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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Aileen
... Selby
... Thomas
... Vincent Corey
... Donna
... Gene / Stuttering "John"
... Evan / Undercover "John"
... Will / Daddy "John"
... Horton / Last "John"
... Cop
... Chuck
... Lawyer
... Charles
Kaitlin Riley ... Teenage Aileen
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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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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Reese Witherspoon campaigned for the lead role. See more »

Goofs

When Aileen leaves the bus station, the bus drives about 30 feet past the building. In the next shot, when Aileen walks toward Selby, the bus is driving away again. See more »

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[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

Referenced in Gilmore Girls: The Incredible Sinking Lorelais (2004) See more »

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Where Do I Begin
(1997)
Written by Tom Rowlands (as Thomas Owen Rowlands), Ed Simons (as Edmund John Simons)
Performed by The Chemical Brothers
(Featuring Beth Orton)
Courtesy of Virgin Records Ltd./Astralwerks
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises, Amplitude Music, EMI Film & Television Music
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Unbelievable
25 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

This movie really helped me to begin my own healing. I, to a small degree, relate to the lead. I am a rape survivor (as a toddler and a college student), it stirred up so many feelings that I've experienced. My innocence is gone... why not try to make some money while re-claiming my sexuality? And of course, I've had a problem with viewing all men as perverts. But she did come across men that were actually wanting to help her -- I wish that could have turned her around the way one man helped me come around. And I'm so lucky to have him. I'm so glad that I chose to see this movie. I hope others can be as positively impacted by this film as I was.


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