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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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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>

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A lifetime of change can happen in a single moment.

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

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1 March 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El pasado nos condena  »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$133,208 (USA) (4 January 2002)

Gross:

£2,267,433 (UK) (19 July 2002)
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Trivia

(at around 30 mins) The execution of character Lawrence Musgrove was filmed using the actual retired Louisiana electric chair in the very room where it was used. See more »

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(at around 1h 3 mins) Hank mentions to Leticia that he bought Clement's on Prospect Street. In the preceding scene however, Hank is seen looking at the same gas station with the entrance door displaying "1049 East Arlene Hwy". See more »

Quotes

Sonny Grotowski: You hate me. You hate me, don't you? Answer me! You hate me don't you!
Hank Grotowski: Yes, I hate you. Always have.
Sonny Grotowski: Well I've always loved you.
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Thanks to Sam, Austin, Gabrielle. Scott Lambert is thanked twice. See more »

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Your Love Is My Rest
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Performed by Jimmie Dale Gilmore
Written by John Hiatt
Published by Careers-BMG Music Publishing, Inc.
Courtesy of Rounder Records
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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Far More Than Just That Sex Scene
27 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie was not a big favorite with audiences and I figured I would be among the majority on this one......but I wasn't - I like this film. In fact, I liked it even better on the second viewing.

I found it to be one of those rare movies that deals with racism that doesn't come on too heavy-handed with all the political correctness nonsense. It handled the problem intelligently, I thought.

The cinematographer, Robert Schaefer, did a terrific job with this, too, and that is another reason I have come to really enjoy this film. The visuals - and the audio - are outstanding.

None of the characters are particularly likable but I thought Billy Bob Thornton's "Hank Grotowski" was so interesting a character that I concentrated more on that than whether I liked him or not. However, I wound up liking him, anyway, and boy, did his character change in this film. There is a steamy sex scene in here with Billy Bob and Halle Barry that was quite the talk when the film was released. I didn't think it was all that it was made out to be. I've seen steamier moments such as Alec Baldwin and Kim Bassinger going at it in the non-rated version of "The Getaway."

Overall, this a rough film in spots but I think it is a solid, underrated drama that offers far more than the "celebrated" sex scene. This is a well-made movie.


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