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Monster's Ball -- MONSTER'S BALL is a hard-hitting Southern drama tempered by a story of powerful life-changing love. It is the story of Hank (Academy Award winner , Billy Bob Thornton), an embittered prison guard working on Death Row who begins an unlikely but emotionally charged affair with Leticia (Academy Award winner , Halle Berry), the wife of a man under his watch on The Row.
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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 »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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A harrowing, daring film. One of the year's best. **** (out of four) See more (517 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Billy Bob Thornton ... Hank Grotowski

Halle Berry ... Leticia Musgrove
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
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)

T.J. Toups ... Waffle House Patron (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
Mary Burton .... makeup artist: Ms. Berry
Carla Chao .... assistant makeup artist
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 Le Blanc .... 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 .... sound 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 .... sound 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 .... sound re-recording mixer
Gayle Wesley .... additional sound
Shayna Brown .... sound 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
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
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
David Ross McCarty .... location manager
Jessica Seifert McCarty .... location assistant
Caitlin McKenna-Wilkinson .... 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
Kristin Scott .... assistant: Mr. Thornton (as Kirstin Scott)
M. Gerard Sellers .... location scout (as Gerard Sellers)
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 .... assistant location manager
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)
E. Michael Hewett .... location scout: North Carolina (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)
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(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 »
Continuity: (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 »
Hank Grotowski:I wanna take care of you.
Leticia Musgrove:Good. Cuz' I need to be taken care of.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Salon (2005)See more »
I'm Your ManSee more »


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88 out of 118 people found the following review useful.
A harrowing, daring film. One of the year's best. **** (out of four), 3 February 2002

MONSTER'S BALL / (2001) **** (out of four)

When I finish reading a great book, I don't close it right away. Treasuring the story's emotional grasp, I just sit there and hold it for a minute, enthralled, sensing the character's lives are continuing even as I put the book away.

"Monster's Ball" is a similar experience. The film contains so much truth, vigor, and so many harrowing moments, I just stared at the screen through the ending credits. Even after a second viewing the conviction did not diminish. It really says something about a movie when you know what happens and you're equally as mesmerized every time you watch it.

Most movies about depravity are really about entertainment, but director Marc Forster avoids preachy speeches, big sappy moments, and melodramatic music. Even during the movie's most important scenes, Forster does not overplay the material. He knows that careful, quiet dialogue, and long, silent pauses speak louder than lengthy emotional summaries.

Consider a scene where a character checks his father into an old folk's home. It does not feature long good-byes or conclusive hugs. Instead, it projects unflinching, raw emotion. "You must love him very much," reassures an attendant to the character who replies, "No I don't, but he is my father…"

The character, Hank, is played by Billy Bob Thornton, who makes his Academy Award-winning performance in "Sling Blade" look like SNL material. Hank, bitter and racist, lives in a Southern country house with his son, Sonny (Heath Ledger), and father (Peter Boyle).

Hank and Sonny work as prison guards on death row. Sonny desperately wants out of the family business, especially after an unpleasant emotional reaction to the latest execution. When Hank explodes at him for his mistake, Sonny teaches his father a lesson he will never forget.

The film eventually becomes a story about the relationship between Hank and the widow of the man he has just executed. She's played by Halle Barry, who was paid an extra one-million dollars for doing an extended sex scene completely nude. This is a gradual, yet sudden relationship that is not based on physical attraction or love, but emotional need and depravity.

Forster makes interesting editing choices. During certain scenes, he cuts back and forth between separate occurrences while the central action fills the soundtrack. Especially unique is how he handles a sex scene. While two characters engage in some of the most graphic stimulated sex of last year, Forster flashes images of a caged bird before us. A metaphor of shattered innocence or repressed emotion, perhaps?

Actually, Forster fills "Monster's Ball" with metaphors, including the title itself. He even includes a moving soundtrack of timid rhythms and sudden beats, symbolizing the characters complex states of mind. Forster's haunting, daring feature reminds us why we all love the movies.

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