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Monster (2003)

R  |   |  Biography, Crime, Drama  |  30 January 2004 (USA)
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Based on the life of Aileen Wuornos, a Daytona Beach prostitute who became a serial killer.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gene / Stuttering "John"
Evan / Undercover "John"
Will / Daddy "John"
Horton / Last "John"
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Kaitlin Riley ...
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The true story of serial killer Aileen Wuernos who was convicted of luring men to their death and eventually executed in 2002. In 1989, she was working as a prostitute and finally makes a friend when she meets and begins a relationship with a young woman, Selby. Determined to straighten out her life, she tries to find legitimate work but with little education and limited social skills, she fails at every turn. She starts working as a hooker hitching rides along the local interstate highway and after robbing a few clients has an encounter with a vicious client whom she kills in self-defense. After that however she just takes to killing clients taking their money and car. Once arrested she claims self-defense but is eventually convicted. Written by garykmcd

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Biography | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

30 January 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Monster: Asesina en serie  »

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Box Office


$4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$86,831 (USA) (26 December 2003)


£2,435,557 (UK) (11 June 2004)

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Did You Know?


Kate Winslet was the original choice for the role of Aileen Wuornos. See more »


After Selby returns from the gay bar, Aileen confronts her in the kitchen. Two loaves of bread are on the second shelf in the cabinet. In the next shot, with the camera behind Selby, there is nothing on the shelf. A purse is missing from the counter. See more »


[first lines]
Aileen: I always wanted to be in the movies.
Aileen: When I was little I thought for sure that one day, I could be a big, big star. Or maybe just beautiful... beautiful and rich, like the women on TV. Yeah, I had a lot of dreams. And I guess you can call me a real romantic, because I truly believe that one day, they'll come true. So I dreamed about it for hours. As the years went by, I learnt to stop sharing them with people. They said I was dreaming. But back then, I believed it...
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Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.22 (2011) See more »


Flirtin' With Disaster
Written by Danny Joe Brown, David Lawrence Hlubek, Banner Harvey Thomas
Performed by Molly Hatchet
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Extraordinary performances.
20 October 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I watched this on video and was completely blown away. I thought Charlize Theron's performance as Aileen was extraordinary, not simply in the scenes with the men (especially the "last john", when she has to shut herself off from the humanity of the man she is about to kill) and in generally suggesting an increasingly out of control personality, but in the scenes with Shelby (Christina Ricci), right up to her near-breakdown when she is putting Shelby on the bus. Despite adverse comments from other reviewers, I consider Christina Ricci's portrayal of Shelby equally remarkable, conveying childlike naivety, seductiveness, stubbornness and growing manipulativeness very well. They dominate the film between them, but the supporting performances are fine also. I gave this 10 out of 10.

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