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Monster's Ball

Monster's Ball

Marc Forster (2001)

15 Certificate


Our Score
The complexities of the heart are examined against a background of bigotry, despair and redemption in this blistering Deep South drama from German-born director Marc Forster. Anchored by the compelling and provocative performances of Billy Bob Thornton and Oscar winner Halle Berry, the story focuses on the relationship between a widowed black woman and the white prison guard who, unknown to her, presided over her husband's execution. This is a film of rare emotional depth and power, which is so immersed in the irrationalities of human sentiment that many of the plot's implausibilities can be forgiven. What you have here is a powder keg of rage, passion and loneliness, with each of the key protagonists struggling to come to terms with the injustices of their world. The ultimate resolution may be far too convenient, but there's no denying that this is a brave and honest attempt to tackle some really difficult social issues.


A widowed black waitress forms an intense relationship with a racist white prison guard after a series of tragedies brings them together, unaware he is the former death row prison guard who escorted her husband to the electric chair. Drama, for which Halle Berry scooped a Best Actress Oscar, also starring Billy Bob Thornton, Peter Boyle, Sean Combs and Heath Ledger.

Cast & Crew

Hank Grotowski Billy Bob Thornton
Leticia Musgrove Halle Berry
Sonny Grotowski Heath Ledger
Buck Grotowski Peter Boyle
Lawrence Musgrove Sean Combs
Ryrus Cooper Mos Def
Warden Velasco Will Rokos
Tommy Roulaine Milo Addica
Tyrell Musgrove Coronji Calhoun
Lucille Taylor Simpson
Director Marc Forster
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Entertainment Guidance: Contains violence, swearing, a sex scene and nudity. Available on: Available on video and DVD Released on: 14 Jun 2002


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