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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

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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?


The gun used by Charlize Theron in this movie, was sold at a Beverly Hills pawn shop for $4,500. See more »


At the beginning of the film, Lee is sitting under an overpass of a major Interstate. Many of the cars passing by from when the film was made, not when it was set. 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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Spoofed in Saturday Night Live: Drew Barrymore/Kelis (2004) See more »


Keep On Lovin' You
(aka "Keep On Loving You")
Written by Kevin Cronin (as Kevin Patrick Cronin, Jr.)
Performed by REO Speedwagon
Courtesy of Sony Music 1985
Under License from Hori-Pro Entertainment Group
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Brilliant film; extraordinary, moving performance
13 October 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I just saw again Monster, followed by Nick Broomfield's gripping documentary on Aileen Wuornos, and what a brilliant film it is. It sort of reminded me of the kind of movies they used to make in the '70s, where the characters were really the center and they weren't trapped by formulas or by the self-indulgency of the director or the actors. The characters aren't judged, but they're shown with their humanity. With empathy. The result is not your usual indie movie that tries to be hip, or a sugar-coated version of this tragic story with an answer for everything and a nice confortable message in the end, but a truly moving and absorbing film that focuses on the people whose story is telling. At the core there's the amazing performance from Charlize Theron, who's deserving of all the praises and the awards she got. Her work is powerful, subtle, moving and layered. It's incredible to watch Broomfield's documentary, after seeing the film. Sometimes it really seems like watching the same person. It's not only that she recreated her mannerism, which she did perfectly, she's also, somehow, got her energy, as a person. She got to the emotional reasons as to why Aileen's mannerism was like that. In short: an extraordinary performance and a powerful film.

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