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Miss Bala (2011)

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After entering a beauty contest in Tijuana, a young woman witnesses drug-related murders and is forced to do the gang's bidding.

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Gerardo Naranjo
3 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephanie Sigman ... Laura Guerrero
Juan Carlos Galván Juan Carlos Galván ... Arturo Guerrero
Noé Hernández ... Lino Valdez
Irene Azuela ... Jessica Verduzo
Javier Zaragoza Javier Zaragoza ... Ramón Guerrero
Lakshmi Picazo ... Azucena 'Suzu' Ramos
Jose Yenque ... Kike Cámara
James Russo ... Jimmy
Leonor Victorica Leonor Victorica ... Luisa Janes
Gabriel Heads Gabriel Heads ... Agent Bell
Hugo Márquez Hugo Márquez ... Javi Fernández
Miguel Couturier Miguel Couturier ... General Salomón Duarte
Eduardo Mendizábal Eduardo Mendizábal ... Quiño
Sergio Gómez Padilla Sergio Gómez Padilla ... Parca
Felipe Morales Felipe Morales ... Tío
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Storyline

At 23, Laura Guerro and her friend Suzu enter the Miss Baja pageant. Both qualify, and while Laura waits at a nightclub for Suzu to break away so they can go shopping, a heavily-armed drug gang murders drug enforcement officials there. Laura escapes unharmed but can't find Suzu, so the next day she looks for her; her dogged behavior brings her to the cartel's attention, and they force her to assist them as they menace her father and younger brother. Lino, the gang's leader, decides Laura should finish the pageant although her only interest is escape. Every day drags her deeper and corruption is pervasive. What alternative is there to death or prison? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Don't mess with Family.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some brutal violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The film poster is inspired by the album cover of Janet Jackson's 1993 self titled album, Janet, shot by Patrick DeMarchelier. See more »

Connections

Remade as Miss Bala (2019) See more »

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Sombra
Written by Emilio Kauderer
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Remarkable, gripping and worrying film
1 October 2011 | by surdejaliscoSee all my reviews

I'm an Englishman who has lived seven years in Mexico. I disagree completely with the previous review. I thought this was a remarkable film and scary in what, to me, appears to be a realistic, credible depiction of life in Tijuana. I thought the main actress was exceptional in the way she allows us to view the film through her eyes and shows her increasing trauma and dislocation as she is drawn more and more against her will into the dark world of organized crime, the police, the army and their overlaps. To me the film shows the terrible loss of innocence and the violence that is being perpetrated every day in Mexico against the Mexican people as exemplified and represented by the main character.


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Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

9 September 2011 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Miss Bala See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,567,478
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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