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Like Water for Chocolate (1992) More at IMDbPro »Como agua para chocolate (original title)

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Like Water for Chocolate -- This movie is about how life used to be in Mexico. It is a love story between Pedro and Tita, and why they coudn't get married because Tita's mother wanted her oldest daughter to get married first, and have Tita to stay and take care of her.
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Laura Esquivel (novel)
Laura Esquivel (screenplay)
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Release Date:
28 May 1993 (USA) See more »
A feast for the senses!
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... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 26 wins & 12 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Marco Leonardi ... Pedro Muzquiz

Lumi Cavazos ... Tita
Regina Torné ... Mamá Elena
Mario Iván Martínez ... Doctor John Brown
Ada Carrasco ... Nacha

Yareli Arizmendi ... Rosaura
Claudette Maillé ... Gertrudis
Pilar Aranda ... Chencha
Farnesio de Bernal ... Cura

Joaquín Garrido ... Sargento Treviño
Rodolfo Arias ... Juan Alejándrez
Margarita Isabel ... Paquita Lobo
Sandra Arau ... Esperanza Muzquiz
Andrés García Jr. ... Alex Brown
Regino Herrera ... Nicolás
Genaro Aguirre ... Rosalio
David Ostrosky ... Juan de la Garza
Brígida Alexander ... Tía Mary
Amado Ramírez ... Padre de Pedro

Arcelia Ramírez ... Bisnieta
Socorro Rodríguez ... Amiga de Paquita
Rafael García Zuazua ... Padrino
Rafael García Zuazua Jr. ... Alex de niño (as Rafael Garcia Z Jr.)
Edurne Ballesteros ... Tita de adolescente
Melisa Mares ... Rosaura de niña

Gabriela Canudas ... Rosaura de adolescente
Natalia De la Fuente ... Gertrudis de niña
Beatriz Elías ... Gertrudis de adolescente
Rodolfo Mejía ... Venerable maestro

Ricardo M. Kaplan ... Primer vigilante (as Ricardo Mendoza)
Jaime R. Rodríguez ... Maestro masón
Osvaldo Martínez ... Maestro masón
Javier Mares ... Maestro masón
Miguel Mares ... Maestro masón
Jorge Vizales ... Maestro masón
Orquesta De R. Lombra ... Musicians
Artemio Cruz ... Juan Alejandrez's Assistant
Simon ... Pulque
Chester ... Tequila
Melisa Nickliff ... Guest at John Brown's House
Mary Beth Awyer ... Guest at John Brown's House
David McKinney ... Guest at John Brown's House
Ryan Manti ... Guest at John Brown's House
Bo Hatch ... Guest at John Brown's House
Alfredo P. De Tejada ... Guest at John Brown's House
Gabriela P. De Tejada ... Guest at John Brown's House
Stacey Ashabranner ... Guest at John Brown's House
Teresa Ross ... Guest at John Brown's House
Susana Garcia C. ... Guest at John Brown's House
Billy Jagnes ... Guest at John Brown's House
K. Wickliff ... Guest at John Brown's House
Fune Kohlman ... Guest at John Brown's House
Hayde J. Rodriguez ... Soldier
Maria H. Pineda ... Soldier
Estela Lopez R. ... Soldier
Lorena Villarreal ... Soldier
Indira Sánchez ... Soldier (as Indira Sanchez)
Sonia Ruiz ... Soldier
Maria R. Flores ... Soldier
Lizet Martinez ... Soldier
Victor M. Gomez ... Government Troop
Jose F. Lopez ... Government Troop
Roberto Díaz ... Government Troop (as Roberto Diaz)
Juan A. Ramos ... Government Troop
Jaime J. Maartinez ... Government Troop
Teodoro Bastida ... Revolutionary
Jesus Aguilar ... Revolutionary
Max Geturino ... Revolutionary
Angel Sierra ... Revolutionary
Francisco Romero ... Revolutionary
Luis A. Muñoz ... Revolutionary
José Miguel García ... Revolutionary (as Jose M. Garcia)

Mario Vasquez ... Revolutionary
Jose A. Hernandez ... Revolutionary
Rogelio Cornejo ... Revolutionary
Juan Murillo ... Revolutionary

Directed by
Alfonso Arau 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Laura Esquivel  novel
Laura Esquivel  screenplay

Produced by
Alfonso Arau .... producer
Emilia Arau .... line producer
Óscar Castillo .... executive producer
Original Music by
Leo Brouwer 
Cinematography by
Steven Bernstein 
Emmanuel Lubezki (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Carlos Bolado 
Francisco Chiu 
Casting by
Liza Willert (dubbing)
Production Design by
Marco Antonio Arteaga 
Emilio Mendoza 
Denise Pizzini 
Art Direction by
Ricardo M. Kaplan 
Costume Design by
Carlos Brown 
Makeup Department
Sergio Espinoza .... makeup artist
Lucero Esquivias .... hair stylist
Aurora Sánchez .... hair stylist
Julian Tejeda .... hair stylist supervisor
Julian Tejeda .... makeup supervisor
Robert Villafuerte .... makeup artist
Production Management
Jose Ludlow .... head of production
Belinda Uriegas .... production manager
Robert Warmflash .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Óscar Guarín .... first assistant director
Manuel Hinojosa .... first assistant director
Maureen Jimenez .... second assistant director
Mariana Sánchez .... second assistant director
Jorge Ramírez Suárez .... second unit director (uncredited)
Art Department
David Ascencio .... assistant art director
Mauricio De Aguinaco .... assistant art director
Jesús Flores .... carpenter
Alejandro Santillan .... carpenter
Lisa Lopez .... buyer (uncredited)
Marina Viancini .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Alejandro Baez .... boom operator
Juan Castro .... sound
Aurelio López .... sound editor
Juan Carlos Prieto .... sound engineer
Marco Welsh .... sound engineer (as Marco Welch)
Felipe Zavala .... boom operator
Jeff Timbs .... daily sound transferer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Eduardo Castañeda .... special effects assistant
Carlos Falomir .... special effects assistant
Raul Falomir .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Francisco Rodríguez .... optical effects
Manuel Sáinz .... optical effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Enrique Gutierrez .... still photographer
Pablo Herrero .... assistant camera
Igor Jadue-Lillo .... focus puller
Roz Naylor .... focus puller
Israel Orozco .... assistant camera
Héctor Ortega .... focus puller: second unit
Claudio Rocha .... director of photography: second unit
Moisés Salazar .... grip
Mariana Sánchez de Antuñano .... assistant camera (as Mariana Sanchez)
Arturo Velasquez .... assistant camera
Jaime Reynoso .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Víctor Balderas .... costume assistant
Maria Ines Garibay .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Alejandro Chilpa .... assistant editor
Francisco Chiu Jr. .... assistant editor
Eduardo Soto-Falcón .... assistant editor
Greg Spence .... post-production executive
Location Management
Alfonso Granados .... location manager
Music Department
Annette Fradera .... music supervisor
Annette Fradera .... producer: period music
Other crew
Jenny Ayala .... production coordinator
Oscar Marcos Azar .... legal consultant
Humberto Domínguez .... production assistant
Leticia Espinosa .... production secretary
Carlos Gallardo .... production assistant
Mark Holdom .... sales representative
Laura Pesce .... continuity
Yossy Salazar .... delegate: ANDA
Rafael Santamaría .... production assistant
Pierre Tatarka .... production assistant
Ilann Girard .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Como agua para chocolate" - Mexico (original title)
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Rated R for sexuality
105 min | Mexico:113 min (R Rated NTSC Version)
Aspect Ratio:
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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 »
Anachronisms: Background music while Tita and Nacha are cooking in the kitchen tells the story of a car breakdown.See more »
Tita:[to Mama Elena] Roberto's death is your fault!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Rewind This! (2013)See more »
Paso Del NorteSee more »


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40 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
Rich and satisfying, 28 May 2000
Author: Sara (saraarts) from Massachusetts

Years ago, in California, I walked into a gas station convenience store to buy some consumable or other. The man who took my money was a Mexican emigre, and he saw that I was carrying a copy of the book Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel. He asked how I liked it, and I told him I was loving it. He told me not to miss the movie.

"Oh," I answered, "but I always worry that the movie will never be as good as the book."

"It doesn't matter," he told me. "This is a very great film. And it is the first real Mexican film I have ever seen shown in this country. You know, to everybody, not just the Mexican community."

I smiled and told him I would check it out, but honestly, I had no idea what he was talking about. After all, I knew who Dolores Del Rio and Cantinflas were, and the movies with them that I had seen were shown in L.A., to everybody.

But now, at last, I have seen this movie, and now, at last, I know what this guy was talking about. Like, wow! This really is a real Mexican film! Art! Cinema! More than just a bit of popular fluff!

Tender, compassionate and very witty, like the book on which it is based, this movie celebrates Mexican culture -- not just on the food, the preparation of which forms the premise of the story, but as kind of a rollicking take on the history of the young country at the turn of the century. It celebrates the music, the style of life on a ranch, the strength of the extended family, the beauty of the land, and the ethnic mixing pot that is every Mexican.

There is so much reckless joy and passionate love in this film, even when it portrays pain. It openly depicts female eroticism. (Plus, for a big change from US cinema, we get to see beautiful men and women of many shapes, sizes and colors all on the same screen.) The acting is flawless, and the star, Lumi Cavazos, is absolutely charming, full of life and credibility.

The only flaws I found in this film were minor and had to do with timing. For example, the final ascent to the climax seems to have been shortchanged a little bit. I would have liked to reach through this scene a little more slowly.

To judge Mexican cinema by the type of films I had seen before this one would be like judging U.S. cinema on the basis of Jerry Lewis or some cheesy melodramas from the '40s and '50s, but not taking into account any of our real film art. I'd love to know what else I've missed. Can't wait to find out.

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