The Virgin of Juarez

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The Virgin of Juarez stars Minnie Driver as a reporter investigating numerous deaths in the border town of the title. During the course of her work, she befriends a young woman named Mariela who claims to have survived a vicious attack by the assailant. Since the attack, she believes she has visions of the Virgin Mary. When she begins talking about this, many desperate people begin to look to her as a spiritual leader. As the small town becomes engulfed in this religious hysteria, the reporter has a more and more...
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Overview

The Virgin of Juarez stars Minnie Driver as a reporter investigating numerous deaths in the border town of the title. During the course of her work, she befriends a young woman named Mariela who claims to have survived a vicious attack by the assailant. Since the attack, she believes she has visions of the Virgin Mary. When she begins talking about this, many desperate people begin to look to her as a spiritual leader. As the small town becomes engulfed in this religious hysteria, the reporter has a more and more difficult time completing her assignment.
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Special Features

Scene selections; Previews; Spanish subtitles; Close captions; On-set featurette
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/17/2006
  • UPC: 687797114693
  • Original Release: 2005
  • Rating:

  • Source: Millennium
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:36:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 75,716

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Minnie Driver Karina Danes
Ana Claudia Talancón Mariela
Esai Morales
Angus MacFadyen
Jorge Ververa Jr.
Jacob Vargas
Julio Oscar Mechoso
Guillermo Diaz
Joanna Cassidy
Technical Credits
Kevin James Dobson Director, Producer
Kym Barrett Costumes/Costume Designer
Ross Berryman Cinematographer
Michael Fallon Screenwriter
Steve Henry Executive Producer
Rosemary Marks Producer
John Mott Production Designer
Bruce Novotny Editor
Daniel Schalk Editor
Mary Vernieu Casting
Harriet Zaretsky Executive Producer
Aaron Zigman Score Composer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Virgin of Juarez
1. Main Titles [7:22]
2. Spin [7:43]
3. Call for Help [6:43]
4. Hospital [7:17]
5. El Paso [7:10]
6. Memorial [5:44]
7. Usual Suspects [7:30]
8. Crime Scene [7:34]
9. The Miracle [10:53]
10. Business Interest [5:47]
11. The Meeting [11:08]
12. End Credits [4:49]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The Virgin of Juarez
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   Scene Selection
   Set Up
      Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
      Audio: 2.0 Stereo
      Subtitles: English Closed Captions
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: None
   Special Features
      On the Set
      Previews
         Virgin of Juarez Trailer
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         Coming to Theaters: A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Worthwhile and Important Story Hampered by Poor Script and Production

    THE VIRGIN OF JUAREZ is based on true events surrounding the crime problems of Juarez, Mexico reflected in the gringo exploitation of businesses in neighboring El Paso, Texas. The story contains many important facts that desperately need to be brought into the light, but the impact of the film falters because of the choices made by the writer and director. Karina Danes (Minnie Driver) is a journalist for a Los Angeles newspaper who has flown to Juarez to investigate the multiple (in the hundreds) killings of young women. The targets for these murders seem to be young women working in the US sponsored sweatshops in Juarez who are picked up at night after work, raped, beaten and killed. Danes is convinced the Juarez police force is doing nothing and takes on the mission of exposing the tragedies, in part due to her own past issues of being to idle with similar crimes in the US. She meets Father Herrera (Esai Morales) and a community activist Patrick (Angus MacFadyen) and together they probe the police files and follow the most recent murder, discovering along the way a survivor named Mariela (Ana Claudia Talancón), a frightened young girl whose memory of her rape and beating is erased by her apparent vision of the Virgin Mary. A father of one of the victims, Isidro (Jorge Cervera, Jr.) nurtures Mariela and helps her to escape the hospital, placing her in a 'church' where she becomes a 'saint' to the people of Juarez who long for the crimes to end. Mariela appears to the public with the stigmata of bleeding hands and offers hope to the victims' families. Danes works hard to discover evidence that will expose the perpetrators, taking a sheet of photos of 'most wanted men' from the police office of Detective Lauro (Jacob Vargas), and works with the police and Father Herrera to resolve the tragic chain of events that continue in Juarez. Fearing for Mariela's life, they transport her to Los Angeles where mysterious events end the story. The squeaky, mawkish script was written by Michael Fallon and directed by Kevin James Dobson. Had their vision been more directed toward defining the line between realism and fanaticism, the story would possibly have been better related. There are some good performances by Driver, Talancón, Morales, and Vargas but the minor roles vary in quality. Reporting atrocities such as the one this film addresses is a valid and valuable contribution of contemporary cinema. It is sad when script and the production dull the impact. Grady Harp

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