Maria Full of Grace (2004)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  6 August 2004 (USA)
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A pregnant Colombian teenager becomes a drug mule to make some desperately needed money for her family.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
María Álvarez
Virgina Ariza ...
Rodrigo Sánchez Borhorquez ...
Charles Albert Patiño ...
Wilson Guerrero ...
Johanna Andrea Mora ...
Diana Álvarez
Fabricio Suarez ...
Mateo Suarez ...
Evangelina Morales ...
Juana Guarderas ...
Female Pharmacist
John Álex Toro ...
Franklin (as Jhon Alex Toro)
Javier (as Jaime Osorio Gomez)
Lucy Díaz
Victor Macias ...
Pellet Maker


In a small village in Colombia, the pregnant seventeen years old Maria supports her family with her salary working in a floriculture. She is fired and with a total lack of perspective of finding a new job, she decides to accept the offer to work as a drug mule, flying to USA with sixty-two pellets of cocaine in her stomach. Once in New York, things do not happen as planned. Written by Stephen Bowen

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How far will she go before she's gone too far? See more »


Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug content and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 August 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Maria Full of Grace  »

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Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$139,066 (USA) (16 July 2004)


£232,674 (UK) (1 April 2005)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Catalina Sandino Moreno prepared for her role by working in a Colombian flower plantation for two weeks cutting roses. She did not meet with real drug mules because she wanted to appear to be as clueless to the process and the consequences as Maria was. See more »


After Maria gives Don Fernando the money for Lucy's family, she takes her wallet out twice. See more »


Juan: [Maria's pregnant] Well, I'll marry you.
María Álvarez: And how long before you start seeing someone else?
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Featured in The 77th Annual Academy Awards (2005) See more »


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Stirring & Provocative
8 December 2004 | by (Seoul, Republic of Korea) – See all my reviews

Maria Full of Grace is one of the better films of 2004: well acted, well written, and very unique in its' story. From the beginning to the end Joshua Marston chooses to present the story in a way that has us relating and sympathizing with Maria in her plight to find her place in the sun.

A very real topic with very real portrayal and acting, this is definitely one of the better films to come out. It presents its story at a quick pace and leaves you wanting more.

Overall, I enjoyed the film and recommend it to anyone in general, being a great triumph in film-making. I hope to see more films from Joshua Marston in the future.

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