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Monster's Ball (2001)

R | | Drama, Romance | 1 March 2002 (USA)
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After a family tragedy, a racist prison guard reexamines his attitudes while falling in love with the African American wife of the last prisoner he executed.

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Marc Forster
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 14 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Billy Bob Thornton ... Hank Grotowski
Taylor Simpson Taylor Simpson ... Lucille
Gabrielle Witcher Gabrielle Witcher ... Betty
Heath Ledger ... Sonny Grotowski
Amber Rules Amber Rules ... Vera
Peter Boyle ... Buck Grotowski
Charles Cowan Jr. Charles Cowan Jr. ... Willie Cooper
Taylor LaGrange Taylor LaGrange ... Darryl Cooper
Yasiin Bey ... Ryrus Cooper (as Mos Def)
Anthony Bean Anthony Bean ... Dappa Smith
Francine Segal ... Georgia Ann Paynes
John McConnell ... Harvey Shoonmaker
Marcus Lyle Brown ... Phil Huggins
Milo Addica ... Tommy Roulaine
Leah Loftin ... Booter
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Storyline

Set in the Southern United States, 'Monster's Ball' is a tale of a racist white man, Hank, who falls in love with a black woman named Leticia. Ironically Hank is a prison guard working on Death Row who executed Leticia's husband. Hank and Leticia's interracial affair leads to confusion and new ideas for the two unlikely lovers. Written by Anna <annachan@amazon.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A lifetime of change can happen in a single moment.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexual content, language and violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El pasado nos condena See more »

Filming Locations:

Laplace, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$110,552, 30 December 2001

Gross USA:

$31,273,922

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$45,011,434
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated director's cut)

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DTS | Dolby | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Will Rokos: (screenwriter) (at around 47 mins) prison's warden. See more »

Goofs

When Hank goes to clean up the backseat of his car, two cameramen are reflected in the back window of his Ford Crown Victoria. See more »

Quotes

Lawrence Musgrove: I've always believed that a portrait captures a person far better than a photograph. It truly takes a human being to really see a human being.
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Crazy Credits

Thanks to Sam, Austin, Gabrielle. Scott Lambert is thanked twice. See more »

Alternate Versions

The initial cut of the picture included more explicit footage during the sex scene between Halle Berry and Billy Bob Thornton, which was trimmed down after the MPAA threatened to give the film a NC-17 rating. The uncut version premiered at the Berlin Film Festival on February 8, 2001. The R-rated US theatrical release is the cut version; the version released theatrically in Canada and most other countries is the uncut version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Gossip Girl: Monstrous Ball (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Broken Up and Blue
(1998)
Performed by Red Meat
Written by Jill Olson
Published by Olson Girl Publishing (ASCAP)
Administered by Bug Music, Inc.
Courtesy of Ranchero Records
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Don't believe the hype!
13 March 2004 | by needtogetalifeSee all my reviews

This is a difficult film and the Southern U.S. language is difficult to the Northern English ear. (Even one who lived in South U.S. for a time). So much so, that I had to keep turning the volume up or freezing a scene and going back, something I've never done before. The dialogue by and large is performed in monosyllables. Halle Berry is - uhm - how can I put this? The best way is to say I really don't know why she got the award. She certainly does not do emotion well and for a film that sets out to portray emotion - not a good start! It's only saving grace for me was the fact that it is beautifully shot with stunning photography But I realise I am probably on my own here. Remember the story of the Emperor's New Clothes and you don't have to like something just because everyone tells you how marvellous it is If you want to see a film that portrays loss grief and emotion rent 'In the Bedroom' - it is far superior to this self-indulgent narcissistic piece of Oscar award P.R.


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