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Golden Balls [1994] [DVD]

Javier Bardem , Maria de Medeiros , Bigas Luna    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Javier Bardem, Maria de Medeiros, Maribel Verdú, Elisa Tovati, Raquel Bianca
  • Directors: Bigas Luna
  • Writers: Bigas Luna, Cuca Canals
  • Producers: Andrés Vicente Gómez, Aurelio De Laurentiis, Manuel Lombardero, Pepo Sol, Stéphane Marsil
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Tartan
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Dec 2000
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005421W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,926 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A parody of ambition and success from Bigas Lunas, the director of 'Jamon Jamon' and 'The Tit and the Moon'. Benito Gonzales (Javier Bardem) is a man who's main aim in life is to erect the tallest building in the town. He has no money but has plenty of charm and self-confidence and manages to get virtually everything he wants. However, when his two girlfriends wise up to the way he has been using them, things start to go wrong for the goldenballed charmer and he encounters problems both in the bedroom and on the building site - problems which begin to assume an uncanny resemblance to each other.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: Spanish ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Filmographies, Interactive Menu, Production Notes, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: In this erotic drama, the oversexed hunk Benito Javier Bardem) spends a good portion of his military service in north Africa dreaming of sex, money and power - but mostly sex. He can barely keep himself in control, and is constantly grabbing his crotch. Somehow, when he is released from the service, he marries the daughter (Maria de Medeiros) of a real moneybags, and he uses some of those resources to build a gigantic skyscraper in the form of a phallus. After a car crash leaves him partially paralyzed and very despondent, his ill-used wife kicks him out and he moves to Miami, where he picks up a woman who (in a reversal of roles) loves 'em and leaves 'em. For some reason, this circumstance cuts our previously almost irrepressibly priapic hero to the heart, and he sobbingly realizes the extent of his losses.
SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Cinema Writers Circle Awards, Spain, Goya Awards, San Sebastian International Film Festival, ...Golden Balls ( Huevos de oro )

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Jamon Jamon, it ain't..... 23 Mar 2008
By Peaches
Format:DVD
Although a follow up to it, Golden Balls is not really in the same league as Jamon Jamon. Nor is it a sequel of that film, more a sequel of the depiction of the Gonzalez character, and a continuation of Bigas' derisive look at Spanish machismo, and how ultimately it brings unhappiness and destroys lives. There are moments of humour, but this is a much more serious and darker film.

Benito Gonzalez (Bardem) wants to construct the biggest building in Spain. The building of his dreams goes up, much like his erections, and crumbles, much like his own rise and fall. On his route to the top, he thinks nothing of those he uses to get there and the wanton destruction he causes.

Bigas Luna is to Spain what Tinto Brass is to Italy and Russ Meyer is to America. This film features flying eggs, a Dali inspired scene of a woman's genitalia swarming with insects, Bardem doing karaoke to Julio Iglesias, and lots of hot, sultry sex.

I think it's worth seeing, but Jamon Jamon is a much better film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny in places. 9 Jan 2010
Format:DVD
We found 'Golden Balls' educational rather than entertaining, cautionary rather than exciting and excitement was our intention when we bought the item. Still, you often get more than you bargain for and I am sure we will feel the benefit in years to come.
Would a gay man enjoy this film? Maybe partially, but the themes are not light-hearted. One for the serious film enthusiasts, I suggest.
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2.0 out of 5 stars "More kitsch than a kitchen full of Tupperware" 23 April 2012
By Tim Kidner TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
So, announces the DVD. But, this was a disappointing film. Not particularly bad but definitely not that good. Rather more crude and MTV video-like than the more subtle and masterful Jamon Jamon.

None of the characters are likeable, the lovely Penelope Cruz of Bigas Luna's first film replaced by vacuous supermodels (in comparison, maybe they are great actresses) and it all reads like a tawdry and cheap paperback that you'd pick up at motorway service station.

Which, maybe is how Luna wanted it. Maybe he really is that repelled by the capitalist, noveau-riche alpha male who believes his 'balls' not only rule his life but everybody else's, too. I know I am, and most people would be, too. Asked why Javier Bardem's lead character is sporting two gold Rolex's, he announces back "I have two balls, so I have two Rolex's".

Artistically there is little merit to this film, but it is about overblown, over-macho stereotypes and how they think they can walk over everybody. There are nods to Dali (the nude with ants over her pubic region is an extreme example) and there are more phallic insinuations in Goldenballs than any other film I know of. From Gonzalez (Bardem) Towers, intended to be the tallest tower on the Med, in which Luna loosely stretches a fabric of some kind of story around, with his dodgy dealings and cost-cutting.

Like, possibly his Tower, Gonzalez, and his potent sexual erections, does come a cropper, which is of some redemption, admittedly, but not enough to save the film. There's an early role for Benecio del Torro as the Miami-set gardener who happens to do more than service the sprinkler....

What finally made me only award two stars was the poor DVD quality. It's of video standard, plain and simple.

I bought Goldenballs as I wanted the three films in Luna's 'Iberian passion' trilogy, of which it is the middle. I'm seriously hoping that the final part, 'The Tit and the Moon' is an improvement.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best films ever made 7 Dec 2011
Format:DVD
I don't understand folks who don't seem to get this film - this is one of the best movies of the 90s by far and always in my top 20 films of all time... I come back to this film time and time again. Bigas Luna is a hugely under-admired director, I wish he had made more films in the vein of Huevos and Jamon, they are both such special Spanish films. He captures such a unique time not only in Spanish history but in history in genreal. The greed of the 80s and 90s, the upward surge built on thin air. Beautifully rendered in these two films. Huevos is a miracle film. Ignore all then other negative reviews, they have no soul!
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