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Writer (WGA):
Joshua Marston (written by)
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Release Date:
6 August 2004 (USA) See more »
How far will she go before she's gone too far? See more »
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 40 wins & 29 nominations See more »
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A riveting human odyssey that transcends simplistic messages See more (169 total) »


  (in credits order)

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

Yenny Paola Vega ... Blanca
Rodrigo Sánchez Borhorquez ... Supervisor
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 Attendant

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

Patricia Rae ... Carla

Orlando Tobón ... Don Fernando

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
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
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 Carrera .... assistant art director
Thomas La Vecchia .... on-set dresser
Cliff Lane .... property master
Thomas Lee .... art department coordinator
Richard Liebgold .... set dresser
David Murray .... art production assistant
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
Michal Zilbersheid .... art department intern
Sound Department
Rick Ash .... sound re-recording mixer
David Boulton .... adr recordist
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
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 .... sound re-recording mixer
Philip Stockton .... supervising sound editor
Patrick Stoltz .... additional sound (as Pat Stoltz)
Steven Visscher .... foley editor
Drew Webster .... sound 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
Christopher Dusendschon .... digital imaging
Adam Hawkey .... lead compositor: iOFilm (as Adam S. Hawkey)
Julie Landholt .... title graphics (as J. Kathryn Landholt)
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
Ana María Ormaza .... second assistant camera
Jimy Pazmiño .... grip: Ecuador (as Jimmy Pazmiño)
Larry Riley .... still photographer
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
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
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
Music Department
P.J. Bloom .... music consultant
Lynn Fainchtein .... music supervisor
James Flatto .... music editor
Transportation Department
Jim Buckman .... transportation captain
Mauricio Garcia .... transportation captain
Other crew
Roberto Aguirre .... location manager: Ecuador
Calvin Alden .... production assistant
Andrés Baiz .... location scout: New York
Nicole Brown .... production coordinator: New York
Georgina Cabrera .... additional crew
Andrea F. Cannistraci .... production legal
Gustavo Chiriboga .... production assistant: Ecuador
Martha Collantes .... accounting supervisor
Jean-Christophe Couet .... office production assistant: New York
Michael Dudek .... location assistant: New York
Michael Dudek .... production assistant
Daniel Elefante .... set production assistant: New York (as Dan Elefante)
John B. Finn .... post-production accountant
Shawn Hamilton .... production accountant
Mariana Hellmund .... script supervisor
Peter Hutchison .... production accountant
Rosa Jiménez .... production assistant: first team
Ronnie Kupferwasser .... location manager: New York
Christopher Lagdamen .... production assistant
Julie Landholt .... graphic artist: titles (as J. Kathryn Landholt)
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
Jennifer Quesenbery .... assistant location manager
Cesar Quinones .... location manager
David Ray .... office production assistant: New York
Davin Reich .... key production assistant: New York
David Velasco .... location scout
Trish Gray .... location consultant (uncredited)
Daniel Villagomez .... credits administrator (uncredited)
Francesca Galesi .... special thanks

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Rated R for drug content and language
101 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Chile:14 | Finland:K-11 | France:U | 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)

Did You Know?

Catalina Sandino Moreno became the first actress ever to be nominated to Best Actress at the Oscars for a role that it is spoken entirely in Spanish.See more »
Continuity: After Maria gives Don Fernando the money for Lucy's family, she takes her wallet out twice.See more »
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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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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