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6 August 2004 (USA) See more »
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How far will she go before she's gone too far? See more »
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A pregnant Colombian teenager becomes a drug mule to make some desperately needed money for her family. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 43 wins & 29 nominations See more »
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A riveting human odyssey that transcends simplistic messages See more (174 total) »

Cast

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Catalina Sandino Moreno ... María Álvarez
Virgina Ariza ... Juana

Yenny Paola Vega ... Blanca
Rodrigo Sánchez Borhorquez ... Supervisor (as Rodrigo Sanchez Borhorquez)
Charles Albert Patiño ... Felipe
Wilson Guerrero ... Juan
Johanna Andrea Mora ... Diana Álvarez
Fabricio Suarez ... Pacho
Mateo Suarez ... Pacho
Evangelina Morales ... Rosita
Juana Guarderas ... Female Pharmacist
John Álex Toro ... Franklin (as Jhon Alex Toro)

Jaime Osorio Gómez ... Javier (as Jaime Osorio Gomez)

Guilied Lopez ... Lucy Díaz
Victor Macias ... Pellet Maker
Hugo Ferro ... Pharmacist
Ana Maria Acosta ... Stewardess
Ada Vergara De Solano ... Carolina
Maria Consuelo Perez ... Constanza

Ed Trucco ... Customs Inspector

Selenis Leyva ... Customs Inspector

Juan Porras Hincapie ... Wilson

Oscar Bejarano ... Carlos
Singkhan Bandit ... Gas Station Attendant

Patrick Rameau ... Taxi Driver
Fernando Velasquez ... Pablo Aristizábal

Patricia Rae ... Carla

Orlando Tobón ... Don Fernando (as Orlando Tobon)

Monique Gabriela Curnen ... Receptionist
Lourdes Martin ... Doctor
Bobby Plasencia ... Enrique (as Osvaldo Plasencia)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Thomas Daniel ... Tourist (JFK)
Lauren Bonett ... Airport PA Announcer (voice) (uncredited)

Mark Vincent ... Soccer player (uncredited)

Directed by
Joshua Marston 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Joshua Marston (written by)

Produced by
Becky Glupczynski .... line producer
Rodrigo Guerrero .... associate producer
Gigia Jaramillo .... line producer: Ecuador unit
Paul Mezey .... producer
Jaime Osorio Gómez .... co-producer
Orlando Tobón .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Leonardo Heiblum 
Jacobo Lieberman 
 
Cinematography by
Jim Denault 
 
Film Editing by
Anne McCabe 
Lee Percy 
 
Casting by
Ellyn Long Marshall 
Maria E. Nelson 
Maria Eugenia Salazar 
Jorge Valencia 
 
Production Design by
Debbie DeVilla 
Mónica Marulanda  (as Monica Marulanda)
 
Art Direction by
Yann Blanc 
 
Set Decoration by
Carrie Stewart 
 
Costume Design by
Sarah Beers 
Lauren Press 
 
Makeup Department
Lucy Da Silva .... assistant hair stylist: Colombia/Ecuador
Lucy Da Silva .... assistant makeup artist: Colombia/Ecuador
Renee Didio .... key makeup artist: New York
Donna Marie Fischetto .... hair stylist
Dallas Hartnett .... key hair stylist: New York
Evelyne Noraz .... additional key makeup artist
Flore Marina Sandoval .... hair stylist: Colombia/Ecuador
Flore Marina Sandoval .... key makeup artist: Colombia/Ecuador
 
Production Management
Pocho Alvarez .... production manager: Colombia/Ecuador unit
Guiselle Jaramillo .... line production manager
Scott Michael Nabat .... post-production supervisor
Jeremy Kipp Walker .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jeffrey A. Brown .... second second assistant director: New York (as Jeff Brown)
Mariela Comitini .... second assistant director: New York
Diego Falconi .... second assistant director: Colombia/Ecuador
Carrie Fix .... first assistant director
Tania Hermida .... second second assistant director: Colombia/Ecuador
 
Art Department
Sarah Berney .... charge/camera scenic artist
Raul V. Carrera .... assistant art director: Colombia/Ecuador unit (as Paul Carrera)
Jorge Jaramillo .... props assistant: Colombia/Ecuador unit
Thomas La Vecchia .... on-set dresser
Cliff Lane .... property master
Thomas Lee .... art department coordinator
Richard Liebgold .... set dresser
David Murray .... art department assistant: New York unit
Sebastian Naranjo .... on-set dresser
Juan Olmo .... property master
Jorge Paredes .... construction supervisor
Dave Reardon .... lead man
Enrique Vasconez .... assistant props
Danielle Webb .... set dresser: New York unit
Michal Zilbersheid .... art department intern
 
Sound Department
Rick Ash .... re-recording mixer
David Boulton .... adr recordist
Arsenio Cadena .... boom operator: Colombia/Ecuador unit
Marko A. Costanzo .... foley artist
Ricardo Escallón .... adr engineer: Bogotá
Chris Fielder .... assistant sound editor
Alejandro Garcia .... sound recordist: ambience
John Gutierrez .... boom operator
Ruth Hernandez .... adr editor
Bobby Johanson .... adr recordist
Frank Kern .... supervising foley editor
Toussaint Kotright .... boom operator
Matias Krieger .... adr assistant: Colombia
George A. Lara .... foley artist
Jeff Pullman .... stand-by sound mixer
Andres Sanchez .... sound recordist: ambience
Unsun Song .... additional sound
Unsun Song .... sound re-recordist
Reilly Steele .... re-recording mixer
Philip Stockton .... supervising sound editor
Patrick Stoltz .... additional sound (as Pat Stoltz)
Steven Visscher .... foley editor
Drew Webster .... re-recording mixer
Alex Wolfe .... sound mixer
James Wright .... sound consultant: Dolby (as Jim Wright)
Allan Zaleski .... sound effects editor
David Warzynski .... foley librarian (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
John von Bergen .... special effects props
 
Visual Effects by
Heather L. Anderson .... supervisor: iO Film
Christopher Dusendschon .... digital imaging
Adam Hawkey .... lead compositor: iOFilm (as Adam S. Hawkey)
Julie Landholt .... title graphics (as J. Kathryn Landholt)
 
Stunts
Elliot Santiago .... stunt coordinator
Manny Siverio .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tony Arnaud .... grip
Pablo Berti .... second assistant camera
Matt Blades .... key grip
Hugo Bonilla .... generator operator
Ethan Borsuk .... second assistant camera: New York
Luis Chalacán .... electrician: Ecuador
Hobardo Chicangana .... grip: Ecuador
Cristobal Corral .... still photographer
Rodrigo Cueva .... key grip: Ecuador
Chris Drechsler .... electrician
George Elias .... grip
David Elwell .... rigging gaffer: Ecuador
Stephen Girouard .... best boy grip (as Steve Girouard)
Michael N. Green .... best boy electric
Rodrigo Guerrero .... cinematographer: Colombia
Rodrigo Guerrero .... photographer: second unit
Tom Hamilton .... electrician (as Thomas Hamilton)
Milly Itzhak .... first assistant camera: New York
Scott Miller .... gaffer
Miguel Molina .... best boy electric: Colombia/Ecuador unit
Ana María Ormaza .... second assistant camera
Jimy Pazmiño .... grip: Ecuador (as Jimmy Pazmiño)
Larry Riley .... still photographer
Juan Carlos Rios .... assistant camera
Darren Ryan .... 24 frame video operator
Ricardo Sarmiento .... first assistant camera: Ecuador
Jay Silver .... camera operator
Nicolai Soria .... best boy grip: Ecuador
Joia Speciale .... additional cinematographer
Joia Speciale .... photographer: second unit
Richard Suffern .... grip
Joshua Van Praag .... electrician
 
Casting Department
Diana Camargo .... casting: Colombia
Mónica Cardona .... casting: Colombia (as Monica Cardona)
Marcela Castaño .... casting associate
Myra Cotto .... casting intern
Sig De Miguel .... additional casting: New York
Mabel Escobar .... casting associate
Juan Pablo Felix .... casting: Colombia
Tania Hermida .... extras casting: Colombia/Ecuador unit
Meredith Jacobson .... extras casting (as Meredith Jacobson Marciano)
Alexandra Posada .... casting associate
Liliana Rincon .... casting: Colombia
Maria Eugenia Salazar .... casting: Colombia
Mauricio Samaniego .... casting: Ecuador
Luis Sanchez-Cañete .... casting associate
Felipe Solarte .... casting: Colombia
Karen Torres .... casting assistant
Jorge Valencia .... casting: Colombia
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jeremy Capilla .... wardrobe assistant: Ecuador
Mildred Del Rio .... wardrobe supervisor
Luana Holloway .... wardrobe intern
Ana Salazar .... wardrobe supervisor: Colombia/Ecuador unit
 
Editorial Department
Andrew Buckland .... assistant editor (as Drew Buckland)
Joe Finley .... digital colorist
Luis Ortiz Guillen .... assistant editor
Adam Hawkey .... film colorist (as Adam S. Hawkey)
Chris Regan .... color timer
 
Location Management
Roberto Aguirre .... location manager: Ecuador
Andrés Baiz .... location scout: New York
Michael Dudek .... location assistant: New York
Ronnie Kupferwasser .... location manager: New York
Jennifer Quesenbery .... assistant location manager
Cesar Quinones .... location scout
David Velasco .... location scout
Trish Gray .... location consultant (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Milton Anaguano .... musician: saxophone: Live performance by azuquito
Richard Anton .... musician: piano: Live performance by azuquito
Azuquito .... live performance
P.J. Bloom .... music consultant
Aarón Cruz .... musician: bass (as Aaron Cruz)
Celso Duarte .... musician: viola
Celso Duarte .... musician: violin
Rodrigo Duarte .... musician: cello solos
Lynn Fainchtein .... music supervisor
James Flatto .... music editor
Romulo Gallegos .... musician: trombone: Live performance by azuquito
Franklin Paul Ganchala .... musician: trumpet: Live performance by azuquito
Leonardo Heiblum .... editor: musical score
Leonardo Heiblum .... programming
Leonardo Heiblum .... score producer
Jacobo Lieberman .... musician: guitars
Jacobo Lieberman .... score producer
Ruben Luzuriaga .... musician: congos & bongos: Live performance by azuquito (as Ruben Luzuriaga [Bongoe])
Jorge Mina .... musician: bass: Live performance by azuquito
Lenin Palacios .... music director: Live performance by azuquito
Lenin Palacios .... musician: trumpet: Live performance by azuquito
Lindberg Valencia .... musician: drums: Live performance by azuquito
 
Transportation Department
Juan Alarcon .... driver: Colombia/Ecuador unit
Fabian Auz .... driver: Colombia/Ecuador unit
Jim Buckman .... transportation captain
Walter Chomow .... driver: New York unit
Mauricio Garcia .... transportation captain
Gary Mahr .... driver: New York unit
Daniel Palmer .... driver: New York unit (as Danny Palmer)
John Palumbo .... driver: New York unit
Cristian Paz .... motorcycle coordinator: Colombia/Ecuador unit
Marco Proaño .... driver: Colombia/Ecuador unit
 
Other crew
Pedro Adorno .... customs consultant: U.S. (as Inspector Pedro Adorno)
Calvin Alden .... production assistant
Maria del Carmen Arellano .... production assistant: Colombia/Ecuador unit
Carolina Bejarano .... production assistant: Colombia/Ecuador unit
Hernan Bonilla .... climbing supervisor: Colombia/Ecuador unit
Nicole Brown .... production coordinator: New York
Georgina Cabrera .... additional crew
Andrea F. Cannistraci .... production legal
Monica Cardona .... office production assistant: Colombia
Gustavo Chiriboga .... production assistant: Ecuador
Martha Collantes .... accounting supervisor
Patricia Coronel .... office coordinator: Colombia/Ecuador unit
Jean-Christophe Couet .... office production assistant: New York
Stephen Delpino .... chef: New York unit (as Steve Delpino)
Michael Dudek .... production assistant
Daniel Elefante .... set production assistant: New York (as Dan Elefante)
John B. Finn .... post-production accountant
Jared Graf .... production intern: New York unit
Andres Guijarro .... security supervisor: Colombia/Ecuador unit (as Major Andres Guijarro)
Shawn Hamilton .... production accountant
Mariana Hellmund .... script supervisor
Peter Hutchison .... production accountant
Rosa Jiménez .... set production assistant: New York unit
Alfonso Jurado .... set medic: Colombia/Ecuador unit (as Dr. Alfonso Jurado)
Christopher Lagdamen .... production assistant
Julie Landholt .... graphic artist: titles (as J. Kathryn Landholt)
Ivan Marquez .... production assistant: Colombia/Ecuador unit
Cristina Ramiro Monroy .... set production assistant
Julio Moreno .... production associate: New York
Fernando Muñoz .... production auditor
Adi Nachman .... office production assistant: New York
Alison Norod .... set production assistant: New York
Ginny Nugent .... production executive
Juan Carlos Pantoja .... production assistant: Colombia/Ecuador unit (as Juan Carlos Pantoja [Yoyo])
Diego Peñafiel .... production assistant: Colombia/Ecuador unit (as Diego Peñafiel [Kataboom])
David Ray .... office production assistant: New York
Davin Reich .... key production assistant: New York
Ben Schaeffer .... production intern: New York unit
Alexander Urrea .... office production assistant: Colombia
Galo Molina Yepez .... customs coordinator: Colombia/Ecuador unit
Daniel Villagomez .... credits administrator (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Ivan Acevedo .... thanks
Cristobal Aguas Narvaez .... thanks (as General de Fuerzas Militares Cristobal Aguas Narvaez)
Jorge Alarcon .... thanks: Chibcha Restaurant
María Eudoxia Arango .... thanks (as Maria Eudoxia Arango)
Tyler Brodie .... thanks: Plantain Films
Monica Lucia Buenahora .... thanks
George Burns .... thanks (as Inspector George Burns)
Paco Castellanos .... thanks (as Ing. Paco Castellanos)
Angela Cocaro .... thanks
Mauricio Cocaro .... thanks
Alex Cohen .... thanks
Francisco Corral .... thanks (as Dr. Francisco Corral)
Hernan Cortez .... thanks (as Col. Hernan Cortez)
Edgar Crespo .... thanks (as Ing. Edgar Crespo)
Rene Crespo .... thanks (as Ing. Rene Crespo)
Graciela de Sanchez .... thanks
Federico Durán .... thanks (as Federico Duran Amorocho)
Ivan Eguez .... thanks
Eduardo Esparza .... thanks (as Col. Eduardo Esparza)
Martha Fritz .... thanks
Israel Galatino .... thanks (as Inspector Israel Galatino)
Francesca Galesi .... thanks
Jesus Galvis .... thanks
Yasmin Galvis .... thanks
Darwin Garcia .... thanks
Alejandro Gomez Caceres .... thanks
Hunter Gray .... thanks: Plantain Films
Dave Grove .... thanks
Bill Hale .... thanks
Lawrence Horwitz .... thanks
Tony Iaccarino .... thanks
Andres Ibañez .... thanks
Julie Jakolat .... thanks
Hardwick Johnson .... thanks
Becky Johnston .... thanks
Glenn Jordan .... thanks (as Glenn Jordan [Mez])
Fabio Larocka .... thanks: Rock Clandestino Magazine
Leonardo Laso .... thanks
Dean Lyras .... thanks
Al Marston .... thanks
Karen Marston .... thanks
Marlene Marston .... thanks
Federico Martinez .... thanks
Pierre Massa .... thanks
Jose Mejia .... thanks: Natives Restaurant
Anne Mezey .... thanks
Claudia Mezey .... thanks
Esteban Mezey .... thanks
Meera Nair .... thanks
Donna Oliver-Walker .... thanks
Khan Parvez .... thanks: Ez Gas
Adrienne Pastos .... thanks: Barbizon Electric
Nino Peña .... thanks
Flavio Peñafiel .... thanks (as Col. Flavio Peñafiel)
Janet Rapaport .... thanks
Oronzo Regina .... thanks
Julio Rivas .... thanks
Gabrielle Russomagno .... thanks
Marta Sanchez .... thanks
Michelle Satter .... thanks
Martha Savelio .... thanks
Alissa Shank .... thanks
Surinder Singh .... thanks: Ez Gas
Adriana Tangarife .... thanks
Paola Toapanta .... thanks
Albert Torres .... thanks: ATM Realty
Juan Gabriel Turbay .... thanks
Walter Turbay .... thanks
Leonardo Usma .... thanks
Valery Vaca .... thanks
Didier Van den Hove .... thanks
Flor Vargas .... thanks
Ricardo Veintimilla .... thanks
Beverly Wood .... thanks
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Rated R for drug content and language
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101 min
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Chile:14 | Finland:K-11 | France:Tous publics | Germany:12 | Iceland:14 | Iceland:16 (video rating) | Ireland:15A | Mexico:B15 | Netherlands:12 | Norway:11 | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:NC-16 | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Zurich) | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #40648)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Although the first part of the film is set in Colombia, it was actually filmed in Ecuador.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: After Maria gives Don Fernando the money for Lucy's family, she takes her wallet out twice.See more »
Quotes:
María Álvarez:I think I'm pregnant
Juan:You want to get married?
María Álvarez:Do you love me?
Juan:[annoyed] Don't start on that.
María Álvarez:[mad] You're going to marry someone you don't love?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Ayan (2009)See more »
Soundtrack:
La PiraguaSee more »

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93 out of 121 people found the following review useful.
A riveting human odyssey that transcends simplistic messages, 9 August 2004
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

In Joshua Marston's small budget film Maria Full of Grace, a headstrong Colombian girl of seventeen (Catalina Sandino Moreno), determined to escape from a country where the average annual income is about $1700 US, seizes an opportunity to earn $5000 by ingesting and transporting illegal drugs to New York at considerable risk to herself and her unborn child. Inspired by a woman in his Brooklyn neighborhood who told him her story of swallowing capsules of heroin and boarding a plane for the United States, first-time director Marston has escaped the clichés of social realist films to offer a riveting human odyssey that transcends simplistic messages of good and evil. Shot in documentary style with a hand-held camera in Ecuador and New York, the film's authenticity is greatly enhanced by its use of Colombian actors speaking in their native Spanish language.

Maria Alvarez along with her best friend Blanca (Yenny Paola Vega), works at a job stripping thorns from roses in a village near Bogota, Colombia. Despite low wages and deplorable working conditions, her pay provides support for her grandmother, mother, sister, and infant nephew to sustain their meager household. After she has words with her boss, she quits her job and soon discovers she is pregnant by a local boy Juan (Wilson Guerrero) whom she does not love and refuses to marry. Feeling trapped, she quickly accepts when Franklin (Jhon Alex Toro), a friend she recently met at a dance, offers her a huge sum of money to smuggle drugs into the U.S. The trick is that she must swallow up to 100 heroin pellets sealed with latex and dental floss, knowing that certain death follows if one of them bursts.

The lovely Ms. Moreno, in an Oscar-worthy debut performance, is no cardboard character but a fully developed human being who epitomizes the desperation of people who are willing to do almost anything to better their life. The tension is almost unbearable as we follow Maria's odyssey into danger. She soon meets drug kingpin Javier (Jaime Osorio Gomez), who explains the operation, and in secret, talks with Lucy (Guilied Lopez), who shares her experience in carrying drugs to America and allows her to practice by swallowing large grapes.

After barely escaping the probing of U.S. Customs Officers in New York, things begin to go wrong and Maria and Blanca must rely on their tremendous resolve to survive in a confusing and lonely environment. Winner of the Dramatic Audience Award at Sundance and two major awards at the Berlin Film Festival, Maria Full of Grace is not only a hard-hitting jab at a global economic system that allows exploitation of the poor to satisfy the pleasure of the rich, but a richly nuanced coming-of-age story that delivers its hard-edged message with understanding and compassion. One of the best films of the year.

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