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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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Box Office

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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Trivia

Milo Addica: (writer) (at around 19 mins) the prison guard Tommy, who leads the group in prayer and tells the others that Lawrence Musgrove likes to draw because it calms him down. See more »

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Credits list special thanks to Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, Georgia (not Louisiana). See more »

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Warden Velesco: Lawrence Musgrove, do you have anything you'd like to say?
Lawrence Musgrove: [after a pause he shakes his head] Push da button.
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Thanks to Sam, Austin, Gabrielle. Scott Lambert is thanked twice. See more »

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Referenced in Jackass 3.5 (2011) See more »

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Broken Up and Blue
(1998)
Performed by Red Meat
Written by Jill Olson
Published by Olson Girl Publishing (ASCAP)
Administered by Bug Music, Inc.
Courtesy of Ranchero Records
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Far More Than Just That Sex Scene
27 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

This movie was not a big favorite with audiences and I figured I would be among the majority on this one......but I wasn't - I like this film. In fact, I liked it even better on the second viewing.

I found it to be one of those rare movies that deals with racism that doesn't come on too heavy-handed with all the political correctness nonsense. It handled the problem intelligently, I thought.

The cinematographer, Robert Schaefer, did a terrific job with this, too, and that is another reason I have come to really enjoy this film. The visuals - and the audio - are outstanding.

None of the characters are particularly likable but I thought Billy Bob Thornton's "Hank Grotowski" was so interesting a character that I concentrated more on that than whether I liked him or not. However, I wound up liking him, anyway, and boy, did his character change in this film. There is a steamy sex scene in here with Billy Bob and Halle Barry that was quite the talk when the film was released. I didn't think it was all that it was made out to be. I've seen steamier moments such as Alec Baldwin and Kim Bassinger going at it in the non-rated version of "The Getaway."

Overall, this a rough film in spots but I think it is a solid, underrated drama that offers far more than the "celebrated" sex scene. This is a well-made movie.


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