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Miss Bala ()


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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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Laura Guerrero
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Arturo Guerrero
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Lino Valdez
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Jessica Verduzo
Javier Zaragoza ...
Ramón Guerrero
Lakshmi Picazo ...
Azucena 'Suzu' Ramos
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Kike Cámara (as Jose Yenque)
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Jimmy
Leonor Victorica ...
Luisa Janes
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Agent Bell
Hugo Márquez ...
Javi Fernández
Miguel Couturier ...
General Salomón Duarte
Eduardo Mendizábal ...
Quiño
Sergio Gómez Padilla ...
Parca
Felipe Morales ...
Tío
Sergio Miguel Martínez ...
Cali
Luis Francisco Escobedo ...
Roca
Armando Gutiérrez Flores ...
Ventura
Andrea Abbiati Correnti ...
Coreógrafo
Víctor Roldán ...
Patrullero
Leticia Huijara Cano ...
Vendedora
Gabriel Chávez ...
Presentador del Concurso
Víctor Manuel Rodríguez ...
Guarura
Octavio Velasco ...
Robles
Claudio León Burstin Campos ...
Procurador
Angel Galindo ...
Alonso Gutiérrez
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Julio Cesar Hernandez Vieyra ...
Soldado
Caridad Soto Rull ...
Edecán
Angelica Padilla ...
Pageant Audience (uncredited)
Raúl Reynoso ...
Police man (uncredited)

Directed by

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Gerardo Naranjo

Written by

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Gerardo Naranjo ... () &
Mauricio Katz ... ()

Produced by

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Pablo Cruz ... producer
Gael García Bernal ... executive producer
Gabriel Heads ... line producer
Diego Luna ... executive producer
Ulrich Maier ... line producer: reshoots
Geminiano Pineda ... executive producer
Viridiana Torres ... assistant producer

Music by

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Emilio Kauderer

Cinematography by

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Mátyás Erdély ... (as Matyas Erdely)

Editing by

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Gerardo Naranjo

Editorial Department

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Santiago Cendejas ... assistant editor
Julius Friede ... senior digital intermediate colorist
Fausto Estrada Guerrero ... colorist: dailies
Tim Mirkovich ... editorial consultant
Mariana Ojeda Carrillo de Albornoz ... colorist: dailies
George Papuashvili ... post-production
Marissa Rivera Bolaños ... post-production assistant

Casting By

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Andrea Abbiati
Courtney Bright ... casting director: US (as Courtney Sheinin)
Isabel Cortázar ... (as Isabel Cortazar)
Nicole Daniels ... casting director: US
Genaro Hernandez

Art Direction by

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Ivonne Fuentes

Set Decoration by

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Lourdes Oyanguren

Costume Design by

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Anna Terrazas

Makeup Department

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Galaxia Bautista ... hair
Luis Felipe Moreno ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Keila Ferrer ... post-production supervisor
Julio Cesar Hernandez Vieyra ... unit manager
Julio Hernandez ... unit manager
Julio Montfort ... assistent
Carlos 'Buho' Tames ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Hiromi Kamata ... first assistant director
Valeria Villalobos ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Livia Arroyo ... assistant art director
Nuria Diaz Ibañez ... graphic designer
Ignacio Revelo ... props
Colin Thurston ... property master

Sound Department

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Emilio Cortés ... sound mixer
Carlos Cuevas ... sound consultant: Dolby
Shaun Cunningham ... foley editor / foley mixer
Marc Fishman ... re-recording mixer
Salvador Félix ... sound designer
Christian Giraud ... dialogue editor
Jose Inerzia ... sound recordist
Pablo Lach ... sound designer
Monique Reymond ... foley artist
Gabriel J. Serrano ... sound recordist
John Soukup ... sound transfer (uncredited)

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Lucas Hardy ... digital dust removal
Joe Henke ... visual effects supervisor: CIS Hollywood
James Kuroda ... compositing supervisor: CIS Hollywood
Juan Carlos Lepe ... visual effects artist
Carina Maldonado ... digital compositor
Julia Neighly ... visual effects producer (as Julia Gaudette)
Gustavo A. Pablik ... visual effects coordinator
Edgar Piña ... visual effects artist
Raul Prado ... visual effects supervisor
David Santiago ... technical director
Yadira Velásquez ... visual effects producer

Stunts

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Hugo Aguilera ... stunt coordinator
Julian Bucio ... stunt coordinator
Carlos Marroquín ... utility stunts
Juan Carlos Olalde ... stunts
Omar Ayala ... assistant stunt coordinator (uncredited) / stunt rigger (uncredited) / stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Francesco Cavazza ... first assistant camera: retakes
Joaquin Cervera ... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Manuel Galaviz Delgado ... grip
Jovany Garcia ... dolly grip
Oscar Inzunza ... gaffer
Gerardo Manjarrez ... b camera operator / steadicam operator
Francisco Jaime Pastrana ... second assistant camera
Emiliano Rocha Minter ... still photographer: making of

Casting Department

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Israel Becerra ... extras casting
Ximena Issa ... casting assistant
Jesus Quinones ... casting coordinator

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Yvette Cruz ... wardrobe coordinator
Iraní González ... pattern maker
Andrea Manuel ... key costumer
Irma García Ramírez ... costumer
Jimena Tenorio ... costume assistant

Location Management

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Ivan Diaz-Robledo ... location manager
Gabriel Ramírez ... assistant location manager
Horacio Sandoval ... location manager

Music Department

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Lynn Fainchtein ... music supervisor
Robert Kraft ... executive in charge of music
Marston Smith ... musician: cello

Script and Continuity Department

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Israel Pasco ... continuity

Transportation Department

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Ángel de la Peña ... driver (as Angel de la Peña)

Additional Crew

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Yollótl Alvarado ... behind the scenes: Behind the scenes
Jessika Corona ... production coordinator
Laëtitia Denis ... assistant press attaché
Florence Larsonneur ... business affairs

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Don't mess with Family. See more »
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Additional Details

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Also Known As
  • Miss Bala: I vasilissa tis omorfias (Greece)
  • Miss Bala: Η βασίλισσα της ομορφιάς (Greece)
  • Мисс Пуля (Russia)
  • Kurşun Kraliçesi (Turkey, Turkish title)
  • ملكة جمال بالا (United Arab Emirates)
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Runtime
  • 113 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia The character of Kiki Camara, the police officer who takes the phone from Laura, is based on Enrique S. "Kiki" Camarena Salazar (1947 - 1985). Camarena was a Mexican-born American agent for the United States Drug Enforcement Administration who was abducted, tortured and murdered whilst on assignment (working undercover) in Mexico. See more »
Movie Connections Remade as Miss Bala (2019). See more »
Soundtracks Me Rio De Ti See more »

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