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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Patty Jenkins
Produced by Charlize Theron
Mark Damon
Clark Peterson
Donald Kushner
Brad Wyman
Written by Patty Jenkins
Starring Charlize Theron
Christina Ricci
Bruce Dern
Lee Tergesen
Annie Corley
Music by BT
Cinematography Steven Bernstein
Distributed by Newmarket Films
Media 8 Entertainment
Release date(s) United States:
December 17, 2003 (premiere)
Running time 109 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $8 million
Gross revenue $60,378,584

Monster is a 2003 biographical-crime-drama-thriller about serial killer Aileen Wuornos, a former prostitute who was executed in 2002 for killing seven men in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Wuornos was played by Charlize Theron, and her lover, Selby Wall, was played by Christina Ricci. The film was written and directed by Patty Jenkins.

Much of Theron's preparation for the role is credited to Nick Broomfield's 1992 documentary, Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer, of which Theron reportedly watched clips between takes.[citation needed] Theron won many awards for her portrayal, including the Academy Award for Best Actress, Golden Globe Award for Best Actress, and the Screen Actors Guild Awards for Best Actress.



After moving to Florida, Aileen Wuornos (Theron), a prostitute, meets Selby Wall (Ricci) in a gay bar. After initial hostility and declaring that she is not gay, Wuornos talks to Wall over beers. Wall takes to Wuornos almost immediately, as she likes that Wuornos is very protective of her. Wall invites Wuornos to stay the night with her. They return to the house where Wall is staying (temporarily exiled by her parents following the accusation from another girl at church that Wall tried to kiss her). They later agree to meet at a rollerskating rink and kiss for the first time. Their passion and emotion is clear and they move into a motel.

After being raped and brutalized by a client (Lee Tergesen), Wuornos murders him and decides to quit prostitution. She confesses her action to Wall, while Wall has been angry with her for not succeeding in supporting the two of them. Eventually, unable to pay the bills, Wuornos tries to find legitimate work, but finds it difficult, mostly due to her lack of education. Desperate for money, she returns to her career as a prostitute. She continues to commit several acts of murder with intent to rob her victims, each killed in a more brutal way than last, though she spared one man out of pity.

Wuornos uses the money she steals from her victims to indulge herself and Wall, the two of them drinking in bars and eating in fancy restaurants. However, as Wall reads in the papers about the string of murders and begins to suspect that Wuornos may have committed them, the two have a falling out and Wall returns to Ohio on a charter bus.

Wuornos is eventually arrested at a biker bar and speaks to Wall one last time while in jail. Wall reveals some incriminating information over the telephone and Wuornos realizes Wall is with the police. To protect Wall, Wuornos states she committed the murders alone. During Wuornos' trial, Wall testifies against her. Wuornos is later convicted, sentenced to death, and executed.



Film critics praised Monster. Most gave especially high praise to Theron's performance as an unattractive, mentally ill[1] woman. For the role, Theron gained 30 pounds and wore prosthetic teeth. Critics called her performance, and her makeup, a "transformation".[2] Film critic Roger Ebert wrote "What Charlize Theron achieves in Patty Jenkins' 'Monster' isn't a performance but an embodiment."[3] The film won Theron the Academy Award for Best Actress, Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Drama and the SAG Award.


In 2004, BT released a soundtrack to the film.


Soundtrack by BT
Released January 30, 2004
Label dts Entertainment
Professional reviews
  1. "Childhood Montage"
  2. "Girls Kiss"
  3. "The Bus Stop"
  4. "Turning Tricks"
  5. "First Kill"
  6. "Job Hunt"
  7. "Bad Cop"
  8. "'Call Me Daddy' Killing"
  9. "I Don't Like It Rough"
  10. "Ferris Wheel (Love Theme)"
  11. "Ditch The Car"
  12. "Madman Speech"
  13. "Cop Killing"
  14. "News On TV"
  15. "Courtroom"

All songs written by BT. Included with the release is a DVD featuring all fifteen original cues, and an additional nine cues that would not fit on the CD, as well as an interview with BT and Patty Jenkins, and remix files for "Ferris Wheel".

See also


  1. ^ Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer. Dir. Nick Broomfield and Joan Churchill. Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment. 2003.
  2. ^ "Monster". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2007-06-12. 
  3. ^ Ebert, Roger (January 1, 2004). "Monster". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2010-02-06. 
  4. ^ "Monster Soundtrack". SoundtrackNet. August 4, 2004. Retrieved 2007-06-17. 

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