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Monster's Ball -- 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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Writers (WGA):
Milo Addica (written by) &
Will Rokos (written by)
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1 March 2002 (USA) See more »
A lifetime of change can happen in a single moment.
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Billy Bob Thornton ... Hank Grotowski
Taylor Simpson ... Lucille
Gabrielle Witcher ... Betty

Heath Ledger ... Sonny Grotowski
Amber Rules ... Vera

Peter Boyle ... Buck Grotowski
Charles Cowan Jr. ... Willie Cooper
Taylor LaGrange ... Darryl Cooper

Yasiin Bey ... Ryrus Cooper (as Mos Def)
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

Halle Berry ... Leticia Musgrove
Coronji Calhoun ... Tyrell Musgrove

Sean Combs ... Lawrence Musgrove
Larry Lee ... Co #1
Troy Poret ... Co #2
Paul Smith ... Co #3
Marshall Cain ... Correction Officer
Will Rokos ... Warden Velesco

Anthony Michael Frederick ... Billy
John Wilmot ... Minister
Dennis Clements ... Clements

Stephanie Claire ... Nurse

James Haven ... Hospital Guard

Ritchie Montgomery ... Detective
Clara Hopkins Daniels ... Maggie Cooper (as Clara Infinity Daniels)

Carol Sutton ... Ms. Guillermo
Bernard Johnson ... Deputy Jones
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jeanette Kontomitras ... Tyrell's School Teacher (uncredited)
Earl Maddox ... Patron (uncredited)

Anthony Marble ... ER Doctor (uncredited)

Directed by
Marc Forster 
Writing credits
Milo Addica (written by) &
Will Rokos (written by)

Produced by
Milo Addica .... co-producer
Michael Burns .... executive producer
Lee Daniels .... producer
Eric Kopeloff .... co-producer
Eric Kopeloff .... line producer
Michael Paseornek .... executive producer
Will Rokos .... co-producer
Mark Urman .... executive producer
Original Music by
Asche & Spencer  (as Asche and Spencer)
Chris Beaty (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Roberto Schaefer (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Matt Chesse  (as Matt Chessé)
Casting by
Kerry Barden 
Mark Bennett 
Billy Hopkins 
Suzanne Smith 
Production Design by
Monroe Kelly 
Art Direction by
Leonard R. Spears  (as Leonard Spears)
Set Decoration by
Leonard R. Spears (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Frank L. Fleming  (as Frank Fleming)
Makeup Department
Brian Badie .... hair stylist
Carla Brenholtz .... assistant makeup artist (as Carla Chao)
Mary Burton .... makeup artist: Ms. Berry
Sterfon Demings .... hair stylist: Ms. Berry
Lynne K. Eagan .... makeup artist: Mr. Thornton (as Lynne Eagan)
Allison Gordin .... makeup artist
Joani Yarbrough .... hair stylist: Mr. Thornton
Carol F. Doran .... wig maker (uncredited)
Production Management
Robert Ortiz .... unit production manager (as Rob Ortiz)
Carl Pedregal .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Batou Chandler .... second second assistant director
Michael Lerman .... first assistant director
James Roque .... second assistant director (as James Roque Jr.)
Art Department
Peter Bankins .... prop master
Michael Blum .... props production assistant
Mary Frances Eglin .... art department coordinator (as Mary Frances Elgin)
David Erwin .... on-set dresser
Daniel Fox .... set dresser
Holly Goline .... assistant property master
Kristin Hensley .... artwork: Lawrence Musgrove
Leo Lauricella .... carpenter
Vince LeBlanc .... leadman (as Vince Leblanc)
Genevieve Leyh .... assistant scenic
Danny Nick .... swing
John Patterson .... carpenter
Eric William Pierson .... set dresser (as Eric Pierson)
Stuart Rankine .... props production assistant
Russell Slaughter .... swing
Chuck Stringer .... construction coordinator (as George 'Chuck' Stringer)
Steve Walters .... charge scenic
Sound Department
Jimmy 'Coach' Armstrong .... boom operator
Rick Ash .... re-recording mixer (as Rick Ashe)
Weldon Brown .... adr mixer
Zane D. Bruce .... foley artist (as Zane Bruce)
Patrick Cabral .... foley editor (as Pat Cabral)
Joe Earle .... re-recording mixer
Lisle Engle .... sound editor
Jeffrey Haupt .... additional sound mixer
Trevor Jolly .... adr editor
Trevor Jolly .... dialogue editor
Michael Kamper .... sound designer
Diane Lucas .... adr recordist
Jennifer L. Mann .... foley editor (as Jennifer Mann)
Glenn T. Morgan .... supervising sound designer
Glenn T. Morgan .... supervising sound editor
Hugh Murphy .... digital assistant
Jeff Pullman .... sound mixer
Steve Ralsten .... additional sound (as Steve Ralston)
Brian Ruberg .... foley mixer
David Ruth .... adr editor
David Ruth .... dialogue editor
Joseph T. Sabella .... foley artist (as Joseph Sabella)
Greg Steele .... adr mixer
Patrick Stoltz .... additional sound (as Pat Stoltz)
Kim Waugh .... additional sound
Drew Webster .... re-recording mixer
Gayle Wesley .... additional sound
Shayna Brown .... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Chato Hill .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Eric Lamb .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Carrie Lisonbee .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Michael McNerney .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Angie Stanghetti .... additional adr recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Brian Bankston .... special effects production assistant
Edward Bankston .... special effects assistant
David K. Nami .... special effects coordinator (as David Nami)
William A. Nami .... special effects assistant
Glen Palmisano .... special effects production assistant
Visual Effects by
Colleen Duffy .... visual effects producer: SOL designfx
M.B. Emigh .... main title design: SOL designfx (as MB Emigh)
Michael Hatcher .... digital artist: SOL designfx
Jeff Heusser .... digital compositing supervisor: SOL designfx
Steven Emmert .... optical compositor: THDX (uncredited)
Jim Gorman .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Reid Paul .... digital effects supervisor (uncredited)
Danny Cosmo .... utility stunts
Harry Harris III .... stunt coordinator (as Harry Harris)
Camera and Electrical Department
Bob Bates .... electrician
Paul Beard .... company grip
Jeanne-Louise Bulliard .... publicity photographer (as Jeanne Louise Bulliard)
Rufus Burnam .... thanks: The Camera House (as Rufus Burnham)
Buddy Carr .... dolly grip
Gilly Charbonnet .... key grip
Christopher Ekstrom .... company grip (as Christopher Eckstrom)
Sean Finnegan .... electrician (as Sean Funnegan)
Matthew Gaumer .... second assistant camera (as Matt Gaumer)
Jason Goodowens .... company grip
Jerry M. Jacob .... Steadicam operator
Francis James .... director of photography: second unit
Vic Keatley .... best boy electric (as Victor Keatly)
Paul T. LeBlanc .... 24 frame video operator (as Paul T. Leblanc)
Ian Lynch .... first assistant camera: second unit
Mike McLaughlin .... gaffer
P.K. Munson .... first assistant camera (as Peter Kerr 'P.K.' Munson)
Mike 'Chewie' Pappas .... electrician (as Chewie Pappas)
Michael L. Smith .... electrician (as Mike Smith)
Joe Uddo .... camera production assistant
Lynda Vincent .... film loader
Ralph Watson .... Steadicam operator
Don W. Wegner .... best boy grip (as Don Wegner)
Roberto Schaefer .... camera operator (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Donna Chance .... costume supervisor
Dana Embree .... additional set costumer
Caroline Eselin .... set costumer
Meagan McLaughlin .... wardrobe production assistant
Severin Serafini .... costume stylist
Giselle Spence .... seamstress
Editorial Department
John Homesley .... assistant editor
Meagan James .... first assistant editor
Richard Jordan .... executive in charge of post-production
Larry Manke .... telecine colorist (as Larry P. Manke)
Frank Moshier .... post-production coordinator
Harry Muller .... color timer
Location Management
David Ross McCarty .... location manager
Jessica Seifert McCarty .... location assistant
M. Gerard Sellers .... location scout (as Gerard Sellers)
Marco Umana .... assistant location manager
E. Michael Hewett .... location scout: North Carolina (uncredited)
Music Department
Asche & Spencer .... song producer: "I'm Your Man" (as Asche and Spencer)
Bob DeMaa .... music mixer
Joel C. High .... music supervisor
Stephanie Lynn Urcheck .... music coordinator
Dean Menta .... score engineer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Butch Chaney .... driver (as W. 'Butch' Chaney)
Nelson B. Conino .... driver
Richard A. Davis .... transportation co-coordinator (as Rick Davis)
Jerry Everett .... transportation captain
Davis Hawn .... driver: van
Davis Hawn .... picture car wrangler
Win Hershy .... driver: Location Catering Service
Jerry Jackson .... transportation coordinator
Jeremy Jaklevick .... driver
Duke Kuhn .... driver (as Bill 'Duke' Kuhn)
Dennis Monk .... driver
David J. Prestenback .... picture car production assistant
Al Sens .... driver
Robbie Stubblefield .... picture car production assistant
Other crew
Stephen Apostolina .... adr loop group (as Steve Apostolima)
Susie Blanchard .... set medic
Cheech Bradford .... insurance: AON/Albert G. Ruben Insurance
Tessa Brophy .... assistant production coordinator
Sam Chwat .... speech & dialect coach
Joseph Coble .... craft service (as Joseph L. Coble)
Lisa Cortes .... assistant: Mr. Daniels
Chris Cowart .... third man
Wendy Cutler .... adr loop group
G. 'Opey' Davis .... set production assistant
Albert T. Dickerson III .... completion bond: The Motion Picture Bond Company (as Al Dickerson)
Jake Donohoe .... post-production accountant: Lions Gate
Ryan Eustis .... office production assistant
Eddie Frierson .... adr loop group
Donald Fullilove .... adr loop group (as Don Fullilove)
Elisa Gabrielli .... adr loop group (as Elisa Gabrella)
Caleb Guillote .... payroll clerk
Kristin Hensley .... unit production assistant
Bill Hershey .... chef: Location Catering Service (as Billy Hershey)
Win Hershy .... chef: Location Catering Service
Kristin Scott Irving .... assistant: Mr. Thornton (as Kirstin Scott)
Alissa M. Kantrow .... production coordinator (as Alissa Miller Kantrow)
Daniel Katz .... assistant: Mr. Urman
Brian M. Kingman .... insurance: AON/Albert G. Ruben Insurance (as Brian Kingman)
Rosemary Lara .... assistant: Mr. Paseornek
Nikki Lawder .... business and legal affairs assistant: Lions Gate
Donna Lynn Leavy .... adr loop group (as Donna Lyn Levy)
Betty Lee .... production controller: Lions Gate
Danny Lee .... business and legal affairs assistant: Lions Gate
Wayne Levin .... executive vice president of business affairs: Lions Gate
Kelly Lofstrom .... business and legal affairs assistant: Lions Gate
Daniel MacArthur .... production assistant: Lions Gate
Mike Mahone .... production intern
Laurie May .... business and legal affairs: Lions Gate
Laurie May .... senior vice president: Lions Gate
Caitlin McKenna .... adr loop group leader (as Caitlin McKeena)
Robert M. Melnik .... vice president of business affairs: Lions Gate (as Robert Melnik)
Curtis A. Miller .... manager of production: Lions Gate
Mark Miller .... first assistant accountant
Paul Pape .... adr loop group
Jeff Joon Park .... business and legal affairs assistant: Lions Gate
Tonia Pound .... set production assistant
Leonard Reynolds .... key set production assistant
Terence Rosemore .... set production assistant
Sherman Shelton Jr. .... set production assistant (as Sherman Shelton)
Donna Sloan .... vice president of production: Lions Gate
Barry Steadman .... set production assistant
Cynthia Tanner .... office production assistant
Michael Taylor .... script supervisor
Arnold F. Turner .... adr loop group (as Arnold Turner)
Marco Umana .... security officer
Sharon Vise .... production accountant
Charlyn Ware .... manager of business and legal affairs: Lions Gate
Wise Wolfe .... set production assistant
Beverly Wood .... lab consultant (as The Amazing Beverly Wood)
Steve Zeigler .... assistant chef: Location Catering Service
Charlie French .... medic (uncredited)
Ted Kantrow .... caterer (uncredited)
Gary J. Sims .... payroll services (uncredited)
Paul Uddo .... production assistant (uncredited)
Peter Afterman .... thanks
Steve Alexander .... thanks
Stuart Baird .... thanks
Carol Sue Baker .... thanks
Chris Barrios .... thanks: operator, City of Kernner
Ralph Beaumont Jr. .... thanks: maintenance, City of Kernner
Owen Bly .... thanks
Michael Borne .... thanks: Laplace volunteer fire department
Les Boudreaux .... thanks: Laplace volunteer fire department
Robert Bourgeois .... thanks: Laplace volunteer fire department
Burl Cain .... thanks: warden, Louisiana State Penitentiary, Angola, GA
Guymon Casady .... thanks
Renée Chabria .... thanks
Donald Chaffin .... thanks: Henry County, GA (as Sheriff Donald Chaffin)
Gillian Harwood Chesse .... thanks
Louis J. Congemi .... thanks: mayor, City of Kernner
Bob Del Montegue .... thanks
Jeffery P. Dupuis .... thanks
Cassian Elwes .... thanks
Todd Feldman .... thanks
John Fogelman .... thanks
Cathy Fontenot .... thanks: Louisiana State Penitentiary, Angola, GA
Dominic Griffin .... thanks (as Dominick Griffin)
Mike Guillot .... thanks: fire captain, City of Kernner
Drew Hammond .... thanks
Todd Harris .... thanks
Paulette Hawkins .... thanks
Mack Hill .... thanks
M. Hopeloff .... thanks
R. Hopeloff .... thanks
Phil Huggins .... thanks
Randy Jurgensen .... thanks
Denise Kay .... thanks
Scott Lambert .... thanks
Eunice Lee .... thanks
Linda Lichter .... thanks
Pamela Lillis .... thanks
Tom Lopinski .... thanks
Gary Louris .... thanks
Blake Luminais .... thanks: Laplace volunteer fire department
Dennis Marchelle .... thanks
Dorothy Massi .... thanks
Kristine Moore .... thanks
Larry Musgrove .... thanks
J. David Nonaka .... thanks
Jill Olson .... thanks
Jonathan Palmer .... thanks
Dino Paredes .... thanks
June Perkins .... thanks
Poland Perkins .... thanks
Melanie Ramsayer .... thanks
Iggy Rosales .... thanks: operator, City of Kernner
Jeff Rosen .... thanks
Leora Rosenberg .... thanks
Sara Jane Sargent .... thanks
Phil Seifert .... thanks
Rebecca Shetler .... thanks: secretary, City of Kernner
Pam Springs .... thanks
Harley Toberman .... thanks
Nicole Trutanic .... thanks
Darrel Vannoy .... thanks: assistant warden, Louisiana State Penitentiary, Angola, GA
Chip Wale .... thanks: Laplace volunteer fire department
Stacy Wallen-McCarthy .... thanks (as Stacey Wallen-McCarthy)
Patrick Whalen .... thanks
Brian Young .... thanks: Laplace volunteer fire department
Michael Zito .... thanks: fire chief, City of Kernner
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for strong sexual content, language and violence (censored version)
111 min | USA:112 min (unrated director's cut)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Angela Bassett purportedly turned down the role of Leticia, stating "I wasn't going to be a prostitute on film..." However, Lions Gate Production President Michael Paseornek and the film's producer Lee Daniels rebut Bassett stating that she was never even offered the role, and was already committed to another film.See more »
Continuity: The blood stains on Leticia's shirt change between when she is first seen on the street and later when she is in the hospital.See more »
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100 out of 125 people found the following review useful.
Halle Berry's shining moment, 27 July 2002
Author: FlickJunkie-2 from Atlanta, GA

Independent filmmaking is alive and well and evident in Monster's Ball. This film had a minuscule $4 million budget, a terrific script and a director not afraid to take some risks. Billy Bob Thornton and Halle Berry practically donated their time they were paid so little. The result is a powerful and disturbing film that walked off with a boatload of awards, not the least of which was a best actress Oscar for Berry.

Director Marc Forster conjures a forceful presentation with stark sets, next to nothing in the way of props and other set decoration, and a non existent soundtrack. Forster does it with innovative use of the camera, sharp editing and most importantly excellent actor direction. Forster could have done better at character development and the ending is nebulous and unsatisfying, but these shortcomings can be partially forgiven for the films many assets.

This is an actors' showcase, with outstanding performances all around. Heath Ledger makes a short but intense appearance as the son that Hank (Billy Bob Thornton) despises. Ledger pumps the character full of repressed anger and disappointment, simultaneously resenting him and seeking his father's approval. Peter Boyle is despicable as Hank's bigoted and self centered father. Billy Bob Thornton delivers his best performance since `Sling Blade' with a complex character torn between his prejudices and his attraction to Leticia (Halle Berry).

Of course the big story here is Halle Berry. Berry shows once again that she is not just another pretty face. I first took serious notice of her after seeing her performance in `Introducing Dorothy Dandridge', a little seen TV movie in which she won both a Golden Globe and an Emmy. After that marvelous dramatic performance, I was surprised that she couldn't land roles any better than `Swordfish' and `X-Men', which tapped nothing more substantial than her looks.

In this film, Berry is sexy and alluring, but these are only incidental attributes. She displays a full range of emotions from vibrant elation and unbridled passion, to utter despondency. She practically rips her heart out and throws it at the camera. She can convey volumes with a single look, or come completely unglued with equal impact. Her Oscar for this performance was richly deserved and had nothing to do with her race as so many have rationalized. She just flat out won it going away. As good as Nicole Kidman was in `Moulin Rouge', it wasn't even close.

This is an excellent film that is worth seeing for the acting alone. I rated it a 9/10. It is a compelling and deeply disturbing drama that serious film lovers will surely enjoy.

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