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Model-turned-actress Charlize Theron leaves her glamorous image behind for this gritty drama, in which she plays a disturbed prostitute who becomes a serial killer. Aileen Wuornos (Theron) was a woman who survived a brutal and abusive childhood in Michigan to become a thick-skinned but emotionally damaged adult. Homeless most of her life, Wuornos subsisted by working as a street prostitute; later, when she was in Florida, down to her last five dollars and pondering suicide, she stopped into a bar for a beer. There, Aileen met Selby Wall (Christina Ricci), a woman in her early twenties who had been sent to live with relatives after her Christian parents became aware of her lesbian lifestyle. Selby is immediately attracted to Aileen, and while Aileen tells Selby she's never been in a lesbian relationship, she soon finds herself equally infatuated with her. Selby runs away from her family and moves into a cheap hotel with Aileen, who initially pays the bills by hooking. However, as their money runs low and Aileen finds herself unable to land a regular job, tensions mount between the two. One night, after a john attacks her, Aileen pulls a gun and kills the man. Although her first murder can be categorized as self-defense, Aileen's loathing for the men who pay her for sex becomes so extreme that she begins killing her customers regardless of their behavior. Meanwhile, Selby slowly becomes aware of the full extent of her lover's instability and the bloody consequences of her actions. Monster was inspired by the true story of Aileen Wuornos, whose life and death was chronicled in two documentaries by filmmaker Nick Broomfield, Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer, and Nick Broomfield. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:December 24, 2003


Awarded by
Independent Spirit Awards Patty Jenkins Best First Feature 2003 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Patty Jenkins Best First Screenplay 2003 Nominee
Screen Actors Guild Charlize Theron Best Actress 2003 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Charlize Theron Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 2003 Winner
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Charlize Theron Best Actress - Runner-up 2003 Winner
National Board of Review Charlize Theron Best Breakthrough Actress 2003 Winner
National Society of Film Critics Charlize Theron Best Actress 2003 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Charlize Theron Best Actress 2003 Winner
Chicago Film Critics Association Charlize Theron Best Actress 2003 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Charlize Theron Best Actress 2003 Winner
San Francisco Film Critics Circle Charlize Theron Best Actress 2003 Winner
Berlin International Film Festival Charlize Theron Silver Bear for Best Actress 2004 Winner
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Charlize Theron Best Actress 2004 Nominee


Charlize Theron
as Aileen Wuornos
Christina Ricci
as Selby Wall
Bruce Dern
as Thomas
Scott Wilson
as Horton Rohrbach
Pruitt Taylor Vince
as Gene
Lee Tergesen
as Vincent Corey
Annie Corley
as Donna Tentler
Bubba Baker
as Cubby
Marc Macaulay
as Will Grueser
Catherine Mangan
as Justy
Brett Rice
as Charles
Marco St. John
as Evan
Marc Macaulay
as Will Grueser
Brett Rice
as Charles
Catherine Mangan
as Justy
Bubba Baker
as Cubby


Patty Jenkins
Charlize Theron
Mark Damon
Clark Peterson
Donald Kushner
Brad Wyman
Patty Jenkins
Steven Bernstein
Howard Paar
Musical Direction/Supervision
Composer (Music Score)
Jane Kurson
Arthur Coburn
Edward Mcavoy
Production Designer
Orvis Rigsby
Art Director
Brent Morris
Meagan Riley-Grant
Executive Producer
Andreas Grosch
Executive Producer
Andreas Schmid
Executive Producer
Sammy Lee
Executive Producer
Stewart Hall
Executive Producer
Shawn R. McFall
Set Designer
Rhona Meyers
Costume Designer
Peter Devlin
Sound/Sound Designer
Ferne Cassel
Guy Livneh
Additional Cinematography
Guy Livneh
Second Unit Director
Toni G
Key Make-up