DVD 109 mins IMDB 7.4 (16,931 votes)
R
Monster
Newmarket Films (2003)
In Collection
#72

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(2004 )
Crime, Drama
USA  /  English

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
Robb Chamberlain Justy
Bubba Baker Cubby
Tim Ware Chuck
Stephan Jones Lawyer
Brett Rice Charles
Kaitlin Riley Teenage Aileen
Cree Ivey 7-Year-Old Aileen

Director Patty Jenkins
Producer Mark Damon; Donald Kushner; Clark Peterson; Charlize Theron; Brad Wyman
Writer Patty Jenkins
Cinematography Steven Bernstein
Musician BT
User Credit 1 Arthur Coburn; Jane Kurson
User Credit 2 Rhona Meyers

Model-turned-actress Charlize Theron leaves her glamorous image behind for this gritty drama, in which she plays a disturbed prostitute who becomes a serial killer. Aileen Wuornos (Theron) was a woman who survived a brutal and abusive childhood in Michigan to become a thick-skinned but emotionally damaged adult. Homeless most of her life, Wuornos subsisted by working as a street prostitute; later, when she was in Florida, down to her last five dollars and pondering suicide, she stopped into a bar for a beer. There, Aileen met Selby Wall (Christina Ricci), a woman in her early twenties who had been sent to live with relatives after her Christian parents became aware of her lesbian lifestyle. Selby is immediately attracted to Aileen, and while Aileen tells Selby she's never been in a lesbian relationship, she soon finds herself equally infatuated with her. Selby runs away from her family and moves into a cheap hotel with Aileen, who initially pays the bills by hooking. However, as their money runs low and Aileen finds herself unable to land a regular job, tensions mount between the two. One night, after a john attacks her, Aileen pulls a gun and kills the man. Although her first murder can be categorized as self-defense, Aileen's loathing for the men who pay her for sex becomes so extreme that she begins killing her customers regardless of their behavior. Meanwhile, Selby slowly becomes aware of the full extent of her lover's instability and the bloody consequences of her actions. Monster was inspired by the true story of Aileen Wuornos, whose life and death was chronicled in two documentaries by filmmaker Nick Broomfield, Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer, and Aileen: The Life and Death of a Serial Killer. — Mark Deming

Edition Details
Barcode 043396055520
Region Region 1
Release Date 2005
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Subtitles Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby DTS Surround Sound
Personal Details
User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
User Text 1 Strong violence and sexual content, and for pervasive language.
User Text 2 Based on a true story
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Notes
Trivia: The word "fuck" and all permutations of it are spoken 189 times. (more)

Goofs: Continuity: After Aileen kills the cop and she's telling Selby about it in the motel room, Selby says, "Keep it down," and a jacket appears by the green suitcase and the pleating on the drapes have changed. (more)

Quotes: Aileen: I'm not a bad person. I'm a real good person. (more)

Awards: Won Oscar. Another 16 wins & 12 nominations (more)