Romeu Periodista
Emiliano Redondo Decorador
Carlos Garcia Cambero Hermano de Lola
Miguel Garcia Gitano Viejo
Rodolfo Montero Guarda Jurado
Agustín Almodóvar Farmaceutico
Angelina Llongueras Montadora
Manuel Bandera Bailarin Tango

Technical Credits
Pedro Almodóvar Director,Screenwriter
Jose Luis Alcaine Cinematographer
Agustín Almodóvar Producer
Jose Cossio Costumes/Costume Designer
Jose Maria de Cossio Costumes/Costume Designer
Esther Garcia Production Designer,Production Manager
Ennio Morricone Score Composer
Enrique Posner Producer
José Salcedo Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!
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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Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like foreign films, then you must see this movie. It is smart, funny, and well acted.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great movie... its pretty much everything the previous reviewer said isn't. watch it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!