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Huevos de oro (1993)

A construction worker uses his charm and bravado in an attempt to attain enough finances to build his dream project.

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Bigas Luna
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Javier Bardem ... Benito González
Maria de Medeiros ... Marta (La mujer, 45 kilos)
Maribel Verdú ... Claudia (La amante, 52 kilos)
Elisa Tovati Elisa Tovati ... Rita (El primer amor, 47 kilos)
Raquel Bianca Raquel Bianca ... Ana (La comehombres, ? kilos)
Alessandro Gassman ... El amigo de Melilla
Benicio Del Toro ... El amigo de Miami (as Benisio Del Toro)
Francesco Maria Dominedò Francesco Maria Dominedò ... El Mosca (as Francesco Mª Dominedo)
Albert Vidal Albert Vidal ... El suegro
Ángel de Andrés López ... Gil - el de los garbanzos
Alicia Moro Alicia Moro ... La hija de Gil
Enric Cusí Enric Cusí ... El hombre de confianza
Francisco Casares Francisco Casares ... El productor (as Paco Casares)
María Martín ... La mujer del productor
Thomas Lusht Thomas Lusht ... El cachas americano
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Storyline

Benito González works construction in Melilla and dreams big - of building the tallest building in Benidorm, a great phallic symbol of power, González Towers. Over several years, we see Benito's rise and fall, much like the construction of his tower. Through force of personality, he puts the financing together, taking advantage of women who love him - Claudia, a model who wants to be a star, and Marta, the US educated daughter of a banker whose loan Benito needs. Can his force of personality - his huevos de oro - compensate for shoddy building materials, no permits, and undercapitalization? Nature may have her own power and surprises in store for Benito. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Release Date:

18 February 1994 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Macho See more »

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ESP 420,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby SR

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Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Second part of Bigas Luna's "Iberian Trilogy" also including Jamón, jamón and La teta y la luna. See more »

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Por el amor de una mujer
Written by Jesús González López and Danny Daniel
Performed by Julio Iglesias
Canciones del Mundo, S.A. (original publisher)
By courtesy of Columbia, BMG Ariola, S.A.
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A tragedy, told in an over-the-top fashion celebrating Iberian food and stereotypes, where one man's hubris leads to his downfall
28 May 2017 | by crculverSee all my reviews

Bigas Luna's 1993 film HUEVOS DE ORO ("Golden Balls/Eggs", a title punning on both the goose that laid the golden eggs and a tough guy's balls of steel) depicts the rise and fall of Benito Gonzalez (Javier Bardem), a young Spanish construction worker who becomes an affluent real estate developer on the Mediterranean coast.

After being jilted by his first girlfriend (Elisa Tovati), who leaves him for his best friend, Benito develops a mania for building the tallest building in Benidorm, which may be seen as little more than an enormous phallic symbol flaunting his manhood. Obsessed with this big construction project, his lust for his next woman, Claudia (Maribel Verdú) takes second place to having her sleep with potential investors to win them over. Benito then marries a banker's daughter, Marta (Maria de Medeiros) to have access to her father's funds. Benito lives a life of sexual excess and enormous consumption of food, especially the Alicante sweet known as torron. Like some of the work of Almodovar, Bigas Luna clearly likes riffing on Spanish stereotypes and regional differences.

Ultimately, however, Benito's hubris leads to his downfall. This protagonist is certainly an odious guy, but -- though I won't spoil the ending -- the depths to which he is ultimately sunk inspire a perverse sympathy in the viewer. Years went by between my first viewing of this film and the second, but in the interim I would often look back on this film's plot and ending scenes, thinking of how sad it was to lose everything and end up that way.

HUEVOS DE ORO isn't an especially deep film, but that dramatic arc, hewing very close to classical notions of tragedy, is impressive and I'd say this film is worth a watch.


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