Like Water for Chocolate


2h 24m 1992

Brief Synopsis

Story of forbidden love that takes place on a ranch in Mexico near the Texas border in 1910, during the Mexican Revolution. Pedro wishes to marry Tita, the youngest of three daughters of a willful widow on a remote ranch, but tradition dictates that the youngest daughter can never marry--she must co

Film Details

Also Known As
Como Agua Para Chocolate
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1992
Distribution Company
MIRAMAX
Location
Mexico City, Mexico; Ciudad Acuna, Mexico; Piedras Negras, Mexico

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 24m

Synopsis

Story of forbidden love that takes place on a ranch in Mexico near the Texas border in 1910, during the Mexican Revolution. Pedro wishes to marry Tita, the youngest of three daughters of a willful widow on a remote ranch, but tradition dictates that the youngest daughter can never marry--she must cook and care for her mother. To remain near his true love, Pedro marries Tita's oldest sister, and Tita establishes a highly unusual sensual relationship with Pedro through the food she prepares for him.

Crew

Victor Orozco Cruz Abeyro

Thanks

Alfredo Amezcua Alcaraz

Thanks

Alfonso Arau

Producer

Carlos Arau

Production Assistant

Emilia Arau

Production Manager

Emilia Arau

Associate Producer

Marco Antonio Arteaga

Art Director

Luis Miguel Auza

Thanks

Leticia Avalos

Other

Juan Carlos Arnau Avila

Thanks

Jenny Ayala

Production Coordinator

Alejandro Baez

Other

Victor Balderas

Wardrobe Assistant

Gabriela Barraza

Assistant

Eduardo Barrientos

Production Coordinator

Claudia Becker

Advisor

Juan Manuel Belmont

Sound Mixer

Steven Bernstein

Director Of Photography

Eliseo Mendoza Berrueto

Thanks

Carlos Bolado

Editor

Ignacio Borja

Graphic Designer

Federico Brizuela

Production

Leo Brower

Music

Carlos Brown

Wardrobe

Wilebaldo Bucio

Stunts

Agustin Calderon

Other

Jaime Cardenas

Other

Eduardo Castaneda

Special Effects Assistant

Oscar Castillo

Production Manager

Angeles Castro

Other

Juan Castro

Sound

Gonzalo Ceja

Set Designer

Jorge Cer Vera

Thanks

Penelope Cer Vera

Thanks

Pablo Chavez

Production Manager

Alejandro Chilpa

Production Assistant

Francisco Chiu

Editor

Francisco Chiu

Production Assistant

Pedro Joaquin Coldwell

Thanks

Claudia Cordova

Thanks

Terry Cowen

Other

Armando Cruz

Animal Trainer

Alfonso De Lara Haro

Thanks

Mauricio Deaguinaco

Art Director

Farnesio Debernal

Choreographer

Enrique Del Van Blanco

Thanks

Sergio Del Villar

Medic

Adriane Deleon

Hair Assistant

Manuel Delgado

Animal Services

Humberto Dominguez

Production Assistant

Jesus Dominguez

Propman

Sandra Escobedo

Hair Assistant

Leticia Espinosa

Other

Sergio Espinoza

Makeup Artist

Laura Esquivel

Editor

Laura Esquivel

Screenplay

Laura Esquivel

Source Material (From Novel)

Lucero Esquivias

Hair Stylist

Carlos Falomir

Special Effects Assistant

Raul Falomir

Special Effects Coordinator

Felipe Fernandez Del Paso

Assistant

Jesus Flores

Carpenter

Pedro Raul Flores

Tailor

Carlos Gallardo

Production Assistant

Benjamin Gamino

Carpenter

Jorge Garcia

Production Assistant

Julieta Garcia

Accounting Assistant

Maria Ines Garibay

Wardrobe Assistant

Gonzalo Gavira

Foley

Samanta Gomez

Graphic Designer

Sergio Gonzalez

Caterer

Alfonso Granados

Location Manager

Oscar Guarin

Assistant

Porfirio Guillen

Other

Carlos Guisa

Propman

Enrique Gutierrez

Photography

Pablo Herrero

Camera Assistant

Manuel Hinojosa

Assistant

Francisco Icaza

Animal Trainer

Igor Jadue-lillo

Other

Alejandra Jimenez

Caterer

Maureen Jimenez

Assistant

Felipe Valdez Leal

Song

Marco Julio Linares

Thanks

Pedro Lira

Other

Victor Lira

Accounting Assistant

Ignacio Duran Loera

Thanks

Apolinar Lopez

Caterer

Aurelio Lopez

Post-Production Sound

Aurelio Lopez

Production Assistant

Ismael Orozco Loreto

Thanks

Antonio Lozano

Thanks

Emmanuel Lubezki

Director Of Photography

Oscar Lugo

Technical Operations Manager

Stephen Lytle

Advisor

Susana Mailen

Other

William Markle

Sound Engineer

Elias Martel

Sound Mixer

Enoc Martinez

Sound Mixer

Mauricio Martinez

Stunts

Emilio Mendoza

Set Designer

Esteban Mendoza

Caterer

Ricardo Mendoza

Set Designer

Ricardo Morales

Propman

Marta Garate Munoz

Thanks

Roz Naylor

Other

Victor Flores Olea

Thanks

Israel Orozco

Camera Assistant

Norma Rodriguez Orozco

Thanks

Andres Ortega

Production Assistant

Hector Ortega

Camera

Jose L Ortega

Production

Arturo Ortiz

Production

Alfonso Esparza Oteo

Song

Jose Alfonso Palacios

Song

Maribel Perez

Other

Laura Pesce

Continuity

Denise Pizzini Robinson

Art Director

Manuel M Ponce

Song

Annette Pradera

Music

Juan C Prieto

Sound Engineer

Fernando Villarreal Puga

Thanks

Jorge Ramirez

Assistant

Alejandro Pelayo Rangel

Thanks

Pedro Reyes

Assistant

Claudio Rocha

Camera

Francisco Rodriguez

Other

Humberto Soto Rodriguez

Thanks

Javier Lambert Rodriguez

Stunt Coordinator

Gabriel Romo

Music Producer

Jose Luiz Ruiz

Production Assistant

Manuel Sainz

Other

Moises Salazar

Production

Yossy Salazar

Other

Ricardo Saldivar

Sound Mixer

Carlos Salgado

Sound

Aurora Sanchez

Hair Stylist

Mariana Sanchez De Antunano

Assistant

Rafael Santamaria

Production Assistant

Alejandro Santillan

Carpenter

Eric Sanudo

Production Assistant

Gerardo Segura

Assistant

Arturo Saavedra Sola

Thanks

Pedro Somohano

Generator Operator

Santa Sorola

Other

Eduardo Soto

Production Assistant

Silvana Suanetti

Production Assistant

Pierre Tatarka

Production Assistant

Julian Tejeda

Makeup

Richard Tolentino

Song

Margarita Torres

Other

Moises Trujillo

Sound Mixer

Belinda Uriegas

Production Manager

Francisco Espejel Vargas

Thanks

Walter Vargas

Production Assistant

Rene Vazquez

Song

Isabel Mascorro Velarde

Thanks

Arturo Velazquez

Camera Assistant

Robert Villafuerte

Makeup Artist

Robert Warmflash

Post-Production Coordinator

Marcos Welch

Sound Engineer

Liza Willer

Sound Dubbing

Quirino Mendoza Y Cortez

Song

Victor Hugo Zagal

Other

Felipe Zavala

Other

Film Details

Also Known As
Como Agua Para Chocolate
MPAA Rating
Release Date
1992
Distribution Company
MIRAMAX
Location
Mexico City, Mexico; Ciudad Acuna, Mexico; Piedras Negras, Mexico

Technical Specs

Duration
2h 24m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Nominated by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for a Golden Globe (1992) award for best foreign film.

Nominated for a 1993 Spirit Award by the Independent Feature Project/West for best foreign film.

The Country of Mexico

Winner of ten Ariel awards from the Mexican film industry, including best picture.

Expanded Release in United States March 12, 1993

Released in United States 1992

Released in United States April 1992

Released in United States August 1996

Released in United States February 26, 1993

Released in United States January 1993

Released in United States October 1992

Released in United States on Video August 24, 1994

Released in United States September 1992

Released in United States Winter February 17, 1993

Re-released in United States April 22, 1994

Shown at Chicago International Film Festival October 9-25, 1992.

Shown at Palm Springs International Film Festival January 7-17, 1993.

Shown at Tokyo International Film Festival (in competition) September 25 - October 4, 1992.

Shown at Toronto Festival of Festivals September 10-19, 1992.

Shown at VIII Festival de Cine Mexicano in Guadalajara April 1992.

Based upon Laura Esquivel's best-selling novel of the same name, published in the USA by Doubleday October 1992.

Began shooting February 18, 1991.

Completed shooting May 10, 1991.

Released in United States 1992 (Shown at Tokyo International Film Festival (in competition) September 25 - October 4, 1992.)

Released in United States January 1993 (Shown at Palm Springs International Film Festival January 7-17, 1993.)

Released in United States January 1993 (Shown at Sundance Film Festival (The Pan American Highway Revisted) January 21-31, 1993.)

Released in United States Winter February 17, 1993

Released in United States February 26, 1993 (Los Angeles)

Expanded Release in United States March 12, 1993

Released in United States April 1992 (Shown at VIII Festival de Cine Mexicano in Guadalajara April 1992.)

Re-released in United States April 22, 1994

Released in United States August 1996 (Shown in Los Angeles (American Cinematheque) as part of program "A Tribute to Alfonso Arau In-Person" August 2-16, 1996.)

Released in United States on Video August 24, 1994

Released in United States September 1992 (Shown at Toronto Festival of Festivals September 10-19, 1992.)

Released in United States October 1992 (Shown at Chicago International Film Festival October 9-25, 1992.)