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Monster (2003)

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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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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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30 January 2004 (USA)  »

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Monster: Asesina en serie  »

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$4,500,000 (estimated)

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

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£2,435,557 (UK) (11 June 2004)
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At the beginning of the film, Lee tells Selby that she has a "pressure cleaning" business. The real Aileen Wuornos mentions in the 1992 documentary "The Selling of a Serial Killer" that she bought an expensive pressure cleaning kit for her former lover. Soon after, not only the girl left Aileen, but also took the expensive kit with her. See more »

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The taxi that drops off Selby when she picks up her clothes is a 1993 Crown Victoria See more »

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[first lines]
[narrating]
Aileen: I always wanted to be in the movies.
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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 Wikus and Charlize (2010) See more »

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All She Wants Is
(1988)
Written by Nick Rhodes (as Nicholas James Bates), John Taylor (as John Nigel Taylor)
Performed by Duran Duran
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Used by Permission of Colgems-EMI Music Inc./EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
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Theron's Performance Makes It Worth A Look
11 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was not an easy movie to like but I was so enthralled at Charlize Theron's makeover and performance that it took center stage over the story.

Theron's physical transformation from the incredibly beautiful woman she is to hard-and-rough looking serial killer Aileen Wournos was just amazing. More than that, I appreciated her effort here, not just with all the makeup but all the mannerisms, the way she walked, moved her head, speech inflection....everything. She was worth the price of the film and I felt the same way after the second viewing months later.

The story is a sordid one, filled with a lot of f-words, so be ready for that if you haven't seen it and wondered about the language. It's very rough. It also includes a lesbian relationship between the two main characters, a relationship I have yet to find that anyone found appealing, frankly.

I may not be able to recommend the movie for its story but if you want to see an actress really step out of her element and give a great performance, check it out. My guess is that you'll either really like this film or hate it.


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