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      Golden Balls

      Released Sep 24, 1993 1h 32m Drama List
      Reviews 56% Audience Score 250+ Ratings A libidinous construction worker (Javier Bardem) marries a tycoon's daughter (Maria de Medeiros) and begins erecting a skyscraper. Read More Read Less

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      Dragan Antulov rec.arts.movies.reviews Rated: 4/10 Jan 17, 2003 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member Yikes! This movie is only really worth watching to see a cringe-filled portrayal of Spanish ultra-machismo from the early 90's (although I don't know who would want to). The despicable main character has no redeeming qualities and the way he keeps getting his way is very hard to believe. The "steamy scenes" don't make it any more interesting or entertaining. The one part that made it worth it was at the end of the wedding scene when the couple leaves the church, gets in the car amidst flying rice and proceeds to do it in the back seat - while the car remains stationary and the guests keep throwing rice! It felt like something out of a Lonely Island Boys sketch. Skip this one if you happen to find it on VHS at a yard sale like I did. That'll probably be the only way you find it anyway. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Audience Member Es un drama del género conocido como 'soft-porn', una película de Bigas Luna, y de las primeras apariciones de Javier Bardem. Un joven albañil del ejercito obsesionado con el sexo, el poder y las riquezas, quiere triunfar en la vida como constructor y tiene un proyecto para desarrollarlo, pero debido a sus traumas juveniles y a su ambición no dudará en atropellar a cuanta mujer se encuentre en su camino. Su egoísmo. Sueña con construir una torre inmensa en Alicante y para ello se casa con la hija de un acudalado hombre de finanzas. No dudará en aprovecharse de las mujeres, utilizarlas, tratarlas como objeto, tanto para conseguir sus metas, como sexualmente. Huevos de oro presenta una interesante perspectiva de los ochenta según Bigas Luna. con las actuaciones de Benicio del Toro y Maribel Verdú. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Audience Member Bardem's great. Full-on Bigas Luna insanity. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Audience Member The protagonist Benito may make you want to dust off your sleeveless white undershirt(politically correct term) and gold chains, tell the nearest women to get you a beer, or even purchase those truck nuts you've had your eye on. While the film is categorized as a foreign comedy, I found it to be only in the slightly amusing category while admiring the clever writing and character development. In addition to being a dedicated real-estate developer with dreams of building a phallic high-rise to monumentalize his testicular greatness, Benito has worked out the optimal moment when to tell women to shed a few pounds which could be his greatest achievement. Instead of ironically kareokying 'Por el Amor de una Mujer' by Julio Iglesias, the pit-sniffing Benito should have been singing Beastie Boys - "Hey Ladies"(get funky). There are befuddling juxtapositions and humorous dialogue throughout. Javier Bardem gives a terrific performance, but the transitions are a bit rough and the resolution was as unsurprising as it was unsatisfying. This movie made me realize that luckily women are more interested in shoes or there might be giant tacos everywhere. This is likely an acquired taste for those with an appreciation of the bizarre or those who want to revel in their manliness. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Bigas Luna's 1993 film HUEVOS DE ORO (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 a affluent real estate developer on the Mediterranean coast, but then loses all he built up for himself through his own greed, callousness and ineptitude. Benito's lust for money and women is pure hyperbole, but the state he finds himself in by the end of the film awakes considerable sympathy in the viewer. While not an especially great film, I do rate it more highly than other Bigas Luna productions, and though it has been over four years since I last saw it, I still occasionally recall its plot thinking "How sad to end up that way." The American DVD release hypes the presence of Benicio del Toro. This portrayal of a Latino gardener in the United States was one of his first roles, but he is onscreen only for a few minutes at the end. Nonetheless, the foil he provides for Benito is a crucial part of the action. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Audience Member I really liked this movie. Though not a gangster flick, it reminded me a bit of Scarface, showing the rise and fall of Benito's personal and professional life and aspirations. It was very artistically presented and set to a good musical score. It also featured a strong cast of some recognizable Hispanic performers long before they found mainsteam US exposure. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis A libidinous construction worker (Javier Bardem) marries a tycoon's daughter (Maria de Medeiros) and begins erecting a skyscraper.
      Director
      Bigas Luna
      Producer
      Andrés Vicente Gómez
      Production Co
      Filmauro, Lolafilms S.A.
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      Spanish (Spain)
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Sep 24, 1993, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Oct 1, 2016
      Runtime
      1h 32m