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Monster's Ball (2001)
Drama,Romance
USA / English
"A lifetime of change can happen in a single moment. "
After a family tragedy, a racist prison guard reexamines his attitudes while falling in love with the African American wife of the last prisoner he executed.
Billy Bob Thornton Hank Grotowski
Halle Berry Leticia Musgrove
Taylor Simpson Lucille
Gabrielle Witcher Betty
Heath Ledger Sonny Grotowski
Amber Rules Vera
Peter Boyle Buck Grotowski
Charles Cowan Jr. Willie Cooper
Taylor LaGrange Darryl Cooper
Mos Def Ryrus Cooper
Anthony Bean Dappa Smith
Francine Segal Georgia Ann Paynes
John McConnell Harvey Shoonmaker
Marcus Lyle Brown Phil Huggins
Milo Addica Tommy Roulaine
Director: Marc Forster
Producer: Lee Daniels
Writer: Milo Addica,Will Rokos
Outstanding Performances!
"Monster's Ball" is presented by Director Marc Forster as a dark, dreary film-noir like drama involving the role of fate in bringing together two different but distraught people from different races.

The film opens as preparations are underway for the execution of Lawrence Musgrave (Sean Combs). Two of the prison guards are Hank (Billy Bob Thornton) and his son Sonny (Heath Ledger). Musgrave's wife Leticia (Halle Berry) and his obese son Tyrell (Coronji Calhoun) have come to see Musgrave to say their final goodbyes. Hank and Sonny live with the bigoted Buck who is Hank's father and who was also a prison guard. We learn that Buck has apparently bullied Hank all his life and now Hank is doing likewise to Sonny.

Following the execution, two tragic but unrelated events occur in the lives of Hank and Leticia. Hank, fighting off the predjudices taught him by his father, begins to fall for Leticia and eventually an inter-racial relationship ensues. But what if she finds out that Hank had a part in executing her husband?

Berry deservedly won the 2001 Academy Award as best actress for her role as the tragic Leticia. She displays a wide range of emotions from pity to sadness to dispare to ecstacy to happiness. Thornton is equally good as the similarly tragic Hank who goes through much of the same emotional changes. Peter Boyle is also excellent as the bigoted Buck. Ledger, in an all too brief role, shines as the son who really doesn't want to follow in his father's footsteps. Calhoun evokes pity and sorrow as Leticia's son and the old Puffmeister, Combs gives a good low key performance as the doomed convict.

An excellent film but be forewarned that there are a couple of graphic sex scenes in the movie. Definitely not for the kiddies.

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Imdb rating: 7.2
Musician: Asche & Spencer
Running time: 112 min (unrated director's cut)
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