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Monster (2003)

Based on the life of Aileen Wuornos, a Daytona Beach prostitute who became a serial killer.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gene / Stuttering "John"
Evan / Undercover "John"
Kaitlin Riley ...
Teenage Aileen
Cree Ivey ...
7-Year-Old Aileen


The true story of serial killer Aileen Wuernos who was convicted of luring men to their death and eventually executed in 2002. In 1989, she was working as a prostitute and finally makes a friend when she meets and begins a relationship with a young woman, Selby. Determined to straighten out her life, she tries to find legitimate work but with little education and limited social skills, she fails at every turn. She starts working as a hooker hitching rides along the local interstate highway and after robbing a few clients has an encounter with a vicious client whom she kills in self-defense. After that however she just takes to killing clients taking their money and car. Once arrested she claims self-defense but is eventually convicted. Written by garykmcd

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The first female serial killer of America See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and sexual content, and for pervasive language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 January 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Monster: Asesina en serie  »

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Box Office


$4,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$86,831, 28 December 2003, Limited Release

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1.85 : 1
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Charlize Theron gained thirty pounds for her role in the film. See more »


The postscript says Aileen Wuornos was executed after 12 years on Florida's Death Row. She was arrested January 9, 1991, sentenced to death January 31, 1992, and executed October 9, 2002. Starting from the date she was arrested, it adds up to 11 years, 9 months. See more »


[first lines]
Aileen: I always wanted to be in the movies.
Aileen: When I was little I thought for sure that one day, I could be a big, big star. Or maybe just beautiful... beautiful and rich, like the women on TV. Yeah, I had a lot of dreams. And I guess you can call me a real romantic, because I truly believe that one day, they'll come true. So I dreamed about it for hours. As the years went by, I learnt to stop sharing them with people. They said I was dreaming. But back then, I believed it...
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Sweet Peace and Time
Written by Greg Ridley, Jerry Shirley, Steve Marriott (as Steve Marriott),
Clem Clempson (as Dave 'Clem' Clempson)
Performed by Humble Pie
Courtesy of Universal Records
Under License from EMI U Catalogue Inc., Rondor/Almo Music Corp.
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Hard and bleak story
6 October 2005 | by See all my reviews

I had my reservations before watching this. I was sceptical cause of the buzz. Everyone was talking about the way Theron, "the most gorgeous woman alive", transformed herself into Aileen. A prostitute who killed several clients. I thought Theron was just looking for success, another ambitious actress wanting a gold statue. That director Jenkins had a reason to make the film didn't matter for me then.

But everyone involved in this film deserve the credit. Monster is gripping. It's a film that makes you feel almost every emotion you can think of: sadness, anger, compassion, wrath. It confuses you. Do you identify with Aileen or do you disapprove of her actions? I guess both. You despise her for killing the men. But the film challenges that. You can almost explain (and thus condone) her actions. I guess the one thing that stayed with me was that it occurred to me what it must feel like to be really and utterly alone in this world.

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