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The Full Monty

A movie directed by Peter Cattaneo

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"You can leave your hat on."

  • Sep 4, 2010
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Six men who were laid off when their Yorkshire steel mill closed are desperate for money. When a one-night Chippendales show comes to town and is a big hit, they decide to make their own strip show, and to make it more interesting, they'll go completely nude! The men are neither big and buff nor good dancers, but they put their hearts into preparing for the big night.

This absolutely charming comedy has many touching moments, thanks to the well-developed and sympathetic characters we come to know: One is a divorced dad (Robert Carlyle) who needs to raise child support money, one is an overweight and depressed husband (Mark Addy), one cares for his aging mum, and one (Tom Wilkinson) hasn't had the nerve to tell his credit card-happy wife that he's been unemployed for six months. All of the actors are perfectly cast and it's worth the price just to see the venerable Wilkinson bump and grind to "Hot Stuff."

Gritty location photography and a lively, Oscar-winning disco soundtrack help create the mood of despair giving way to hope. The North country accents and slang are sometimes unintelligible, but that in no way detracts from the fun. This fast-paced and sweet film made with a tiny budget went on to break UK box office records. Highly recommended.


Robert Carlyle is the likable star of the show.

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review by . January 28, 2008
posted in Movie Hype
There are now people who use the phrase `the full monty' who have never heard of, much less seen this witty, low-key film. The expression means `to do something completely and without reserve'. It originates in the story line: a group of recently-unemployed men in sooty olde England decide to form a Chippendales style dance troupe. Their plan, at the end of their act, is to remove the last velcroed jock-strap and expose `the full monty'.   The story line is crowded with the usual film …
review by . September 22, 2006
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: Story line, music and of course, the Monty     Cons: English slang     The Bottom Line: "You give me reason to live.   You can leave your hat on!"   Tom Jones     The basic story line is great in this movie - a half dozen men, out of work, decide to go where no man has gone before - The Full Monty.      The ring leader of this doubtful group of strippers is Gaz. A bit of a showoff, someone that …
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In hopes of raising a few quid after their steel factory shuts down, a desperate group of working-class blokes in Sheffield decide to form an exotic male dance troupe, a la Chippendales, with one difference--despite their, well, average-at-best physiques, they're going to go "the full monty," meaning they'll offer their audience total nudity. Surprisingly bittersweet moments and well-intentioned social commentary imbue this raucous, feel-good comedy from England. Academy Award Nominations: 4, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Original Musical or Comedy Score. Academy Award: Best Original Musical or Comedy Score.

A group of unemployed Yorkshire steelworkers hopes to replenish their empty wallets and boost their flagging morale by following in the footsteps of the Chippendale's strippers. These guys are hardly what you would think of as buff, and few can even dance. They simply take these problems in stride, because these are men with a plan--displaced, unemployed, and feeling suffocated by the women in their lives, they just want to earn a little respect. The dialogue and interaction between these men will have you screeching with laughter, but of equal importance is their sense of camaraderie and caring. First-time director Peter Cattaneo is a name to watch for; he easily conveys the sheer humanity of these people in their small town with their sad stories and irresistible sense of optimism.--Rochelle ...
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