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Miss Bala (2019)

PG-13 | | Action, Crime, Drama | 1 February 2019 (USA)
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Gloria finds a power she never knew she had when she is drawn into a dangerous world of cross-border crime. Surviving will require all of her cunning, inventiveness, and strength. Based on the Spanish-language film.


Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer (screenplay by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gina Rodriguez ... Gloria
Thomas Dekker ... Makeup Supervisor
Vivian Chan Vivian Chan ... Fashion Designer
Barbarella Pardo Barbarella Pardo ... MX Customs Officer
Cristina Rodlo ... Suzu
Sebastián Cano Sebastián Cano ... Chava (as Sebastian Cano Echegollen)
Gaby Orihuela Gaby Orihuela ... Pageant Coordinator
Damián Alcázar ... Chief Saucedo
Ricardo Abarca Ricardo Abarca ... Poyo
Ismael Cruz Cordova ... Lino (as Ismael Cruz Córdova)
Erick Delgadillo Erick Delgadillo ... Tucán (as Erick Rene Delgadillo Urbina)
Mikhail Plata Mikhail Plata ... Chivo
Jorge Humberto Millan Mardueño Jorge Humberto Millan Mardueño ... Ortiz
Job Sarmiento Job Sarmiento ... Officer at Club
Roberto Sosa ... Police Officer


Gloria finds a power she never knew she had when she is drawn into a dangerous world of cross-border crime. Surviving will require all of her cunning, inventiveness, and strength. Based on the Spanish-language film.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Ordinary Becomes Extraordinary. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sequences of gun violence, sexual and drug content, thematic material, and language | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


The gang featured in the film is called "Estrellas" and their logo is a lower-case "e" accompanied by a star. "Estrella" is the Spanish word for "star." See more »


Gloria: You're not listening to me. I'm an American citizen. I know my rights! I want to be taken to the US embassy!
Brian Reich: The consulate already knows about you, Gloria. My name is Brian Riech and I'm an agent with Drug Enforcement Administration. Now these are encrypted radio cellphones that only Esparza and his people use. They can't be tracked. So you're telling me that he gave you one of these, and he doesn't even know you?
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Remake of Miss Bala (2011) See more »


Ella Quiere Al Vato
Written and Performed by El Kabro
Courtesy of Merceneri Records
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User Reviews

Kinda dull
22 December 2019 | by TdSmth5See all my reviews

Gloria, a Hollywood make-up artist, visits her friend in Tijuana who is signing up for a beauty contest (Miss Baja California). At a party Gloria while in the restroom witnesses a bunch of bad guys meet up and discuss getting rid of some guy named Saucedo. Because she's American she's let go. Then, the guys shoot up the place and Gloria and her friend are separated.

Next day after trying in vain to find her friend, Gloria approaches a cop to tell him about the missing girl, the cop claims to drive her to a cop station, instead takes her somewhere where the same bad guys grab her. The main bad guy, Lino, offers to help her find her friend if she helps him out in turn. They sign her up now for the beauty pageant. Gloria escapes from the guy watching her and somehow runs straight into the arms of DEA agents. Huh? Yeah. They of course want Lino and recruit Gloria to place a bug in his phone so they can track and capture him.

While completing a mission for Lino she does manage to bug his phone and get in touch with her DEA handler. They plan on capturing Lino at some deal and get Gloria out of there. Indeed, a shoot-out ensues by the lone 2 (!) DEA agents taking on Lino and his gang. Gloria makes it to the agreed place to find no one there to rescue her. So she has no choice but to help Lino out to appear to be on his side. At some point she manages to escape for a while, to look after her friend's little brother but Lino find her quickly and make a deal with her. They cartel takes the kid as insurance. They are still after this Saucedo guy who runs the police, and the beauty pageant, and is trying to take over the cartel's operations. So they set up Gloria to win the pageant so she can get some private time with Saucedo at a party.

Things go as planned and at the party Gloria runs into her friend. There's a revelation and the final confrontation.

The basics of the story are solid for the most part. Miss Bala should be a pretty good action thriller/drama. But somehow it doesn't work all that well. Gloria doesn't make that compelling of a character. As most characters, she's forced to make dumb decisions for the sake of the script and there is not shortage of dumb coincidences. This world of cartels and their victims should be darker and more menacing that what the good-natured Hardwicke portrays.

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Mexico | USA


English | Spanish

Release Date:

1 February 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,864,744, 3 February 2019

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos (as Dolby Vision-Atmos)



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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