Monster's Ball

Synopsis: Set in the Southern United States, 'Monster's Ball' is a tale of a racist white man, Hank, who falls in love with a black woman named Leticia. Ironically Hank is a prison guard working on Death Row who executed Leticia's husband. Hank and Leticia's interracial affair leads to confusion and new ideas for the two unlikely lovers.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Marc Forster
Production: Lions Gate Films Inc.
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 14 wins & 22 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
111 min

Evening, handsome.

- Hey, Lucille. How you doing?

- Okay.

- Evening, Hank.

- Hey, Betty. How's your mama now?

She's good.

Here you go.

So, how you been?

- Pretty good. You?

- Pretty good.

How's Sonny?

He's all right, I guess.

- Vera, how you doing?

- I'm good. How are you?

I'm good.



- You want a drink?

- Oh, yeah. Thanks, hon.

Wild Turkey.

- Now, I'm sore, so go easy, darling.

- Yes, ma'am.


- Thanks, Vera.

- You're welcome.


What's the matter, hon? You look so sad.

I'm fine. Hey...

You wanna get something to eat?

- Talk?

- You take care, Sonny.

Morning, Pop.

This shit's cold. I'm gonna get some more.

What the hell

those n*ggers doing out there?

I said something to you. Did you hear me?


Damn porch monkeys.

Be moving in here soon.

Sitting next to me.

Watching my TV.

There was a time

when they knew their place.

Wasn't none of this mixing going on.

Your mother, she hated them n*ggers, too.

Tell them to get the hell off my property.

- You put that thing down.

- We came by to see Sonny.

I don't give a damn

who you come by to see.

Get them out of here right now.

Tell them. They're your buddies.

Tell them to get out of here.

Well, what are you standing there for?

You watch your ass, all right?

We'll include a 11/2-pound bread machine

at no extra cost to you...

- You got everything you need?

- Yep.

...only while supplies last, so stay tuned.

Now, let's join...

- Be careful walking around.

- Yeah, yeah. he teaches us

the secrets of losing weight,

being young and fighting

disease with fresh juices.

You see these two boys here?

They're my sons.

They were on my property.

Ain't no need to be scaring no little boys.

They ain't coming to hurt you.

Ain't no need to be letting off no shotgun

to tell them to leave, either.

You understand?

Well, then keep them off my property.

They're friends of your son, okay?

He invited them here.

They ain't trespassing,

they ain't hurting nobody.

Next time you wanna play cowboy,

I'm over here all the time.

- Well, you keep them off my property.

- I think you heard me, sir.

Yeah, well, I think you heard me, too.

All right?

Come on, boys. Let's go.


- You all right, Dappa?

- Yeah, I'm all right.

- You sure?

- Yeah. It was loose.


Do you see what you did, Sonny?

Yeah, I'm sorry. It was my mistake.

- Yeah, it was.

- It won't happen next time.

Let's just keep going

till we get it right, huh?

That's none of your goddamn business.

No, I'm surprised

you talking like that to me,

you being a woman and all.

I'm a liberated woman.

Better watch out, Georgia Ann.

Tommy's gonna sue you

for sexual harassment.

Oh, that's all right.

Booter, how you doing?

- Just give me the $2.50, Sonny.

- I got it, Booter.

- You keep the rest of it.

- Thanks, Mr. Grotowski.

Just like I said, no more mistakes, all right?

I wanna make damn sure

nobody makes any mistakes,

especially you.

So when it gets time for us to do it,

you know, you can't mess up.

That goes for me, too, and the rest of them.

You ain't no different than us.

You can't screw it up.

- That's Hank's boy.

- You think it's in the genes?

Yeah, but he is a boy.

He will be a man tomorrow.

In England, they go as far

as to give the guy a party the night before.

They call it the Monster's Ball.

They don't want no lawyer, no preacher,

or anything like that around,

so it's just you and me.

Like I said,

we can't think about what he did

or anything else about him.

It's a job. We have to do our job right.

I've been drawing a lot. What about you?

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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