- Original title
- Running time
- 111 min.
- United States
Milo Addica, Will Rokos
Asche and Spencer
Billy Bob Thornton,
Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs,
Lions Gate Films
Drama | Southern Gothic
- Synopsis / Plot
- Set in modern Louisiana, MONSTER'S BALL subtly examines the impact of personal loss and the transforming power of human connection. The movie begins in the state penitentiary's death row, where father-and-son prison guards Hank (Billy Bob Thornton) and Sonny Grotowski (Heath Ledger) administer the execution of a black death-row inmate Lawrence Musgrove (Sean Combs), who leaves behind a wife, Leticia (Halle Berry), and son, Tyrell (Coronji Calhoun). When both Hank and Leticia's children subsequently die, the two grieving parents are accidentally thrust together, where they begin to find comfort and eventually a form of redemption. Employing a languid pace and minimalist dialogue, MONSTER'S BALL slowly moves forward on the strength of the cast's performances and Marc Forster's understated direction. The complex characters are allowed to develop gradually over the course of the entire movie, making the film a richly satisfying character study rather than a quick, plot-driven confection.
: Oscar: Best Actress (Halle Berry). 2 Nominations: Actress and Original Screenplay
: Nominated for Golden Globe: Best Actress - Drama (Halle Berry)
: Nominated BAFTA Awards: Best Actress (Halle Berry)
: 2 Awards National Board of Review: Best Actor (Bob Thornton), Actress
: Berlin Film Festival: Silver Bear - Best Actress (Halle Berry)
: American Film Institute (AFI): Top 10 Movies of the Year
: Independent Spirit Awards: Nominated for Best Screenplay
: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Nominated for Best Original Screenplay
: Screen Actors Guild (SAG): Best Actress (Hally Berry)
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