Full Monty

Full Monty

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Director: Peter Cattaneo

Cast: Peter Cattaneo, Robert Carlyle, Tom Wilkinson, Mark Addy


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Six guys with nothing left to lose try losing their clothing for fun and profit in this international hit comedy. Gaz (Robert Carlyle) and Dave (Mark Addy) are two former steelworkers in the British industrial town of Sheffield who have been devastated by the economic downturn in their community. Gaz is threatened with losing visitation rights with his son if he can't…  See more details below


Six guys with nothing left to lose try losing their clothing for fun and profit in this international hit comedy. Gaz (Robert Carlyle) and Dave (Mark Addy) are two former steelworkers in the British industrial town of Sheffield who have been devastated by the economic downturn in their community. Gaz is threatened with losing visitation rights with his son if he can't pay his child support, while Dave feels emasculated by his inability to support his wife. One day, Gaz stops by a local pub for a drink and is told it's women only tonight -- the Chippendales male exotic dancing troupe is playing, and they are demanding a hefty cover charge. Gaz decides there's nothing a bunch of pantywaists from America can do that he and his pals can't do better, and decides to form his own crew of male strippers, called "Hard Steel." However, the local talent pool leaves a bit to be desired. Gaz isn't bad looking, but Dave is a bit heavy and very self conscious about it. Horse (Paul Barber) was probably hot stuff at Soul Night in the mid-70's, but his joints don't move like they used to. Guy (Hugo Speer) can't dance to save his life, but makes the troupe because ... well, let's say he and Dirk Diggler would have a lot to say to each other. Lomper (Steve Huison) is sometimes too busy attempting suicide to practice. And Gerald (Tom Wilkinson), their choreographer, isn't much on male exotic dancing -- ballroom dancing is more his speed. While "Hard Steel"'s performances are more amusing then enticing, for the first time since they lost their jobs the men have a reason to get up in the morning; joining the group has given them a circle of friendship, and a renewed sense of purpose. Combining broad comedy with believable and well-drawn characters, The Full Monty was a major box-office hit both in England and the United States and was nominated for Academy Awards as Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
The Full Monty is a pleasant blend of British working-class comedy and socially conscious drama similar in tone and theme to Raining Stones (1993) or Brassed Off (1996). Thoroughly entertaining, the film also has a deeper message about the economic dilemma between need and self-respect. Though many films have featured protagonists caught between survival and crime, this may be the first film to subject its hero to the choice between survival or stripping. Is the emasculation of poverty worse than the emasculation of revealing it all in a pub? It's a light question, but director Peter Cattaneo and screenwriter Simon Beaufoy generate enough human drama to connect with American as well as English audiences. Robert Carlyle's warm turn as the down-and-out leader of the bunch of low-rent Chippendales was a revelation to audiences who knew him best as the psychopathic Begbie from Trainspotting (1996). The low-budget production was a surprise hit with the American Motion Picture Academy, nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
Bawdy, but also gentle and good-hearted...

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20th Century Fox

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Closed Caption; Original theatrical trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Carlyle Gaz
Tom Wilkinson Gerald
Mark Addy Dave
Lesley Sharp Jean
Emily Woof Mandy
Steve Huison Lomper
Paul Barber Horse
Hugo Speer Guy
Dierdre Costello Linda
William Snape Nathan
Paul Butterworth Barry
Dave Hill Alan
Andrew Livingstone Terry
Vinny Dhillon Sharon
Kate Layden Bee
Joanna Swain Sheryl
Diane Lane Louise
Kate Rutter Dole Clerk
June Broughton Lomper's Mum
Glenn Cunningham Police Inspector
Chris Brailsford Duty Sergeant
Steve Garti Policeman
Malcolm Pitt Job Club Manager
Dennis Blanch Director
Daryl Fishwick Social Worker
David Lonsdale Repossession Man
Muriel Hunt Horses's Mum
Fiona Watts Beryl
Theresa Maduemezia Horses's Sister
Fiona Nelson Horse's Sister
British Steel Stocksbridge Band brass band

Technical Credits
Peter Cattaneo Director
Simon Beaufoy Screenwriter
Christine Blundell Makeup
Paul Bucknor Co-producer
Alistair Crocker Sound/Sound Designer
John DeBorman Cinematographer
Anne Dudley Score Composer
Susie Figgis Casting
David Freeman Editor
David Gilchrist Asst. Director
Max Gottlieb Production Designer
Suzanne Grand Choreography
Polly Leys Co-producer
Nick Moore Editor
Nick More Editor
Uberto Pasolini Producer
Chris Roope Art Director
Ian Rowley Special Effects
Lesley Stewart Associate Producer
Jill Taylor Costumes/Costume Designer
David Worley Camera Operator

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Full Monty
1. Welcome to Sheffield
2. Liberating the Plant
3. Women Only
4. The Job Centre
5. A Breath of Fresh Air
6. Nightwatch
7. Doing the Rumba
8. Gerald's Interview
9. Auditions
10. Pillow Talk
11. Dressing Down
12. Let's Get Physical
13. The Ultimate Proposal
14. Line Dancing
15. Second Thoughts
16. Where's Dave?
17. Dress Rehearsal
18. Repercussions
19. The Buzz
20. Backstage
21. The Full Monty
22. End Titles (You Sexy Thing)


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Full Monty 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This bunch of unemployed, unmuscled guys had me rooting for them right from the beginning. Robert Carlyle and his gang of misfit dancers lit up the screen. I wished I was in their audience to cheer them on. They were wonderful!!! I'd rather see them then Chip'n'dale dancers any old time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Only a few days after I first saw this movie, I went out to buy it on DVD. Highly recommended!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw a sneak-preview, midnight showing of Batman, complete with all the hype and rowdy crowds, but it paled in comparison to The Full Monty. I saw the film on a Saturday night, maybe the second weekend of its release, and the experience was unbelievable. The audience laughed hysterically throughout. And at the end, when all was bared and triumph over despair achieved, the entire house gave a raucous standing ovation. Let me repeat that. The entire house gave a raucous standing ovation. How often do you see that at a movie theater!!! The characters are endearing in their humor, ambition and flaws. The music is incredible (both the classics and the original score). If you're offended by nudity, don't worry about it. There's only very brief, obscured posterior nudity. My mother didn't want to see it because she thought it would be all about nudity and stripping. That couldn't be further from the truth. It's all about relationships: parents and children, husbands and wives, friends, lovers. When my sister and I made my mother watch it, she loved it. I can't recommend this movie enough. The only possible bad note is that if you have a hard time understanding English accents, you may have to watch it twice to catch all the lines (or watch some Monty Python first). Of course, wathing it twice isn't a bad thing in the least. (An extra-special recommendation for anyone who lived near Pittsburgh in the 70s.)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie completely caught me by surprise. Someone had recommended it to me so when I was at the movie rental store, I decided to watch it. A couple of weeks later, I bought it. I would highly recommend this movie.