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Strawberry and Chocolate (1993)

Fresa y chocolate (original title)
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.

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Tomás Gutiérrez Alea (collaboration) (as T.G. Alea), Senel Paz (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 25 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jorge Perugorría ... Diego
Vladimir Cruz Vladimir Cruz ... David
Mirta Ibarra ... Nancy
Francisco Gattorno ... Miguel
Joel Angelino Joel Angelino ... German
Marilyn Solaya Marilyn Solaya ... Vivian
Andrés Cortina Andrés Cortina ... Santero
Antonio Carmona Antonio Carmona ... Groom
Ricardo Ávila Ricardo Ávila ... Taxi Driver (as Ricardo Avila)
María Elena del Toro María Elena del Toro ... Passenger 1
Zolanda Oña Zolanda Oña ... Passenger 2
Diana Iris del Puerto Diana Iris del Puerto ... Neighbor
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Storyline

Diego, a cultivated, homosexual and skeptical young man, falls in love with a young heterosexual communist full of prejudices and doctrinal ideas. First come rejection and suspicion, but also fascination. Fresa y chocolate is a coming-of-age story, told through the development of a great friendship which overcomes incomprehension and intolerance. Written by <oscar.esteban@p4.virtual.encomix.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brief strong sexuality, and for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Cuba | Mexico | Spain | USA

Language:

Spanish | English | French

Release Date:

20 January 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Strawberry and Chocolate See more »

Filming Locations:

Havana, Cuba

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,080,805
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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Black and White (archive footage: news broadcasts)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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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The blue Cadillac seen at the end of the film was not made until the 1987 model year. See more »

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Referenced in Lista de espera (2000) See more »

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great movie
23 September 2003 | by cyn_duncanSee all my reviews

This movie is about accepting difference and learning to appreciate other points of view and other ways of life. It's not really a movie about gay men - get over that! It's about friendship, and about the love Cubans feel for their country. Jorge Perugorría is absolutely great in this role, as are all of the other characters. The scenes of Havana are beautiful and heartbreaking. This film conveys what it must feel like for Cubans to leave their country, and how difficult that is. It's also about learning to think for yourself and to have opinions and do things that others might not find "politically correct." There's nothing subversive about this movie, and nothing that you need to hide from the kids. In fact, I recommend that people show the film to their teenagers and talk about it, because it sends such a great message about accepting people as they are. It's also tender and funny, and has just the right balance of humor and drama. Nancy (Mirta Ibarra) is wonderful.


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