The Full Monty (1997)



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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 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. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
R (For language and some nudity)
Comedy , Musical & Performing Arts
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Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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Tom Wilkinson
as Gerald
Mark Addy
as Dave
Steve Huison
as Lomper
Paul Barber
as Horse
Emily Woof
as Mandy
William Snape
as Nathan
Dave Hill
as Alan
Vinny Dhillon
as Sharon
Joanna Swain
as Sheryl
Diane Lane
as Louise
Kate Rutter
as Dole Clerk
June Broughton
as Lomper's Mum
Glenn Cunningham
as Police Inspector
Chris Brailsford
as Duty Sergeant
Steve Garti
as Policeman
Malcolm Pitt
as Job Club Manager
Dennis Blanch
as Director
Daryl Fishwick
as Social Worker
David Lonsdale
as Repossession Man
Muriel Hunt
as Horse's Mum
Fiona Watts
as Beryl
Theresa Maduemezia
as Horse's Sister
Fiona Nelson
as Horse's Sister
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All Critics (44) | Top Critics (8)

It's a familiar show-biz routine but one that's spangled with happy surprises and sharp acting.

December 31, 1999
USA Today
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Largely sweet and insubstantial, not so much "funny" as it is charming and grin-making.

Full Review… | July 2, 2012
Antagony & Ecstasy

Who knew male strippers could be so sweet?

Full Review… | January 2, 2011
Common Sense Media

Leaves the audience smiling and giggling, all the while painting a convincing and touching portrait of the downtrodden in England.

Full Review… | March 8, 2009

The premise of this British comedy, out-of-work male strippers, is contrived and calculated, but the film exudes charm and optimism.

Full Review… | December 19, 2007

When it was first released in 1997, it made quite a name for itself, arguably in large part to the fact of its subject matter. A decade later, the shock factor is gone and what's left is a genuinely funny little film.

Full Review… | September 22, 2007
Calgary Movies

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A great working class film, that has depth but also a comedic feel that will leave a giant smile on your face, you will also be moved to dance witht the great soundtrack!

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This is a funny film - in part because these guys make the best of a horrible situation - most of Sheffield being thrown out of work when the steelworkers are all laid off.

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