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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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Gene / Stuttering "John"
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Evan / Undercover "John"
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Will / Daddy "John"
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Horton / Last "John"
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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 »


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

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30 January 2004 (USA)  »

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Monster: Asesina en serie  »

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$4,500,000 (estimated)

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$86,831 (USA) (26 December 2003)

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$34,468,224 (USA) (28 May 2004)
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When Lee is first shown interacting with a john, she shows him a photo of two young children claiming to be her children, and says she's trying to reach them and needed some cash for that. According to the Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer (1992), the real Aileen Wuornos actually used this method to lure her johns into giving her money in exchange for sexual favors because her physical appearance was starting to degrade quickly on account of her wild lifestyle. She showed photos of her adoptive sister's children claiming to be her own children, which turns out to by her aunt's children (Aileen's cousins, for that matter), since Aileen was legally adopted by her own grandparents after her biological mother left her when she was still an infant. See more »

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When Aileen tells Selby about killing the cop, Selby says, "Keep it down." A jacket appears by the green suitcase, and the pleating on the drapes changes. See more »

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[first lines]
[narrating]
Aileen: I always wanted to be in the movies.
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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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Connections

Version of Overkill: The Aileen Wuornos Story (1992) See more »

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Sweet Peace and Time
(1972)
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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Theron's Performance Makes It Worth A Look
11 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was not an easy movie to like but I was so enthralled at Charlize Theron's makeover and performance that it took center stage over the story.

Theron's physical transformation from the incredibly beautiful woman she is to hard-and-rough looking serial killer Aileen Wournos was just amazing. More than that, I appreciated her effort here, not just with all the makeup but all the mannerisms, the way she walked, moved her head, speech inflection....everything. She was worth the price of the film and I felt the same way after the second viewing months later.

The story is a sordid one, filled with a lot of f-words, so be ready for that if you haven't seen it and wondered about the language. It's very rough. It also includes a lesbian relationship between the two main characters, a relationship I have yet to find that anyone found appealing, frankly.

I may not be able to recommend the movie for its story but if you want to see an actress really step out of her element and give a great performance, check it out. My guess is that you'll either really like this film or hate it.


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