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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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 29 wins & 25 nominations. See more awards »

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Gene / Stuttering "John"
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Cree Ivey ...
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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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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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$86,831, 28 December 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$34,469,210

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$64,240,813
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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 this film. She said that an actress that would allow a close-up 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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When the Grand Am crashes, the windshield wipers are on, then off, the on again between shots. 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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Featured in 10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2004) See more »

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Don't Stop Believin'
(1981)
Written by Steve Perry (as S. Perry), Jonathan Cain, Neal Schon (as Neal J. Schon)
Performed by Journey
Courtesy of Sony Music
Under License from Wixen Publishing
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For once the Academy got it right!
6 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

For once the Oscar went to the most deserving. I was not sure I wanted to see this movie, but after seeing a trailer I became curious and decided to check it out. Charlize Theron completely blew me away! She is barely recognizable and seems to be channeling Wuornos at some points. Patty Jenkins is to be highly complimented on her writing and directing skills also. Rarely have I been so moved by a film but this one simply cuts to the core and leaves you raw. Wuornos was obviously not well, yet Jenkins provides insightful monologues that allowed me to understand and sympathize for Wuornos. It is a sad and moving movie. Never have I felt so disturbed yet riveted by a movie such as this one.


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