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Based on the life of Aileen Wuornos, a Daytona Beach prostitute who became a serial killer.

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A dark tale based on the true story of Aileen Wuornos, one of America's first female serial killers. Wuornos had a difficult and cruel childhood plagued by abuse and drug use in Michigan. She became a prostitute by the age of thirteen, the same year she became pregnant. She eventually moved to Florida where she began earning a living as a highway prostitute--servicing the desires of semi-truck drivers. The tale focuses on the nine month period between 1989 and 1990, during which Wuornos had a lesbian relationship with a woman named Selby. And during that very same time, she also began murdering her clientèle in order to get money without using sex. This turned the tables on a rather common phenomenon of female highway prostitutes being the victims of serial killers--instead Wuornos, herself, carried out the deeds of a cold-blooded killer. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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killer | prostitute | highway | money | beach | See more »

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

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30 January 2004 (USA)  »

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$4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$661,783 (Italy) (30 April 2004)

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£2,435,557 (UK) (11 June 2004)
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Patty Jenkins has said that she knew Charlize Theron was perfect for the role of Aileen Wuornos when she awoke to a scene of The Devil's Advocate (1997) on television. Jenkins at the time was writing her film Monster. She said that an actress that would allow a closeup of her nose running, as Theron did, would be open enough to pull off the challenging role of Wuornos. See more »

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After the interview with the lawyer, Aileen Wuornos and Selby are at a bar, and Aileen asks them to run a tab. They each have one beer bottle in front of them. Suddenly, they have 2 bottles in front of them. See more »

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Version of Overkill: The Aileen Wuornos Story (1992) See more »

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Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)
(1973)
Written by Gary Glitter, Mike Leander
Performed by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts (as Joan Jett and The Blackhearts)
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Gripping but incredibly depressing
14 February 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Based on a true story this movie is about Ailen Wuornos, a prostitute, who killed quite a few men who she "serviced". She was convicted in 1990 and executed in 2002.

She's played by Charlize Theron who's just incredible. It starts off just before she began murdering men and has met Selby (Christina Ricci), an adorable lesbian who loves her. It basically chronicles their relationship and what led Wuornos to kill these men. Also she reaccounts her childhood and how she became a prostitute. It's more than a little depressing--it's a tragic story of a beaten woman who saw murder as the only way out. Only three murders are shown and that's more than enough. The violence is not glorified--it's bloody and sick and one is the most harrowing thing I've seen in years. What's so fascinating (and scary) about this film is that I actually began to sympathize with Wuornos! While I could never condone her actions you can see clearly what led her to it. This is a rare film--it makes a serial killer look sympathetic.

Theron is a wonder in this--she became Wuornos (who was very unattractive). She gained weight, shaved off her eyebrows, colored her hair, used contacts and dentures to change her appearance completely. Never once did I think I was seeing Theron acting--she BECAME Wuornos. A great performance--she'll easily get the Oscar for this one. Ricci is also good here. She's been ignored in the press but she nicely underplays the role of Selby and is a perfect contrast to Theron's acting. Also nice to see Bruce Dern in a small role.

Music is used very effectively here. They play songs of the time it took place (1980s) so you know when this is happening and also nicely complements the actions on screen (especially with Journey's "Don't Stop Believing").

A very good movie but a very depressing one. Proceed at your own risk.


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