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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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María Álvarez
Virgina Ariza ...
Juana
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Rodrigo Sánchez Borhorquez ...
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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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How far will she go before she's gone too far? 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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Maria Full of Grace  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

£232,674 (UK) (1 April 2005)
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The scene where Maria and Blanca return the pellets and money to the dealers in the parking lot was the last scene shot during principal photography. Filming was very difficult, because the actors playing the dealers had not rehearsed the scene in over a month and were having trouble getting into character. Threatened by the producers to abandon the scene, Director Joshua Marston eventually achieved what he needed by encouraging the actors to improvise, particularly with their blocking. During the The 77th Annual Academy Awards (2005) ceremony, the scene was played during the reading of Catalina Sandino Moreno's Best Actress nomination. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Juan: [Maria's pregnant] Well, I'll marry you.
María Álvarez: And how long before you start seeing someone else?
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Referenced in The Unbeatable (2009) See more »

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Que Nadie Sepa Mi Sufrir
Written by Angel Cabral/Enrique Dizeo
Performed by Olimpo Cardenas
Courtesy of Orfeon Videovox S.A.
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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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