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Monster's Ball Details

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Director Marc Forster, winner of Best Feature at Slamdance for his debut film Loungers (1996) and the "Someone to Watch" Independent Spirit Award for his indie drama Everything Put Together (2000), follows up those acclaimed projects with this intense, racially charged romance. Billy Bob Thornton stars as Georgia prison guard Hank Grotowski, a hard-drinking racist ex-cop whose father, Buck (Peter Boyle), is dying of emphysema and whose son, Sonny (Heath Ledger), works the execution detail at the prison's death row. When Sonny commits suicide, Hank is devastated and quits his job, spiraling into a deep depression until, one night, he comes to the aid of Leticia (Halle Berry), a beautiful African-American woman whose son, Tyrell (Coronji Calhoun), has been hit by a car. When Tyrell dies, Leticia and Hank find themselves to be unexpected soul mates linked together by tragic grief. It's not long before Hank discovers that Leticia is the widow of Lawrence Musgrove (Sean Combs), the man whose execution by electric chair he and his late son helped to orchestrate. Monster's Ball (2001) is based on a screenplay by actors Milo Addica and Will Rokos, who spent five years developing their script into a feature. Their title refers to the name of an English tradition requiring jailers to throw a party for a condemned man on the night before his death. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

  • Release date:December 26, 2001

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Writers Guild of America Milo Addica Best Original Screenplay 2001 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Milo Addica Best Original Screenplay 2001 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Milo Addica Best Screenplay 2001 Nominee
Writers Guild of America Will Rokos Best Original Screenplay 2001 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Will Rokos Best Original Screenplay 2001 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Will Rokos Best Screenplay 2001 Nominee
Screen Actors Guild Halle Berry Best Actress 2001 Winner
National Board of Review Halle Berry Best Actress 2001 Winner
Berlin International Film Festival Halle Berry Silver Bear for Best Actress 2001 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Halle Berry Best Actress 2001 Winner
American Film Institute Halle Berry Best Actress 2001 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Halle Berry Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 2001 Nominee
Berlin International Film Festival Halle Berry Silver Bear for Best Actress 2002 Winner
National Board of Review Billy Bob Thornton Best Actor 2001 Winner
American Film Institute Lee Daniels Best Picture 2001 Nominee

Cast

Billy Bob Thornton
as Hank Grotowski
Heath Ledger
as Sonny Grotowski
Halle Berry
as Leticia Musgrove
Peter Boyle
as Buck Grotowski
Sean Combs
as Lawrence Musgrove
Mos Def
as Ryrus Cooper
Will Rokos
as Warden Velasco
Milo Addica
as Tommy Roulaine
Coronji Calhoun
as Tyrell Musgrove
Taylor LaGrange
as Darryl Cooper
Bernard "Bunchy" Johnson

Crew

Marc Forster
Director
Lee Daniels
Producer
Milo Addica
Screenwriter
Will Rokos
Screenwriter
Roberto Schaefer
Cinematographer
Matt Chessé
Editor
Monroe Kelly
Production Designer
Leonard Spears
Art Director
Will Rokos
Co-producer
Milo Addica
Co-producer
Eric Kopeloff
Co-producer
Michael Burns
Executive Producer
Michael Paseornek
Executive Producer
Mark Urman
Executive Producer
Frank Fleming
Costume Designer
Michael Kamper
Sound/Sound Designer
Jeff Pullman
Sound/Sound Designer
Kerry Barden
Casting
Billy Hopkins
Casting
Suzanne Smith
Casting
Mark Bennett
Casting
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