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Monster's Ball ()


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After a family tragedy, a racist prison guard re-examines his attitudes while falling in love with the African-American wife of the last prisoner he executed.

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Hank Grotowski
Taylor Simpson ...
Lucille
Gabrielle Witcher ...
Betty
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Sonny Grotowski
Amber Rules ...
Vera
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Buck Grotowski
Charles Cowan Jr. ...
Willie Cooper
Taylor LaGrange ...
Darryl Cooper
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Ryrus Cooper (as Mos Def)
Anthony Bean ...
Dappa Smith
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Georgia Ann Paynes
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Harvey Shoonmaker
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Phil Huggins
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Tommy Roulaine
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Booter
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Leticia Musgrove
Coronji Calhoun ...
Tyrell Musgrove
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Lawrence Musgrove (as Sean Combs)
Larry Lee ...
Co #1
Troy Poret ...
Co #2
Paul Smith ...
Co #3
Marshall Cain ...
Correction Officer
Will Rokos ...
Warden Velesco
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Billy
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Minister
Dennis Clements ...
Clements
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Nurse
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Hospital Guard
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Detective
Clara Hopkins Daniels ...
Maggie Cooper (as Clara Infinity Daniels)
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Ms. Guillermo
Bernard Johnson ...
Deputy Jones
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hulon E. Crayton II ...
Orderly (uncredited)
Jeanette Kontomitras ...
Tyrell's School Teacher (uncredited)
Earl Maddox ...
Patron (uncredited)
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ER Doctor (uncredited)

Directed by

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Marc Forster

Written by

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Milo Addica ... (written by) &
Will Rokos ... (written by)

Produced by

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Milo Addica ... co-producer
Michael Burns ... executive producer
Lee Daniels ... producer
Eric Kopeloff ... co-producer / line producer
Michael Paseornek ... executive producer
Will Rokos ... co-producer
Mark Urman ... executive producer

Music by

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Asche & Spencer ... (as Asche and Spencer)
Chris Beaty ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by

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Roberto Schaefer ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Matt Chesse ... (as Matt Chessé)

Editorial Department

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John Homesley ... assistant editor
Meagan James ... first assistant editor
Richard Jordan ... executive in charge of post-production
Larry Manke ... telecine colorist (as Larry P. Manke)
Frank Moshier ... post-production coordinator
Harry Muller ... color timer

Casting By

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Kerry Barden
Mark Bennett
Suzanne Crowley
Billy Hopkins

Production Design by

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Monroe Kelly

Art Direction by

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Leonard R. Spears ... (as Leonard Spears)

Set Decoration by

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Leonard R. Spears ... (uncredited)

Costume Design by

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Frank L. Fleming ... (as Frank Fleming)

Makeup Department

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Brian Badie ... hair stylist
Carla Brenholtz ... assistant makeup artist (as Carla Chao)
Mary Burton ... makeup artist: Ms. Berry
Sterfon Demings ... hair stylist: Ms. Berry
Lynne K. Eagan ... makeup artist: Mr. Thornton (as Lynne Eagan)
Allison Gordin ... makeup artist
Joani Yarbrough ... hair stylist: Mr. Thornton
Carol F. Doran ... wig maker (uncredited)

Production Management

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Robert Ortiz ... unit production manager (as Rob Ortiz)
Carl Pedregal ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Batou Chandler ... second second assistant director
Michael Lerman ... first assistant director
James Roque ... second assistant director (as James Roque Jr.)

Art Department

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Peter Bankins ... prop master
Michael Blum ... props production assistant
Mary Frances Eglin ... art department coordinator (as Mary Frances Elgin)
David Erwin ... on-set dresser
Daniel Fox ... set dresser
Holly Goline ... assistant property master
Kristin Hensley ... artwork: Lawrence Musgrove
Leo Lauricella ... carpenter
Vince LeBlanc ... leadman (as Vince Leblanc)
Genevieve Leyh ... assistant scenic
Danny Nick ... swing
John Patterson ... carpenter
Eric William Pierson ... set dresser (as Eric Pierson)
Stuart Rankine ... props production assistant
Russell Slaughter ... swing
Chuck Stringer ... construction coordinator (as George 'Chuck' Stringer)
Steve Walters ... charge scenic

Sound Department

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Jimmy 'Coach' Armstrong ... boom operator
Rick Ash ... re-recording mixer (as Rick Ashe)
Weldon Brown ... adr mixer
Zane D. Bruce ... foley artist (as Zane Bruce)
Patrick Cabral ... foley editor (as Pat Cabral)
Joe Earle ... re-recording mixer
Lisle Engle ... sound editor
Jeffrey Haupt ... additional sound mixer
Trevor Jolly ... adr editor / dialogue editor
Michael Kamper ... sound designer
Diane Lucas ... adr recordist
Jennifer L. Mann ... foley editor (as Jennifer Mann)
Glenn T. Morgan ... supervising sound designer / supervising sound editor
Hugh Murphy ... digital assistant
Jeff Pullman ... sound mixer
Steve Ralsten ... additional sound (as Steve Ralston)
Brian Ruberg ... foley mixer
David Ruth ... adr editor / dialogue editor
Joseph T. Sabella ... foley artist (as Joseph Sabella)
Greg Steele ... adr mixer
Patrick Stoltz ... additional sound (as Pat Stoltz)
Kim Waugh ... additional sound
Drew Webster ... re-recording mixer
Gayle Wesley ... additional sound
Shayna Brown ... adr recordist (uncredited)
Chato Hill ... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Eric Lamb ... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Carrie Lisonbee ... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Michael McNerney ... adr recordist (uncredited)
Angie Stanghetti ... additional adr recordist (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Brian Bankston ... special effects production assistant
Edward Bankston ... special effects assistant
David K. Nami ... special effects coordinator (as David Nami)
William A. Nami ... special effects assistant
Glen Palmisano ... special effects production assistant

Visual Effects by

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Colleen Duffy ... visual effects producer: SOL designfx
M.B. Emigh ... main title design: SOL designfx (as MB Emigh)
Michael Hatcher ... digital artist: SOL designfx
Jeff Heusser ... digital compositing supervisor: SOL designfx
Steven Emmert ... optical compositor: THDX (uncredited)
Jim Gorman ... digital compositor (uncredited)
Reid Paul ... digital effects supervisor (uncredited)

Stunts

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Danny Cosmo ... utility stunts
Harry Harris III ... stunt coordinator (as Harry Harris)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Bob Bates ... electrician
Paul Beard ... company grip
Jeanne-Louise Bulliard ... publicity photographer (as Jeanne Louise Bulliard)
Rufus Burnam ... thanks: The Camera House (as Rufus Burnham)
Buddy Carr ... dolly grip
Gilly Charbonnet ... key grip
Chris Ekstrom ... company grip (as Christopher Eckstrom)
Sean Finnegan ... electrician (as Sean Funnegan)
Matthew Gaumer ... second assistant camera (as Matt Gaumer)
Jason Goodowens ... company grip
Jerry M. Jacob ... Steadicam operator
Francis James ... director of photography: second unit
Vic Keatley ... best boy electric (as Victor Keatly)
Paul T. LeBlanc ... 24 frame video operator (as Paul T. Leblanc)
Ian Lynch ... first assistant camera: second unit
Mike McLaughlin ... gaffer
P.K. Munson ... first assistant camera (as Peter Kerr 'P.K.' Munson)
Mike 'Chewie' Pappas ... electrician (as Chewie Pappas)
Michael L. Smith ... electrician (as Mike Smith)
Joe Uddo ... camera production assistant
Lynda Vincent ... film loader
Ralph Watson ... Steadicam operator
Don W. Wegner ... best boy grip (as Don Wegner)
Roberto Schaefer ... camera operator (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Donna Chance ... costume supervisor
Dana Embree ... additional set costumer
Caroline Eselin ... set costumer
Meagan McLaughlin ... wardrobe production assistant
Severin Serafini ... costume stylist
Giselle Spence ... seamstress

Location Management

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David Ross McCarty ... location manager
Jessica Seifert McCarty ... location assistant
M. Gerard Sellers ... location scout (as Gerard Sellers)
Marco Umana ... assistant location manager
E. Michael Hewett ... location scout: North Carolina (uncredited)

Music Department

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Asche & Spencer ... song producer: "I'm Your Man" (as Asche and Spencer)
Bob DeMaa ... music mixer
Joel C. High ... music supervisor
Stephanie Lynn Urcheck ... music coordinator
Dean Menta ... score engineer (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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Michael Taylor ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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Walker 'Butch' Chaney ... driver (as W. 'Butch' Chaney)
Nelson B. Conino ... driver
Richard A. Davis ... transportation co-coordinator (as Rick Davis)
Jerry Everett ... transportation captain
Davis Hawn ... driver: van / picture car wrangler
Win Hershy ... driver: Location Catering Service
Jerry Jackson ... transportation coordinator
Jeremy Jaklevick ... driver
Duke Kuhn ... driver (as Bill 'Duke' Kuhn)
Dennis Monk ... driver
David J. Prestenback ... picture car production assistant
Al Sens ... driver
Robbie Stubblefield ... picture car production assistant

Other crew

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Stephen Apostolina ... adr loop group (as Steve Apostolima)
Susie Blanchard ... set medic
Cheech Bradford ... insurance: AON/Albert G. Ruben Insurance
Tessa Brophy ... assistant production coordinator
Sam Chwat ... speech & dialect coach
Joseph Coble ... craft service (as Joseph L. Coble)
Lisa Cortes ... assistant: Mr. Daniels
Chris Cowart ... third man
Wendy Cutler ... adr loop group
G. 'Opey' Davis ... set production assistant
Albert T. Dickerson III ... completion bond: The Motion Picture Bond Company (as Al Dickerson)
Jake Donohoe ... post-production accountant: Lions Gate
Ryan Eustis ... office production assistant
Eddie Frierson ... adr loop group
Donald Fullilove ... adr loop group (as Don Fullilove)
Elisa Gabrielli ... adr loop group (as Elisa Gabrella)
Caleb Guillote ... payroll clerk
Kristin Hensley ... unit production assistant
Bill Hershey ... chef: Location Catering Service (as Billy Hershey)
Win Hershy ... chef: Location Catering Service
Kristin Scott Irving ... assistant: Mr. Thornton (as Kirstin Scott)
Alissa M. Kantrow ... production coordinator (as Alissa Miller Kantrow)
Daniel Katz ... assistant: Mr. Urman
Brian M. Kingman ... insurance: AON/Albert G. Ruben Insurance (as Brian Kingman)
Rosemary Lara ... assistant: Mr. Paseornek
Nikki Lawder ... business and legal affairs assistant: Lions Gate
Donna Lynn Leavy ... adr loop group (as Donna Lyn Levy)
Betty Lee ... production controller: Lions Gate
Danny Lee ... business and legal affairs assistant: Lions Gate
Wayne Levin ... executive vice president of business affairs: Lions Gate
Kelly Lofstrom ... business and legal affairs assistant: Lions Gate
Daniel MacArthur ... production assistant: Lions Gate
Mike Mahone ... production intern
Laurie May ... business and legal affairs: Lions Gate / senior vice president: Lions Gate
Caitlin McKenna ... adr loop group leader (as Caitlin McKeena)
Robert M. Melnik ... vice president of business affairs: Lions Gate (as Robert Melnik)
Curtis A. Miller ... manager of production: Lions Gate
Mark Miller ... first assistant accountant
Paul Pape ... adr loop group
Jeff Joon Park ... business and legal affairs assistant: Lions Gate
Tonia Pound ... set production assistant
Leonard Reynolds ... key set production assistant
Terence Rosemore ... set production assistant
Sherman Shelton Jr. ... set production assistant (as Sherman Shelton)
Donna Sloan ... vice president of production: Lions Gate
Barry Steadman ... set production assistant
Cynthia Tanner ... office production assistant
Arnold F. Turner ... adr loop group (as Arnold Turner)
Marco Umana ... security officer
Sharon Vise ... production accountant
Charlyn Ware ... manager of business and legal affairs: Lions Gate
Wise Wolfe ... set production assistant
Beverly Wood ... lab consultant (as The Amazing Beverly Wood)
Steve Zeigler ... assistant chef: Location Catering Service
Charlie French ... medic (uncredited)
Ted Kantrow ... caterer (uncredited)
Rodney Saulsberry ... adr/voice talent (uncredited)
Gary J. Sims ... payroll services (uncredited)
Immanuel Spira ... completion bond: The Motion Picture Bond Company (uncredited)
Paul Uddo ... production assistant (uncredited)

Thanks

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Peter Afterman ... thanks
Steve Alexander ... thanks
Stuart Baird ... thanks
Carol Sue Baker ... thanks
Chris Barrios ... thanks: operator, City of Kernner
Ralph Beaumont Jr. ... thanks: maintenance, City of Kernner
Owen Bly ... thanks
Michael Borne ... thanks: Laplace volunteer fire department
Les Boudreaux ... thanks: Laplace volunteer fire department
Robert Bourgeois ... thanks: Laplace volunteer fire department
Burl Cain ... thanks: warden, Louisiana State Penitentiary, Angola, GA
Guymon Casady ... thanks
Renée Chabria ... thanks
Donald Chaffin ... thanks: Henry County, GA (as Sheriff Donald Chaffin)
Gillian Harwood Chesse ... thanks
Louis J. Congemi ... thanks: mayor, City of Kernner
Bob Del Montegue ... thanks
Jeffery P. Dupuis ... thanks
Cassian Elwes ... thanks
Todd Feldman ... thanks
John Fogelman ... thanks
Cathy Fontenot ... thanks: Louisiana State Penitentiary, Angola, GA
Dominic Griffin ... thanks (as Dominick Griffin)
Mike Guillot ... thanks: fire captain, City of Kernner
Drew Hammond ... thanks
Todd Harris ... thanks
Paulette Hawkins ... thanks
Mack Hill ... thanks
M. Hopeloff ... thanks
R. Hopeloff ... thanks
Phil Huggins ... thanks
Randy Jurgensen ... thanks
Denise Kay ... thanks
Scott Lambert ... thanks
Eunice Lee ... thanks
Linda Lichter ... thanks
Pamela Lillis ... thanks
Tom Lopinski ... thanks
Gary Louris ... thanks
Blake Luminais ... thanks: Laplace volunteer fire department
Dennis Marchelle ... thanks
Dorothy Massi ... thanks
Kristine Moore ... thanks
Larry Musgrove ... thanks
J. David Nonaka ... thanks
Jill Olson ... thanks
Jonathan Palmer ... thanks
Dino Paredes ... thanks
June Perkins ... thanks
Poland Perkins ... thanks
Melanie Ramsayer ... thanks
Iggy Rosales ... thanks: operator, City of Kernner
Jeff Rosen ... thanks
Leora Rosenberg ... thanks
Sara Jane Sargent ... thanks
Phil Seifert ... thanks
Simone Sheffield ... thanks
Rebecca Shetler ... thanks: secretary, City of Kernner
Pam Springs ... thanks
Harley Toberman ... thanks
Nicole Trutanic ... thanks
Darrel Vannoy ... thanks: assistant warden, Louisiana State Penitentiary, Angola, GA
Chip Wale ... thanks: Laplace volunteer fire department
Stacy Wallen-McCarthy ... thanks (as Stacey Wallen-McCarthy)
Patrick Whalen ... thanks
Brian Young ... thanks: Laplace volunteer fire department
Michael Zito ... thanks: fire chief, City of Kernner
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines A lifetime of change can happen in a single moment. See more »
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Also Known As
  • À l'ombre de la haine (France)
  • Le bal du monstre (Canada, French title)
  • Бал монструма (Serbia)
  • Puterea dragostei (Romania)
  • El pasado nos condena (Venezuela)
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Runtime
  • 111 min
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Box Office

Budget $4,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $133,208, 04 Jan 2002

Did You Know?

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Trivia As part of his research for the film, director Marc Forster actually sat in an electric chair and was horrified to see the nail marks that the electrocuted prisoners had involuntarily scratched into the wood. See more »
Goofs Throughout the movie there are conflicting references to its being set in Louisiana, Mississippi, or Georgia. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring/Monster's Ball/Joe Somebody/Ali (2001). See more »
Soundtracks Broken Up and Blue See more »
Crazy Credits Thanks to Sam, Austin, Gabrielle. Scott Lambert is thanked twice. See more »
Quotes Sonny Grotowski: You hate me. You hate me, don't you? Answer me! You hate me don't you!
Hank Grotowski: Yes, I hate you. Always have.
Sonny Grotowski: Well I've always loved you.
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