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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.

Writers:

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 ... 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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Savor the flavor

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Cuba's official submission to the Best Foreign Language Film category for the 67th Academy Awards. As of 2020, it remains the only Cuban film to be nominated for an Oscar. See more »

Goofs

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

Connections

Referenced in The Waiting List (2000) See more »

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straight and gay reach understanding
26 February 2005 | by esh04676See all my reviews

I agree with all the positive things already so well put forth by other reviewers and say that I liked this film a lot. Jorge Perugorria is incredible as the slightly "queenie" gay man. I have seen him in other films where is so different, as a very macho truck driver, for instance. Here he is the art and book lover and appreciator of good food and drink, as well as attractive young men. His "education" of the stern young Cuban Communist (an excellent Vladimir Cruz), a very straight man with intense emotional animosity toward gays, becomes a study in the resolution of human relationships triumphing over social and political obstacles.The comradely embrace of the two men , symbolizing their understanding and acceptance of each other despite superficial differences, was a masterstroke at the end of this fine film.


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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

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,087,569
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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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