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In a revelatory performance, Charlize Theron stars in the shocking and moving true-life story of Aileen Wuornos, a prostitute executed last year in Florida after being convicted of murdering six men. While Wuornos confessed to the six murders, including a policeman, she claimed to have killed only in self-defense, resisting violent assaults while working as a prostitute.

Bravely burrowing beneath the tabloid headlines about America's first female serial killer—and the media's sordid designation of Wuornos as an unrepentant monster—in the midst of the horrors and pathologies, first-time writer-director Patty Jenkins unearths an unlikely love story between two misfits.

Nearing suicidal despair, Wuornos wanders into a Florida bar, where she meets Selby Wall (Christina Ricci), a young woman sent by her parents to live with an aunt in order to "cure her homosexuality." Wuornos—victim of a tragic, abusive upbringing—quickly falls in love, and clings to Selby like a life preserver. Unable to find a legitimate job but desperate to sustain her relationship with Selby, Wuornos continues working as a prostitute. When one of her johns turns violent, Wuornos shoots the man in self-defense; the first in her tragic string of killings.

Shot in many of the actual locations where Wuornos committed her crimes between 1989-90, in its grittiness, verisimilitude, and hard-won empathy for its antihero, Monster is reminiscent of the great, iconoclastic American films of the '60s and '70s. Co-starring Bruce Dern, Monster succeeds as searing social commentary, road movie, and, most profoundly, as love story. Theron's ferocious, fully-committed work—astounding physical transformation matched by unerring psychological acuity—is sure to surprise audiences familiar with her work, and in writer-director Jenkins, Monster heralds a major new filmmaking talent.

DVD Features

  • Available subtitles: Spanish
  • Available Audio Tracks: English (DTS), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • "Based on a True Story: The Making of Monster" featurette
  • Film-mixing demo
  • "Monster: Evolution of the Score": interview with Patty Jenkins and BT
  • "Monster Surrounded" (soundtrack spot)

Cast

Charlize TheronAileen
Christina RicciSelby
Bruce DernThomas
Lee TergesenVincent Corey
Annie CorleyDonna
Pruitt Taylor VinceGene
Marco St. JohnEvan
Marc MacaulayWill
Scott WilsonHorton
Kane HodderUndercover Cop

  • Genre: Crime Movies
  • Director: Patty Jenkins
  • Producer: Mark Damon
  • Length: 109
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaDec 24, 2003
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe18
    AustraliaMA
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJun 1, 2004
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