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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.

Director:

Joshua Marston

Writer:

Joshua Marston

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 41 wins & 33 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Catalina Sandino Moreno ... María Álvarez
Virgina Ariza Virgina Ariza ... Juana
Yenny Paola Vega ... Blanca
Rodrigo Sánchez Borhorquez Rodrigo Sánchez Borhorquez ... Supervisor (as Rodrigo Sanchez Borhorquez)
Charles Albert Patiño Charles Albert Patiño ... Felipe
Wilson Guerrero Wilson Guerrero ... Juan
Johanna Andrea Mora Johanna Andrea Mora ... Diana Álvarez
Fabricio Suarez Fabricio Suarez ... Pacho
Mateo Suarez Mateo Suarez ... Pacho
Evangelina Morales Evangelina Morales ... Rosita
Juana Guarderas Juana Guarderas ... Female Pharmacist
Jhon Álex Toro Jhon Álex Toro ... Franklin (as Jhon Alex Toro)
Jaime Osorio Gómez ... Javier (as Jaime Osorio Gomez)
Guilied Lopez ... Lucy Díaz
Victor Macias Victor Macias ... Pellet Maker
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Storyline

María Álvarez, an independent, feisty, and underpaid seventeen-year-old Colombian rose packager is stuck in a tedious life and a dead-end relationship with her good-for-nothing boyfriend, Juan. And as if things weren't bad enough, an unexpected pregnancy and an ugly altercation with her unfair boss will tempt María to accept the risky offer to become a drug mule, smuggling drugs from Bogotá to New York City. But, as things rapidly spiral out of control, suddenly, the option of an early retirement and a peaceful future for both María and her unborn baby begins to fade away. Is there a way out from this hopeless predicament? Written by Nick Riganas

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

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Colombia | Ecuador | USA

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

6 August 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Maria Full of Grace See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$139,066, 18 July 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$6,517,198, 7 November 2004
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

María Álvarez: How many times have you done this?
Lucy Díaz: Two.
María Álvarez: How did it go?
Lucy Díaz: Here I am.
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Connections

Referenced in Chelsea Lately: Episode #8.110 (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

El Preso
Written by Alvaro Velasquez Balcazar
Performed by Fruko y Sus Tesos
Courtesy of Discos Fuentes
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I wouldn't have to like having to make such choices
18 September 2004 | by buerkleSee all my reviews

This movie was powerful, seamless. I can't think of a scene where I asked myself, why did we need that? It was even-handed. The director could have dramatized the plight of María's family more. But he didn't. I didn't think a real-life Maria would have told Lucy's sister that Lucy had died and she didn't.

I liked seeing the crowding in the house in Colombia and in the house in Queens. The customs agents weren't portrayed as stupid boobs, but rather as professionals, thus making María's plight seem more real. Don Fernando's role seemed incredibly accurate as an immigrant ombudsman. And the ending was powerful. It touched me. I will take my students to see this movie this week. (I'm a high school teacher). When will they stop producing heroin and cocaine in Colombia? As soon as we here in the United States stop shoving it up our noses.


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