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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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These pellets contain heroin. Each weighs 10 grams. Each is 4.2 cm long and 1.4 cm wide. And they're on their way to New York in the stomach of a 17-year-old girl. 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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$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


£232,674 (UK) (1 April 2005)

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27 August 2004 | by (new york) – See all my reviews

Horrowing like nothing I've seen in a while.What a great movie, it was so disturbing at times I could'nt sleep. Reading Ralph Michael Stein comments I realize how differently people's take on the central character of Maria can be, to me she and people like her are not the criminals in this sad story but definitely the exploited. If it were'nt for drug users in wealthy countries like ours, who considered "partying" a fun harmless escape, girls like Maria would never even have the opportunity of risking their lives in such a miserable way. It's definitely put guilt and thought towards those times I might have indulged in irrisponsible behavior in the past, so taking that into consideration, the film's done it's job.

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