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Monster's Ball
Billy Bob Thornton and Halle Berry




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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.

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Overview

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.

Awards:
2001 - Academy Awards - Best Actress Winner

Main Cast & Crew

Marc Foster - Director
Billy Bob Thornton
Halle Berry
Heath Ledger
Peter Boyle
Sean Combs
Dante Beze
Coronji Calhoun
Anthony Marble
John McConnell

 

Details

Blu-Ray Disc Format
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Run Time: 111
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 031398216742
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: Not Rated (strong sexual content, language, and violence)
  • Release Date: June 2002

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Theatrical Release
Prison
Crime
Racism
Violence
Essential Cinema

 

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

Reviews:
"...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..." - 12/26/2001 New York Times, p.E5


"...MONSTER'S BALL proves that Halle Berry had a spectacular performance inside her waiting to be unleashed and that Billy Bob Thornton still had a third one left in his stunning 2001 stockpile..." - 12/26/2001 USA Today, p.3D


"...An interesting tale: well-told, sad and funny and ultimately uplifting..." - 01/01/2002 Box Office, p.57-8


"...The actors make it unique and unforgettable....You can't take your eyes off them..." - 01/17/2002 Rolling Stone, p.56


"...Burning with a quiet intensity, MONSTER'S BALL is bolstered by a poetic, intelligent sensibility..." - 11/19/2001 Variety, p.39-44


"...[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..." - 02/01/2002 Movieline's Hollywood Life, p.40-1


"...Thornton displays a remarkable gift for understatement....Thornton brings a gentleness to the part that acts as a much-need balm on the wounds we see all around..." - 06/01/2002 Sight and Sound, p.46


"...Written with the complexity of great fiction, avoiding obligatory scenes, cutting straight to the heart....The best film of 2001..." - 06/02/2002 Chicago Sun-Times, p.6

 

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