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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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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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Taglines:

These pellets contain heroin. Each weighs 10 grams. Each is 4.2 cm long and 1.4 cm wide. And they're on their way to New York in the stomach of a 17-year-old girl. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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

Gross USA:

$6,529,624

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$12,594,630
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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: What is America like?
Lucy Díaz: Over there... it's too perfect. Everything's straight.
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Featured in The 77th Annual Academy Awards (2005) See more »

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Gotitas de Dolor
Written by Julio Rodriguez Reyes
Performed by Orlando Contreras
Courtesy of Orfeon Videovox S.A.
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Powerful and Real
24 December 2005 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In a small village in Colombia, the pregnant seventeen years old Maria (Catalina Sandino Moreno) supports her family with her salary working in a floriculture. She is fired and with a total lack of perspective of finding a new job, she decides to accept the offer to work as a drug mule, flying to USA with approx. seventy pellets of cocaine in her stomach. Once in New York, things do not happen as planned.

"Maria Full of Grace" is a very powerful and real movie about the lack of perspective in the life of teenagers in poor countries. The dramatic story takes place in Colombia and is based on real events, the use of poor people to transport drugs to United States of America. Once there, the poor adolescent sees a chance to join to the American Dream and give a better life to her unborn child and make money to send to her family. In my country, mules are not the problem, but the use of children, protected by law, by the dealers in the traffic of drugs. The story is very well written, and the movie has a stunning direction. Catalina Sandino Moreno has awesome performance and this film really deserves the nomination for Oscar and another twenty-seven (27) wins and twenty-one (21) nominations in Festivals. The title plays with the Catholic prayer "Ave Maria". My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil: "Maria Cheia de Graça" ("Maria Full of Grace")


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