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20 January 1995 (USA) See more »
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This Oscar nominated film is the story of two men who are opposites, one gay, the other straight, one a fierce communist, the other a fierce individualist, one suspicious, the other accepting, and how they come to love each other. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Jorge Perugorría ... Diego
Vladimir Cruz ... David
Mirta Ibarra ... Nancy

Francisco Gattorno ... Miguel
Joel Angelino ... German
Marilyn Solaya ... Vivian
Andrés Cortina ... Santero
Antonio Carmona ... Groom
Ricardo Ávila ... Taxi Driver (as Ricardo Avila)
María Elena del Toro ... Passenger 1
Zolanda Oña ... Passenger 2
Diana Iris del Puerto ... Neighbor

Directed by
Tomás Gutiérrez Alea 
Juan Carlos Tabío 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Tomás Gutiérrez Alea  collaboration (as T.G. Alea)
Senel Paz  screenplay
Senel Paz  story "The Wolf, The Forest and the New Man"

Produced by
Georgina Balzaretti .... executive producer
Frank Cabrera .... executive producer
Nacho Cobo .... associate producer
Javier Gonzáles .... line producer
Juan Muñoz .... associate producer
Luis R. Urra .... assistant producer (as Luis Urra)
Camilo Vives .... executive producer
Original Music by
José María Vitier 
Cinematography by
Mario García Joya (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Osvaldo Donatién  (as Osvaldo Donatien)
Rolando Martínez 
Miriam Talavera 
Production Design by
Fernando Pérez O'Reilly 
Costume Design by
Miriam Dueñas 
Makeup Department
María Elena del Toro .... makeup artist
Graciela Grossas .... makeup artist
Production Management
Miguel Mendoza .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mayra Segura .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Germinal Hernández .... sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Humberto Figueroa .... chief lighting technician
Mario García Joya .... camera operator
Ernesto Granados .... camera operator
Claudio Hernandez .... lighting technician (as Claudio Hernández)
Emilio Hernández .... lighting technician
Pedro Martínez .... electrician
Rolando Martínez .... key grip
Carlos Miranda .... electrical equipment operator
Daniel Núñez Pérez .... electrician (as Daniel Pérez)
Pedro Ramírez .... grip (as Pedro L. Ramírez)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Roberto González .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Pilar López .... assistant editor
Greg Spence .... post-production executive
Music Department
John Beal .... composer: trailer (uncredited)
Other crew
Robert Redford .... presenter
Antón Arrufat .... thanks
Natalia Bolívar .... thanks
Lazaro Gómez .... thanks

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Also Known As:
"Fresa y chocolate" - Cuba (original title)
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Rated R for brief strong sexuality, and for language
108 min
Black and White (archive footage: news broadcasts) | Color
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Cuban's official submission to the Best Foreign Language Film category for the 67th Academy Awards. As of 2014, it remains the only Cuban film to be nominated for an Oscar.See more »
Anachronisms: The blue Cadillac seen at the end of the film was not made until the 1987 model year.See more »


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16 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Character comedy (?) w/ political theme, 7 May 2003
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`Strawberry and Chocolate' (1993)is set in contemporary Havana. The luster of that city has dimmed after nearly four decades of Castro's rule. David (Vladimir Cruz), a student and avid Castro supporter, is on the rebound after losing his girlfriend. He had taken her to a cheap hotel to make love, but the place is so shabby it puts her off. Instead, he promises never to touch her until they marry. In the next scene, she marries someone else while David stands sullenly among the well wishers at the registry office. Then he meets Diego (Jorge Perugorría).

Diego, who is flamboyantly gay, parks himself at David's table in an outdoor café to eat a dish of strawberry ice cream. For David, this is suspicious because chocolate is also available. Diego says some people like chocolate, some like strawberry, an innocuous line that gives the movie its title and also hints at the odd couple relationship to follow.

Diego does not disguise his sexual interest in David, but is also interested in giving David an education the regime denies him. The older man is far more cultured than his new friend. Offers of books banned in Castro's Cuba, such as a novel by Mario Vargas Llosa or the poems of John Donne, lure David to his apartment for tea and talk. When David reports that Diego is involved with a forbidden art exhibit, he is directed to befriend Diego to find out more information. `Strawberry and Chocolate' thus sets their emerging friendship against the backdrop of two bleak themes: anti-gay prejudice in the Castro regime, and the betray-thy-neighbor expectation of a police state.

But almost nobody conforms to type. A woman in Diego's building who is part of the neighborhood Vigilance Committee, on the watch for counter-revolutionary activities, turns out to be a good friend to Diego and then to David. Everyone plays one game with the government, but a different one in their private lives. This is a lesson David has to learn. Encounters with women along the way provide a few subplots, but the heart of the story lies in the hearts of the two men.

`Strawberry and Chocolate' is credited to directors Tomás Gutiérrez Alea and Juan Carlos Tabío. The former was, until his death shortly after completing this film, the best known filmmaker in Cuba, winning an international reputation in the 1960's for titles such as `Memoirs of Underdevelopment,' a look at life in Cuba in the early Castro years that tempers criticism with prudence. `Strawberry' is smaller in scale and less overtly political.

The film was nominated for an Oscar in 1995 and won awards at film festivals around the world (including the Sundance Festival). American viewers may instantly slot it with Hollywood features that show how straight characters learn life lessons from a wiser gay companion (`Boys on the Side,' `As Good As It Gets'). And at times Diego's excesses recall the worst performances of Harvey Fierstein. Yet superb performances by the two male leads eventually move beyond stereotypes they – and the audience – initially share about each other, transforming their unexpected friendship into a statement that puts the lie to official groupthink in a repressive regime.

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