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Monster's Ball R

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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 52 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: June 11, 2002
  • Originally Released: 2001
  • Label: Lions Gate
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 2.35
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Behind the Scenes
    • Outtakes
    • Featurette:
      2. Music (8 mins.)
    • Audio Commentary:
      1. Marc Forster - Director, Roberto Schaefer - Director of Photography
      2. Halle Berry and Billy Bob Thornton - Actors
  • Interactive Features:
    • Interactive Menus
    • Scene Access

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring &
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Directed by
Screenwriting by &
Director of Photography:
Executive Production by

Major Awards:

Academy Awards 2001 - Best Actress: Halle Berry

Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh85%

Total Count: 143


User Ratings: 57,711
Rating: B -- Though marred by script that telegraphs its messages, this drama still manages to tell a compelling love story betweenn a redneck guard and a black widow, well played by Billy Bob Thronton and particularly Halle Berre, who should get Oscar nomination Full Review
Dec 25, 2006
...[Thornton] gives the best performance of his career in MONSTER'S BALL....This is a fearless, brutally honest performance, etched with shadings and remarkable subtlety...
Movieline's Hollywood Life
Feb 1, 2002
Rating: 3/4 -- Halle Berry turns in an amazing performance.
Cinema Sight
Jan 29, 2003
...The characters and the bond that develops between them are too complex for words....Their economy and the eloquence of Mr. Foster's unshowily beautiful images give MONSTER'S BALL the density and strangeness of real life...
New York Times
Dec 26, 2001
Rating: 4.5/5 -- Thornton and Berry show us what acting is in this movie. Full Review
Film Quips Online
Feb 8, 2003
Rating: 3/5 -- Leticia and Hank come together in their grief, and when they do - when, in particular, they seek some kind of punishment and absolution in sex - it makes for one of the most intense, moving and real moments you're ever likely to witness on film. Full Review
The Age (Australia)
Feb 13, 2018
Rating: 3/5 -- This brutal movie is for adults only. Full Review
Common Sense Media
Dec 26, 2010

Product Description:

Set in modern Mississippi, MONSTER'S BALL subtly examines the impact of personal loss and the transforming power of human connection. The movie begins in the state penitentiary's death row, where father-and-son prison guards Hank (Billy Bob Thornton) and Sonny Grotowski (Heath Ledger) administer the execution of a black death-row inmate Lawrence Musgrove (Sean Combs), who leaves behind a wife, Leticia (Halle Berry), and son, Tyrell (Coronji Calhoun). When both Hank and Leticia's children subsequently die, the two grieving parents are accidentally thrust together, where they begin to find comfort and eventually a form of redemption.

Employing a languid pace and minimalist dialogue, MONSTER'S BALL slowly moves forward on the strength of the cast's performances (including a supporting turn from Peter Boyle as Hank's ailing racist father, Buck) and Marc Forster's understated direction. The complex characters are allowed to develop gradually over the course of the entire movie, making the film a richly satisfying character study rather than a quick, plot-driven confection.


Production Notes:

  • Theatrical Release: DECEMBER 26, 2001 (NY/LA)

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  • Sales Rank: 107,102
  • UPC: 658149798229
  • Shipping Weight: 0.20/lbs (approx)
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