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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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Patty Jenkins

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlize Theron ... Aileen
Christina Ricci ... Selby
Bruce Dern ... Thomas
Lee Tergesen ... Vincent Corey
Annie Corley ... Donna
Pruitt Taylor Vince ... Gene / Stuttering "John"
Marco St. John ... Evan / Undercover "John"
Marc Macaulay ... Will / Daddy "John"
Scott Wilson ... Horton / Last "John"
Rus Blackwell ... Cop
Tim Ware ... Chuck
Stephan Jones ... Lawyer
Brett Rice ... Charles
Kaitlin Riley Kaitlin Riley ... Teenage Aileen
Cree Ivey Cree Ivey ... 7-Year-Old Aileen
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Storyline

The true story of serial killer Aileen Wuornos 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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The first female serial killer of America See more »


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

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Details

Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 January 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Monster See more »

Filming Locations:

USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to Patty Jenkins, the movie was shot in twenty-eight days. As many as four scenes, or nine pages of script, were shot in one day. See more »

Goofs

When Aileen fills out a job application, she writes her name as "Wournos, Lee C." The correct spelling is "Wuornos." See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[narrating]
Aileen: I always wanted to be in the movies.
[pause]
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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Connections

Featured in The 2004 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Sugar and Spice
(1963)
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Performed by The Searchers
Courtesy of Sanctuary Records Group
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
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Hard and bleak story
6 October 2005 | by supah79See all my reviews

I had my reservations before watching this. I was sceptical cause of the buzz. Everyone was talking about the way Theron, "the most gorgeous woman alive", transformed herself into Aileen. A prostitute who killed several clients. I thought Theron was just looking for success, another ambitious actress wanting a gold statue. That director Jenkins had a reason to make the film didn't matter for me then.

But everyone involved in this film deserve the credit. Monster is gripping. It's a film that makes you feel almost every emotion you can think of: sadness, anger, compassion, wrath. It confuses you. Do you identify with Aileen or do you disapprove of her actions? I guess both. You despise her for killing the men. But the film challenges that. You can almost explain (and thus condone) her actions. I guess the one thing that stayed with me was that it occurred to me what it must feel like to be really and utterly alone in this world.


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