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Writers:
Tomás Gutiérrez Alea (collaboration)
Senel Paz (screenplay)
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Release Date:
20 January 1995 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Savor the flavor
Plot:
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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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 25 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Beautiful! See more (28 total) »

Cast

  (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
 
Thanks
Antón Arrufat .... thanks
Natalia Bolívar .... thanks
Lazaro Gómez .... thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Fresa y chocolate" - Cuba (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for brief strong sexuality, and for language
Runtime:
108 min
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Color:
Black and White (archive footage: news broadcasts) | Color
Aspect Ratio:
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Trivia:
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 »
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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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14 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful!, 22 August 2002
Author: meitschi from Vienna, Austria

A beautiful movie for the heart. One of the most wonderful stories of friendship ever told.

Jorge Perugorría as Diego is amazing. (I'd well like to see some of his other work.) It is most astonishing to see how his character develops from the limp-wristed cliché gay at the beginning to a fascinating man who gets in conflict with the regime because he is different on every level from what the system requires him to be: he is an independent spirit, a person with a genuine love for the arts, for literature, for music, he is disappointed by communist ideals - and he is also gay, by the way.

Vladimir Cruz is also very fine as the young and naive David who discovers things through his friendship with Diego he'd never ever thought of: like discovering the beauty of things, of life, of poetry and music... And also being committed to another person, even though this person may seem very 'different' from oneself at first glance.

The development of David's and Diego's friendship is fascinating (I wouldn't interpret anything more into it, not even in the final scene). This is also a "coming of age" tale, in a way: by his friendship with Diego, David begins to think, develops a maturity of spirit - and is also, at last, able to develop a loving and mature relationship with a woman. It is very sweet when he tells Diego: "No-one will hurt her. She is with me."

A true gem of a film. I recommend it to everyone.

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