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Maria Full of Grace (2004)

R | | Crime, Drama | 6 August 2004 (USA)
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 ...
Supervisor (as Rodrigo Sanchez 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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Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$6,517,198 (USA) (5 November 2004)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Catalina Sandino Moreno did not practice swallowing pellets during rehearsals. Since the character of Maria did not know how to swallow them, Moreno and Joshua Marston agreed that it would be more realistic for her to try swallowing them for the first time on-camera. The pellets were made of easily digestible substances but neither Moreno nor Marston will reveal what exactly they were made of. 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 11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2005) See more »


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A beautiful film.
18 August 2004 | by (Calgary, Alberta) – See all my reviews

It upsets me when I see a well-crafted film like this getting mediocre ratings (even if it is a "weighted average" on IMDb). As I write this most people who have voted have given Maria Full of Grace a "7" or higher. I was so engrossed by Maria's story and the acting that went into it that, at times, I felt as if I was watching a documentary. (I also had that feeling watching "City of God"). The Audience Award at Sundance was obviously well deserved. Catalina Sandino Moreno (Maria) gives the type of performance that should make a lot of directors take note. And the story itself makes you to pause to consider the reasons why some people are involved in the drug trade. See this film!

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