Monster's Ball

Continuity mistake: Near the beginning of film, Peter Boyle's character opens a newspaper, and on the front page is a story about a death row inmate who is scheduled to die "tonight." However, he does not die "tonight," but rather the following night. On the evening of the day on which the erroneous newspaper headline appears, the prison guards gather at a local bar. The next day, the prisoner is taken to a special cell to await his execution, which occurs TWO nights after the newspaper headline said he was to be executed. (00:08:15)

Continuity mistake: When Billy Bob and Halle are having sex, in one shot her underwear is on and in another shot her knickers are around her thighs/legs. These two shots alternate throughout the sex scene. (01:11:20)

Continuity mistake: The blood stains on Leticia's shirt almost disappear when she finds out that Ty is dead. Similarly, the blood stain on Hank's shirt pocket grows when he talks to the police officer and gets smaller again when he gives Leticia her purse. (00:52:35 - 00:54:45)


Continuity mistake: When Hank Grotowski quits his job he puts down his badge. From the warden's side we can't see it because of some books in the way. The camera goes back and forth from Hank's view to the warden's view a few times. During these switches, when the view is from behind Hank, you see the badge disappear then reappear where he put it. (Not visible on DVD wide screen - the bottom part of the screen is cut off).

Continuity mistake: Buck can hardly move around due to his lung condition. After he insults Leticia and she runs out of the house and drives off he makes it out to porch way too fast. Then, in the next shot, he is seen sitting with his oxygen kit on, which he wasn't wearing before. (01:26:30)


Continuity mistake: When Halle and her son are finishing the visit to Sean, the front shots show a lot of smoke around Halle's head, which disappears in the following back shots.

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Continuity mistake: When Peter Boyle is talking to Halle Berry, he asks her for a cigarette, and he smokes it. But there's one shot where you see Boyle's profile in the foreground, and Berry in the background, and he has no cigarette in his mouth. Also, we hear him say something there, but his mouth never moves. (01:25:40)

Continuity mistake: While visiting her husband, Halle extends her right arm to drop the ash on the cigarrette. A frame later, a new angle shows the arm is bent.

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Continuity mistake: At the end of the love scene, when Hank lies on the ground and Leticia on top of him, alternating shots are reversed. (01:13:40)


Continuity mistake: When Hank comes home after the disastrous execution he runs up the stairs to Sonny's room. The steps are all dark even though the door is open. When Sonny throws him down the stairs less than a minute later the sun is shining on the lower steps. (00:33:35)


Continuity mistake: When Billy Bob Thornton drives up and talks to the two black children and their father about his son's death, the center of the steering wheel changes from white to black depending on the shot. This occurs several times throughout the movie.

Continuity mistake: When Leticia is seen driving her car from behind, the exhaust pipe is smoking quite severely. When she is seen driving from the front, during the same sequence, there is no smoke at all. (00:13:35)

Continuity mistake: When Hank is taking the ferry across the river to the prison in order to resign, it is raining very hard. However on the other side of the river, on the prison grounds, it is sunny and dusty.


Continuity mistake: When Billy Bob and Halle are having sex, in one shot her underwear is on and in another shot her knickers are around her thighs/legs. These two shots alternate throughout the sex scene. (01:11:20)

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Lawrence Musgrove: I've always believed that a portrait captures a person far better than a photograph. It truly takes a human being to really see a human being.

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Trivia: For her role in the film, Halle Berry became the first black actress (even though she is actually bi-racial, as her mother is white) to win an Oscar for "Best Actress."


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Question: What was with him vomiting throughout the movie? Did it mean something?


Chosen answer: Hank is a deputy warden in a Georgia state prison.He oversees the executions of condemned prisoners, and before each one he is literally sickened by having to perform this duty.

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No - he threw up after sex with Berry which is well after he quit. He threw up after drinking heavily the night before.

Per the vomit-after-sex scene. I too, thought that the drinking must have caused it. I rewound and watched the scene again and BAM, I'd missed it! He's in the bathroom at the sink facing the mirror. THERE, TWICE, he can see the reflected picture of her dead executed husband: in the main mirror plus in the little round mirror to the right. (Musgrove's pic must be hung on the wall behind him.) That execution memory = vomiting.

Answer: Hank threw up in the toilet because the picture of Letitia's husband as scratched by her son. He had escorted him to the death chamber.

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