Pedro Almodóvar

Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!

Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!

Pedro Almodóvar’s colorful and controversial tribute to the pleasures and perils of Stockholm syndrome, Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! is a rambunctious dark comedy starring Antonio Banderas as an unbalanced but alluring ex-mental-patient and Victoria Abril as the B-movie and former porn star he takes prisoner in the hopes of convincing her to marry him. A highly unconventional romance that came on the spike heels of Almodóvar’s international sensation Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, this is a splashy, sexy central work in the career of one of the world’s most beloved and provocative auteurs, radiantly shot by the director’s great cinematographer, José Luis Alcaine.

Film Info

Special Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED EDITION:

  • New 2K digital restoration, supervised by director Pedro Almodóvar and executive producer Agustín Almodóvar, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • 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 booklet featuring a 1990 piece about the film by Pedro Almodóvar, a conversation between critic Kent Jones and filmmaker Wes Anderson, and an interview with Almodóvar from 1989

New cover by Malika Favre

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Special Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED EDITION:

  • New 2K digital restoration, supervised by director Pedro Almodóvar and executive producer Agustín Almodóvar, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • 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 booklet featuring a 1990 piece about the film by Pedro Almodóvar, a conversation between critic Kent Jones and filmmaker Wes Anderson, and an interview with Almodóvar from 1989

New cover by Malika Favre

Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!
Cast
Victoria Abril
Marina
Antonio Banderas
Ricki
Francisco Rabal
Máximo Espejo
Loles Léon
Lola
Julieta Serrano
Alma
María Barranco
Berta
Rossy de Palma
Motorcycle girl
Lola Cardona
Director of psychiatric hospital
Francisca Caballero
Mother
Credits
Director
Pedro Almodóvar
Writer
Pedro Almodóvar
Executive producer
Agustín Almodóvar
Director of production
Esther García
Original score
Ennio Morricone
Director of photography
José Luis Alcaine
Editor
José Salcedo
Sound
Goldstein & Steinberg, S.A.
Costume design
José María de Cossío

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Ennio Morricone

Composer

After making a name for himself scoring spaghetti westerns, Ennio Morricone went on to work with some of the most renowned European and Hollywood moviemakers of all time in a career that has spanned five decades. The maestro was born in Rome and educated in trumpet and choral music at Italy’s National Academy of Santa Cecilia, one of the oldest musical institutions in the world, during World War II. Early in his career, he wrote background music for radio dramas, composed classical pieces, and performed in jazz bands, but it was his sixties movie scores for Sergio Leone—specifically his now ubiquitous woodwindy wah-wah for The Good, the Bad and the Ugly—that put him on the international map. Thanks to the iconic themes from these films, Morricone would be commissioned to write music for more than forty other westerns, but he would also work with such filmmakers as Marco Bellocchio (Fists in the Pocket), Gillo Pontecorvo (The Battle of Algiers), Pier Paolo Pasolini (Salò), and, when he began scoring American films, Terrence Malick (Days of Heaven), Samuel Fuller (White Dog), Brian De Palma (The Untouchables), and John Carpenter (The Thing). Moving easily between B movies and prestige films, adventure and romance, Morricone has remained one of cinema’s most adventurous, active, and versatile composers.