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Monster's Ball (2001)

R | | Drama, Romance | 1 March 2002 (USA)
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After a family tragedy, a racist prison guard reexamines his attitudes while falling in love with the African American wife of the last prisoner he executed.

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Won 1 Oscar. Another 14 wins & 22 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Hank Grotowski
Taylor Simpson ... Lucille
Gabrielle Witcher ... Betty
... Sonny Grotowski
Amber Rules ... Vera
... Buck Grotowski
Charles Cowan Jr. ... Willie Cooper
Taylor LaGrange ... Darryl Cooper
... Ryrus Cooper (as Mos Def)
Anthony Bean ... Dappa Smith
... Georgia Ann Paynes
... Harvey Shoonmaker
... Phil Huggins
... Tommy Roulaine
Leah Loftin ... Booter
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Storyline

Set in the Southern United States, 'Monster's Ball' is a tale of a racist white man, Hank, who falls in love with a black woman named Leticia. Ironically Hank is a prison guard working on Death Row who executed Leticia's husband. Hank and Leticia's interracial affair leads to confusion and new ideas for the two unlikely lovers. Written by Anna <annachan@amazon.com>

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A lifetime of change can happen in a single moment.

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Drama | Romance

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

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1 March 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El pasado nos condena  »

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Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$174,109, 30 December 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$31,252,964, 2 June 2002
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2.35 : 1
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The movie was named as one of "The 20 Most Overrated Movies of All Time" by Premiere. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 29 mins) The cigarette that Leticia gives Buck disappears and reappears between shots. See more »

Quotes

Hank Grotowski: What's that? Some kinda... some kinda annual... school annual or something?"
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Crazy Credits

Thanks to Sam, Austin, Gabrielle. Scott Lambert is thanked twice. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Mobster's Ball (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

I Couldn't Love You (More Than I Do Now)
Performed by Jean Wells
Written by Jean Wells
Published by IZA Music Corporation (BMI)
Courtesy of Sugarooi
Licensed by The Clyde Otis Music Group
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A very human tale of redemption
12 June 2002 | by See all my reviews

"Monster's Ball" tells of a white man and a black woman in the rural South coming together through desperate human need; each suffering grief, guilt, remorse, and misery. A slow, plodding drama with rumbling racial undercurrents, the film tells a simple story, though not uneventful, with finely nuanced performances, especially by Berry who earned her keep and kudos. Recommended for mature audiences into serious drama.


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