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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

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

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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Basada en 1000 historias reales. (Based on 1,000 true stories) See more »

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Crime | Drama

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

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6 August 2004 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

£232,674 (UK) (1 April 2005)
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

María Álvarez: What about our money?
Felipe: What about it? You two ran off with the merchandise!
María Álvarez: You have the pellets back!
Felipe: Exactly, we have them back and we don't need you anymore. You're not worth a fuck now.
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Lo Que Venga Despues
Written and Performed by Julieta Venegas
Produced by Paco Huidobro, Julieta Venegas, Leonardo Heiblum and Jacobo Lieberman
Courtesy of BMG Entertainment Mexico S.A. de C.V.
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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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