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Like Water for Chocolate (1992)

Como agua para chocolate (original title)
R | | Drama, Romance | 28 May 1993 (USA)
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In a forgotten Mexico Tita and Pedro fall in love, but are forbidden to marry. Mama Elena sees Tita's role as her caretaker for life - no youngest daughter has ever married and her daughter... See full summary »



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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 25 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Regina Torné ...
Mamá Elena
Mario Iván Martínez ...
Doctor John Brown
Ada Carrasco ...
Claudette Maillé ...
Pilar Aranda ...
Farnesio de Bernal ...
Sargento Treviño
Rodolfo Arias ...
Juan Alejándrez
Margarita Isabel ...
Paquita Lobo
Sandra Arau ...
Esperanza Muzquiz
Andrés García Jr. ...
Alex Brown
Regino Herrera ...


In a forgotten Mexico Tita and Pedro fall in love, but are forbidden to marry. Mama Elena sees Tita's role as her caretaker for life - no youngest daughter has ever married and her daughter will not be the first to break tradition. Tita's heart breaks when her mother instead offers to Pedro her other daughter, and he accepts. Now they live in the same house, and Mama Elena cannot forbid their love as she did their marriage. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A feast for the senses!


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 May 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Como Água Para Chocolate  »

Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)


$21,665,500 (USA)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


| (R Rated NTSC Version)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Pedro gave the roses to Tita for her 1st year anniversary as the ranch cook, it was colored peach. But when she started cooking it with the quail it was red. See more »


When Dr. Brown holds up a piece of white phosphorus, nothing happens. White phosphorus ignites in air at room temperature, however, so it should have been shown burning. See more »


Doctor John Brown: I see you didn't touch your dinner. Sue Ellen is a horrible cook, but my son and I put up with her food. Of course, *you* don't have to.
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Unpredictable and romantic
19 August 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The two things that stood out for me in this film are the telling of this story and how you had no idea what was going to happen next and of course the performance of Lumi Cavazos. Its one of those rare experiences that stay with you long after you have seen the film. Both strong and self assured. Whats really amazing is that its Cavazos first film role (That I know of, anyway) her natural charm is essential to this story. Not a film for all taste's but a very unique movie overflowing with romantic grandeur.

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