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      12.04.2012 22:01
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      a fantastic film not to be missed enjoy!!!

      I am a Sheffield lass through and through which probably makes me biased towards this film cause I absolutly and completly love it !!! I dont think I have ever met a native Sheffield person who does not like this film. Maybe its the nostalga that its filmed and based in Sheffield, the amazing sound track or even that my old primary school teacher plays one of the coppers ( my one and only claim to fame) but I just cant stop myself from loving this film.

      The story-

      The film follows 6 out of work men who have found themselfs on the dole after the decine in the Sheffield steel industy. Gaz is the leader of the gang and a bit of a jack the lad who is struggling to provide money for his child maintanace, Dave is his loyal friend who has body hang ups being a bit tubby and struggles to make any sexual connection with his wife, then theres their former boss Gerald, old security guard Lumper, horse- horse by name horse by nature and dodgy builder guy. After getting wind of a womens only strip show at a local working mens club Gaz decides this is his next get rich quick scheme, create a new chippendale group with one added difference- this lot go all the way The Full Monty. After a series of mess ups including death, arrest and relationship strains the men pull it off with a fantastic end result. The sound track to this film fits perfectly with the great classics You Sexy Thing by Hot Chocolate, Hot Stuff Donna Summers and my fav Come up and see me make me smile, all adds to the magic of the film.
      I do often wonder how people who are not from Sheffield manage with some of the dialect included in the film and if they wonder if our accents are really as bad as they sound (believe me they are), but I do have to take my hat off to Robert Carlyle as a Scot, his Sheffield accent it perfect and really makes the audience believe he is from Sheffield.

      This film has some get laugh out loud moments which start right form the start of the film, I always love the canal moment and Gaz's " Ah not so bad" sos. Geralds "widges on parade bring your own microscopes" insult Guys "shut up saggy tits" or my personal favourite "put down and piss off" I could quite easily spends hours writing each and every fantasic line which always gets a laugh and me and my boyfriend still share the odd giggle at some of the classic lines . The film is full of rude crude moments and a bout of swearing thrown in for good measures so its not one for people with a more sensitive nature, you definatly need to take this film with a pinch of salt. Although there is some tedius parts in the film there is also some rare gem moments such as the famous dole office scene where the men dance to Hot Stuff playing into the background or the brill scene where they are seeing of the loan shark in their briefs. The soundtrack matches the film perfectly and although it has received a certain amount of criticism due to the fact they strip to 'you can leave your hat on' and not 'you sexy thing' the first song was definatly the right choice.

      Now Im not saying this film is perfect, it does have its downs points, the story is quite slow in places and takes some time to get going and unless you stick with it you do find yourself getting bored. Also as mention above there is a certain amount of swearing in the film which in some cases is not necessary, the F words seems to be every other word in some cases which does drag down the film and could have quite easily been taken out. One other minor thing which does bother me which cant be picked up on by anyone who isnt familiar with the Sheffield area, is that the locations of some of the films are often out of sync, but like I said only a minor problem.

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      The film embodies all that is great with British film making and should not be missed, although it is now getting quite outdated it can still be enjoyed by the new and old generations. This film is full of laughs tears and all round great entertainment, I would urge anyone to watch this fillm as your truly missing out on something special if you dont.

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        20.11.2011 11:52
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        Didn't quite do it for me, but I appreciate the sentiments

        RELEASED: 1997, Cert.15

        RUNNING TIME: Approx. 90 mins

        DIRECTOR: Peter Cattaneo

        PRODUCER: Uberto Pasolini

        SCREENPLAY: Simon Beaufoy

        MUSIC: Anne Dudley

        MAIN CAST:-

        Robert Carlyle as Gaz
        Steve Huison as Lomper
        Mark Addy as Dave
        Paul Barber as Horse
        Hugo Speed as Guy
        Tom Wilkinson as Gerald
        William Snape as Nathan

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        When the steel mill at which they worked together shuts down, Gaz and his friends/co-workers find themselves on the dole.

        Gaz is having problems meeting his child maintenance payments which is adversely affecting his relationship with his son Nathan, Gerald is hiding his unemployment from his materialistic wife and Dave is worrying about being overweight.

        Inspired by seeing a long queue of women lined up to see The Chippendales, Gaz has the idea that he and his jobless friends should get together and form a similar act of their own in order to make a bit of money. However, Gaz's ambition doesn't go without a few hitches along the way.

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        It is only very recently that I've taken the plunge into watching The Full Monty, having missed it in the late 1990s when everybody else was talking and laughing about it, declaring it to be a gem of typically British humour...therefore, I was expecting something which would at most move me and at the very least, give me a few laughs.

        In the first instance, I got straight into the film, my attention being pulled by the realistic sense of despair being suffered by the out of work group of ex steelworkers. I was immediately and particularly impressed by Robert Carlyle's performance as the edgy, wide-boyish, yet clumsily enterprising character of Gaz who underneath his laddish veneer, is hurting quite badly due to his eroding relationship with his little son, fearful of his ex-wife's threats to apply for full custody. The remaining cast members also played their parts very well, and I quickly developed a soft spot for the overweight, ultimately gentle-natured Dave, whose already questionable confidence levels had been seriously eroded by losing his job.

        Despite the film's reputation for being a barrel-load of laughs, I have to be honest and say that it simply didn't stimulate my sense of humour as I found it to contain a strong 'romp' type element, which is a genre that holds little appeal for me. I did raise a smile though at the point in the film where the men are discussing television, notably the remark made from one to another about wildlife programmes (those who have seen and are familiar with The Full Monty will know what I mean).

        I was surprised that Hot Chocolate's You Sexy Thing is only used as the closing credits roll, rather than it being part of the main in-film theme. As far as the rest of the music is concerned, it is quite good, e.g. Donna Summer's Hot Stuff and Sister Sledge's We Are Family, but I really could have done without the inclusion of Gary Glitter's Rock & Roll Parts 1 & 2, as that for me is one of the worst disasters ever to have disgraced the British singles charts.

        I found the whole atmosphere of The Full Monty quite depressing, despite the intentional humorous stretches....which, as said above, didn't really amuse me as what truly makes me laugh in life is down a different path altogether. I also wasn't particularly keen on the personalities of the men, aside from deep down softie Dave, who did warm the cockles of my heart a little.

        The social setting for the film, from the aspect of people's day to day general behaviour, is one I feel quite uncomfortable with. I thus was cringing somewhat at the whole aspect of groups of raucous, baying, boozy women gathering together to watch men strip down to their barest essentials...very typical of something which if I personally was invited to, I'd turn tail from and run a million miles in the opposite direction - not at the thought of watching men make fools of themselves for a few extra bob by exposing their 'assets' - but the need to make a hasty exit from the type of behaviour which emanates from the women in that kind of situation.

        Otherwise, the script of The Full Monty was pretty good, and I did like the enterprising spirit of the men whose crumbling self-esteem and desperation leads them into doing something they otherwise never would have considered, simply to hold body and spirit together and rake in some extra cash. I can up to a point relate to where in the story they are coming from, simply because of me also having been forced into earning a living from a rather saucy job, due to having been made redundant from my 'respectable' occupation.

        Even though I guess some critics may find the portrayal of working-class Sheffield life in The Full Monty contrived at best or insulting at worst, I personally found it pretty true to life, as although I'm an Essex resident, that is exactly how people in similar situations behave in my own neck of the woods; but, as said above, watching it on screen is something I wasn't comfortable with - not because it is close to home for me, but because I find the whole aspect of that kind of extroversion difficult to lock into and admire.

        If the 'rompish' element had been removed from The Full Monty, I probably would have enjoyed it a lot more, preferring to have seen a full-blown serious, dark, grim portrayal of working-class despair in its most tragic element, rather than steeped in a humour which comes across to me as a little childish around the edges. I definitely preferred the serious parts of the film, which did sharply and at times unexpectedly contrast with the lighter, comedic aspects. After the closing credits rolled, I found myself wishing that Mike Leigh had got his hands on it and turned it into one of his bitingly dark dramas, most of which contain a much wryer, less 'in your face' element of sardonic, borderline black humour.

        However, I do respect all the cast and crew of The Full Monty, because despite it not quite hitting my spot as well as it seems to have done for the majority, it certainly is a brave and at least moderately enjoyable tale of ultimate positivity, whereby a group of men thrown onto the scrap-heap, bravely take on an unusual and challenging enterprise in order to restore their self-respect.

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        At the time of writing, The Full Monty can be purchased on Amazon as follows:-

        New: from £2.11 to £8.97
        Used: from 22p to £2.50
        Collectible: from £1.95 to £5.95

        A delivery charge of £1.26 should be added to the above figures.

        Thanks for reading!

        ~~ Also published on Ciao under my CelticSoulSister user name ~~

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          17.08.2009 14:13
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          An excellent choice of movie for a night in

          Occasionally British filmmakers produce a comedy gem and The Full Monty can be classified as one of these. I can hardly remember when a film made me laugh so much.

          The film is set in Sheffield during a time of recession, when poverty and unemployment is on the rise. A group of men, who lose their jobs at the local steel factory, meet up at the local Job Club and become friends. Each one has his own tale of tragedy and misfortune. Due to circumstances the group decide to form their own stripper group after the Chippendales visit the town and all the women are swooning about the hunky men. Their aim is to earn some desperately needed cash (and maybe regain some of their self-respect back in the process). They do not allow a lack of talent or an embarrassing arrest and newspaper headlines to stop them from getting their hour in the limelight, and on impulse promise to go one step further than the Chippendales by going the Full Monty i.e. total nudity.

          I think what makes this comedy such a success is that fact that it deals with fragile, normal people. It highlights their insecurities and fears. You won't find any of the Glitz and Glamour of Hollywood. Only one member of the stripper group has a good body, the others are embarrassed about their bodies: one is overweight, two are too skinny and the other two have problems of a rather personal nature (not to be mentioned in a review!).

          It is not a surprise that this film got 4 Academy Award nominations.
          As this The Full Monty has been available for years the DVD should only cost about £3.

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            05.06.2009 12:41
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            The Full Monty DVD

            Take it all off!!

            Great, great English films only come around once in a while, Bridget Jones, Four Wedding , Love Actually and when they do they are an absolute hit. One of my favourite English hit films is The Full Monty. It's a feel good movie, proving that, what ever your situation, if you put your mind to something you can achieve anything.

            The old saying goes that it's grim up North! Industry and the jobs within Sheffield have dried up leaving people unemployed and depressed. The story focuses on Gaz, a unemployed steel worker and five of his mates. They all have personal problems due to the fact that they have no jobs. Gaz cannot afford to pay for his sons child support payments and as a result has a bad relationship with his son, Dave is having problems with his wife, Gerald hasn't told his wife he's unemployed!

            Gaz stumbles upon the idea of forming a male dancing troupe after seeing the local woman go crazy over a visit from the Chippendales. The rest of the movie then goes on to show how they from their group and how it really does change their lives.

            The thing I love about this film is that it has some extremely funny scenes. Picture if you can, six somewhat rythmically challenged men trying to learn how to dance. Some are a bit fat and not sexy at all, others have no idea how to move, some are a little bit too old but some have the gift and it's just hilarious to watch their progress and how they feel about doing it. Gradually you see them become more comfortable with their bodies, something women have always had to deal with and to see men achieving it is something really quite different. It has a really great British cast, including Robert Carlyle as Gaz, Mark Addy, Tom Wilkinson and Hugo Spear to name but a few.

            I think this film also works because it shows people achieving their dreams and that's something everybody in life strives for. The soundtrack is awesome also and definitely adds to the feel good factor of the show. Hot Stuff by Donna Summer is the song that runs throughout the whole movie and is what they dance too, as well as some Sister Sledge, Gary Glitter, Tom Jones, etc.

            The film was released in 1997 so it's well over ten years old now but I think definitely still stands the test of time. It was actually nominated for four academy awards but only won the Oscar for Best Original Music Score. According to an article I read, in 2000, readers of Total Film magazine voted The Full Monty the 49th greatest comedy film of all time.

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              24.05.2009 11:03
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              An enjoyable film

              When I was on holiday a couple of weeks ago for some reason I suddenly decided I want to buy The Full Monty on DVD when I got back. I am not sure where this came from, maybe it was from seeing so many near naked bodies by the pool? Anyway....

              The Full Monty originally came out in 1997, and was a film I enjoyed watching as a youngster. I recently went into Asda and found this DVD for 4 pounds and so purchased straight away.

              The film is based in Sheffield, where there was once a thriving steel industry. Fast forward to the 90's though and that has all changed. The people who were once working in the steel companies are now unemployed spending their days down the job club or trying to find another way to make some money.

              The main character of the film is Gary (played by Robert Carlyle), he was once a worker in the steel factory but now spend shis time trying to come up with schemes to make a quick buck including stealing and selling steal from the old warehouses. He has a son, Nathan (William Snape) who he looks after part of the time, as he is not with Nathans Mum anymore. Nathan always seems to get dragged into all of Gary's schemes. It is when his Nathans Mum decides that she has had enough of Gary not paying his fair share towards Nathan that she decides to get full custody of him. This is all it takes for Gary to know this is where he needs to think of something really good to make some money.

              Gary and his best mate Dave (Mark Addy), come across the idea of becoming strippers after seeing how popular the Chippendales were with the female population of Sheffield. They get laughed at but soon enough manage to get a group of men together willing enough to take their clothes off for a bit of money. Not only is it Gary and his mate Dave (who isn't too keen on the idea being a little bit fat) but they find some other unsuspecting victims. These include their old manager in the steel factory, Gerard, the security man from the factory Lomper, Horse an older man whose name doesn't really live up to reality and Guy who likes to run into walls. Together they must pull off the impossible and make some money!

              One of the things I like most about the film is that the characters each have their little story. Gary is the main character and is the main reason it all is happening. The others all have reasons for joining in though. Dave is worried that is wife Jean wants to leave him and is convinced she is having an affair with a man who works in the supermarket. Gerards wife doesn't even know he has lost his job and so is still down the shops spending money he doesn't have. Lomper is found by the guys trying to kill himself, he lives with his Mum and has no friends. All of these mini stories really add to the story as a whole and show that it is just not the main character Gary who has problems and how unemployment can effect people in different ways.

              The idea of the film is very simple but it really works. It is great that the characters would be the last people you would expect to be strippers as that is what really makes it funny. There are plenty of laughs to be had along the way. It is funny watching these different characters together trying to dance and trying to be sexy. Apart from the obvious comedy there is also a very serious undertone about unemployment and a mans struggle to support his son and this makes the film more special.
              The DVD I bought only has a couple of extra features including the trailer and also scene access. The DVD can be purchased from Asda, Amazon and Play for around 4 pounds.

              I personally really enjoy the film and I like the fact that there are funny moments and serious moments but most of all that it all adds up to a great film.

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                18.05.2009 18:01
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                worth a watch

                The full monty is a british film , released in 1997 twentieth century fox . The film is set in Sheffield , South Yorkshire . It is at a time , when the steel industry has collapsed and the six characters are unemployed . The main character is Gaz (robert carlyle - trainspotting) who like the rest is a regular in the dole que and down the job club . Gaz has split with his ex , but has a child with her and struggles with his child support payments . One week a group of 'chippendales' take over the local working mens club and make a killing , so the group of lads decide to give it a go but do 'the full monty' .There are many ups and downs during the film and lots of funny scenes during rehearsals including getting arrested , scaring off balliffs , fake bake/fake tan/sunbeds and penis enlargement devices .Anyway its a happy and funny ending , which results in the group making a stack of money to spend on whatever they desire .Its a proper british working class film .

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                  The location is Sheffield England, with unemployment rife in the steel industry and many steel factories being shut down. Six unemployed steel workers decide to do the full Monty......... full nudity.

                  I had a seriously fun time last week when i brought the full Monty for £3.00 off ebay, it can also be purchased else where like amazon for £3.97. I giggled my self to sleep that night as i thought back to the movie and its sense of direction.
                  For me Gaz (Robert Carlyle)was the main man to watch because he brought hum self to the movie, nothing was held back from him and he gave it all 100%. A definantly fun movie with lots of little giggle makers along the way, bound to make you laugh and this movie has been officially rated as one of the best British gritty comedies of its time 1997.
                  Its the sort of movie that has you rooting for the wrong guy, but hating him at the same time and feeling disgusted by him, but you cant help yourself and give in to this movies gritty charm.

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                    05.12.2008 10:09
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                    ** British Comedy at its best **

                    ** Looking For Some Hot Stuff **



                    As The Full Monty was on channel 4 last night I decided to do a quick review about it. The Full Monty released in 1997 was a risk film. It was never thought to be very successful when being made. Director Peter Caltaneo was not a highly known film director and before this film worked more on TV series than films. I first saw the film when it came out on DVD and we rented it from the video shop. As we liked it so much we brought it on VHS.

                    ~ Info ~

                    Directed by- Peter Caltaneo
                    Written by- Simon Beaufoy
                    Certificate- 15
                    Distributed by- 20th Century Fox
                    Release Date- 29 August 1997
                    Run time- 95 Mins


                    ~ CAST ~

                    Gaz - Robert Carlyle
                    Dave - Mark Addy
                    Nathan - William Snape
                    Lomper - Steve Huison
                    Horse - Paul Barber
                    Mandy - Emily Woof
                    Gerald - Tom Wilkinson
                    Guy - Hugo Speer


                    ~ Plot ~

                    The town of Sheffield, England where the major Steel Production has been sunk and hundreds of men lost their jobs. This includes friends Gary and Dave who have been working in Steel for over 10 years. They are both very down to earth men who just want to make some money. Gary or 'Gaz' as his friends call him is a divorced lonely man who is in battle to keep seeing his son Nathan with his ex wife and her new partner. Gary although does not really do normal father and son activities on the weekends still will do anything for his son to be around him. Dave his best friend for many years also loosing his job is a very depressed man and worries about his weight and his wife Jean. He is constantly battling with trying to loose weight then giving up and getting himself into a depressive state of no one wanting him. The two after joining the job centre meet several other men who are seriously needing money. One of these is Gerald.
                    Gerald is a former business man who has lied about not having a job to his wife. He at first thinks Gaz and Dave are being ridiculous but after everything crashes down around him and he is kicked out from his home he joins the group for a laugh and to make abit of money to clear his loans.
                    After seeing a Chipendales night at the local bar the men desperate to earn money to save their marriages / custody battles and pay their loans and bills, they decide they could earn a lot of money doing a strip show. They find more males to help them perform by holding auditions in the warehouse.
                    This is where Horse is found, who is properly the man with the most dance experience. Joining the group is Guy and Lomper.
                    As their lives go up and down the lads get a space at the local Working Men's Club to perform and sell hundreds of tickets, where they perform to the bare.


                    ~ Values ~

                    The Full Monty has a lot of moral values in the film which I really liked.
                    The main ones include-

                    * Men's Values on their appearance- This film shows to females how men also can be very conscience about their appearance. Dave shows this a lot through out the film thinking his wife doesn't love him because he is over weight. You can see how it makes him miserable and very depressed. The group has a very mixed appearance from good physique to overweight to above 50. I think women don't realise that men get just as worried about looking good as women do.

                    * Homosexuality- there is an acknowledgment of homosexuality in the film as two of the men find a strong connection between them. It also shows that anyone of any gender, age or looks can have an attraction. I think this is good for the film as it has all ranges of life problems and complications.

                    * Family Values- the family values in the film are quite ranged. The main one focused on Gaz is divorce, custody battles and relationships. Gary all through the film struggles to keep hold of seeing his son at the weekends. He gets into trouble a lot not seriously but his ex wife does not think Gary is stable to see his son. The Full Monty shows a more realistic view of families today. As the divorce rate has been rising since the beginning of the 90's this is why this is the main relationship the film shows. A lot more children today are growing up in step families.

                    * Unemployment- This is another main value shown in the film. It shows how unemployment is rising and how hard it is for everyone to get back on the employment ladder. It shows the guys at the job centre a lot and how they get low benefits and do not get a lot of help.

                    ~ Media Language ~ Gentlemen The Lunchbox Has Landed ~

                    The Full Monty is a comeback comedy film. Comedy had pretty much been abandoned by the 90's and this was the first British Comedy to try get a come back on the genre. As it is a British comedy the film uses the slang Sheffield established at the time. It showed the British in a new light for international viewers. The only representations of British was Cockney or Formal London Speaking, this brought on a whole new audience to British films.

                    One particular scene I love is the 'Hot Stuff' scene in the Post office. Apparently this scene was originally going to be cut from the final draft but I'm glad it wasn't. It's very well done. I like the way the music starts and quite quietly as the men are queuing Gaz happens to be on the other queue watching them. It seems as the singing starts the men practise their routine in the queue mixed up with other men. This is the moment where you know they all start to believe in themselves and putting on a good show.

                    The opening sequence was also done very nicely, the footage of Sheffield and convincing people that it was a tourist city. The images and what is supposed to be a television programme about the city tells the audience where the film is set and about the situation of the Steel Industry so it is not complicated explaining it during the film.


                    ~ Opinion ~

                    The Full Monty is a brilliant comedy, ive seen the film loads of times and never get bored watching it. The acting is performed well especially from Gaz's son Nathan and the music used is very of the time which the film was made. The film has a great British cast and interesting story lines that keep the audience intrigued the whole way through. You can understand some of the issues brought up in the film and you really feel for the characters.
                    I would defiantly recommend the film to anyone who loves comedies. The certificate is 15 which is appropriate for the sexual content and language used in the film. You can buy a copy of the DVD now for as little as £5 from play.com.


                    ~ Extras ~

                    * The Full Monty won an Oscar for Best Original Music Score.
                    * The film was ranked in the magazine- Total Film as the 49th greatest comedy film of all time.
                    * Filming Locations-Sheffield- Asda Supermarket, Crookes Cemetery, Langsett school, Eversure Textiles, Shiregreen Working Men's Club.



                    ~ Soundtrack ~


                    * The Zodiac- David Lindup
                    * Slaidburn- The British Steel Stocksbridge Band
                    * Im The leader Of The Gang- Gary Glitter
                    * Moving On Up- M People
                    * Hot Stuff - Donna Summer
                    * You Sexy Thing - Hot Chocolate
                    * Je t'aime...moi non plus - Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg
                    * Land Of A Thousand Dances- Wilson Pickett
                    * Make Me Smile- Steve Harley
                    * We Are Family- Sister Sledge
                    * Rock and Roll- Gary Glitter
                    * You can leave Your Hat On- Randy Newman
                    * Abide With Me- William H Monk



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                      07.09.2008 11:47
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                      Very good comedy

                      The Full Monty is a 1997 British comedy telling the tale of six unemployed steel workers in the 1970s, and the issues and lengths they will go to to get ahead in life. It was directed by Peter Cattaneo, and features a host of instantly recognisable British actors. The film has been praised for its comedic effort at tackling serious issues, and would probably have done a lot better at the Oscars had it not been released in the same year as the 11 Oscar winning Titanic.

                      The tale takes us to Sheffield in 1972, and tracks how the lives of six unemplyed steel workers all fight together and raise money by doing a male striptease act. Cattaneo takes us through the efforts that the six go to, and also the strains on their private lives, and switches between the comedy and the tragic and more serious issues explored within the film.

                      The acting is top notch, and with Robert Carlyle and Tom Wilkinson probably the most recognisable of a familiar cast, they all do well. But what is most impressive about this film is the raw emotion shown by the characters, as they tackle issues such as unemployment, fathers' rights and suicide throughout the film. The film is reminiscent of the powerful Brassed Off released the year, which also dealt with unemployment amongst steel workers in the north of England, and these powerful issues are on show here in The Full Monty also. Peter Cattaneo and writer Simon Beaufoy are very careful to tackle these elements with the necessary care and attention required.

                      But they are also very careful to not take away from the fact that this is above all else a comedy, so I won't get bogged down in the issues at stake. The soundtrack fits the film perfectly, with U Sexy Thing by Hot Chocolate at its head. The film actually won an Oscar for Best Original Music Score. Ultimately, the music lends itself to the comedy very well. The sight of six uncomfortable men learning a stage striptease routine whilst out and about is very funny, and RTobert Carlyle, normally quite a serious actor, is hilarious Personally, I think Mark Addy as Dave steals the show a bit, but hats off must go to the entire cast and crew for giving us a wonderful tale which is a comedy first off but also deals with some awkward issues in a very mature and sensitive matter.

                      The DVD is available from amazon.co.uk for £3.98, and well worth having. It is a film you can watch more than once and still enjoy it.

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                        Very good British film well worth seeing

                        This is a good honest British film. I liked it quite a lot. It feels a bit dated now but maybe that's because I don't live in an area like the one where the film is set. The characters are all so individual and it's a joy getting to know them through the course of the film. The film has highs and lows but overall is a little on the miserable side for my liking. But then I guess that is the subject matter and how many of these people felt. It certainly makes you grateful for what you have.

                        On the other hand, it is a comedy. There are dark bits to it but there are some really hilarious moments. It is easy viewing as well, despite the undercurrent of social commentary. If there is anyone out there who hasn't yet seen this film, buy the DVD now. It is without a doubt worth it!

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                          Great British comedy

                          This is an absolutely hilarious comedy film and is British film making at its best and it is no surprise that it one an Academy award, to be honest it should have won more than one in my opinion. It boasts an excellent British cast and is one of those films I can watch again and again, the scene in the benefits office is so clever and subtle in the way that it is developed.

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                          Robert Carlyle ... Gaz
                          Mark Addy ... Dave
                          William Snape ... Nathan
                          Steve Huison ... Lomper
                          Tom Wilkinson ... Gerald
                          Paul Barber ... Horse
                          Hugo Speer ... Guy
                          Lesley Sharp ... Jean
                          Emily Woof ... Mandy
                          Deirdre Costello ... Linda
                          Paul Butterworth ... Barry
                          Dave Hill ... Alan
                          Bruce Jones ... Reg

                          Set during the time of all the pit clsures in the north of England and Wales it follows the lives of five miners who are out of work and with no real prospects. They decide to form a male dance troupe to strip for hen parties, now these gys are hardly Chippendale material although Robert Carlyle in the lead role of Gaz is a total hunk.

                          Needless to say these rather macho blokes go through some serious pain to carry out their act and the whole film is very funny from start to finish. There are some grea performances and also a wondrful sound track.

                          This is a nice uplifting film that charts a fairly bleak period for many people and as such the film is well worth seeing if you are one of the few people left in the country who have not seen it yet.

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                            24.07.2008 19:50
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                            The best film about stripping ex steelworkers you are ever going to see... Guaranteed.

                            This movie is absolute genius and I never tire of it. When it first came out in the cinema I was very dubious of the concept but a female friend dragged me along and I fell in love with the story. It is very tastefully done (I think you know what I mean since I am talking about a movie about men stripping completely naked) and really manages a fantastic mixture of comedy and pathos... there are lots of scenes that really tug at the heartstrings but not to the point that the film is depressing. There is always another laugh round the corner. Every single character is beautifully crafted and honed and I dare anyone who watches it to have one that they don't like or don't feel for through the course of the movie. The rapport between all the main characters is felt in every scene and every time I have the pleasure of watching this movie, I am left with a really warm glow at the end.

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                            28.05.2008 18:25
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                            brilliant

                            People pay good money to see 'men' strip,

                            this film is a right laugh, but it also highlights how hard times really were when employment hit rock bottom in sheffield.
                            With high hopes of rasing some money after the steel factory shuts down six desperate working class men decide to go a step further then your average part time job and form an exotic male dance group.

                            the film was Producted in 1997 it is a 'LOL' film, Directed by Peter Cattaneo this film will sertantly make you giggle but you must be of 15 years and over to watch it. although you dont actully see any male parts, it has a suicide attempt and some 'strong' language.

                            but i really do recomend you watch it because it is a funny film that feels like a autobiography in a way it has real people doing real things
                            to earn something that is worth more than money, Confidence and pride.

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                              23.07.2007 10:33
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                              British cinema at its best!

                              I had a brilliant evening in last night, transported back to 1997 and one of my favourite all time films - The Full Monty - which I have recently acquired on DVD.

                              I don't suppose that there are many people who do not know a little about the storyline in The Full Monty. However, I will just give a brief synopsis. The story is set in Sheffield in the mid 90s. Once a thriving centre of the steel industry, now there is mass unemployment. The central character is Gary (played by Robert Carlyle) who is desperate to make a bit of money so he can pay the maintainance arrears for his son Nathan, and therefore carry on seeing him.

                              Gary is always on the lookout for one scam or another, most of which don't get him anywhere, until he stumbles across the idea of male stripping! Along with his friend Dave (played briliantly by Mark Addy) they set about recruiting a troupe of dancers who are set to rival the real Chippendales! However, why would any woman in her right mind want to go and view a group of unemployed Yorkshiremen when they can have the real thing? Therefore they have to promise more by vowing to go 'the full monty'!

                              The unlikely group include Gerald, their former boss; a thin and scrawny ginger haired man still living with his mother; a gay bathroom fitter; and an almost geriatric man with fantastic rhythm! It is a sense of desperation that brings all these men together and all their stories are very touching. For example, Gerald has been unemployed for six months but has not had the courage to tell his wife who is still happily spending on the credit card! He dresses for work and leaves the house each day keeping up a pretence of still working. It's obvious he will be found out sooner or later but is his wife understanding or not? You'd have to watch the film to find out!

                              It is the character of Mark with whom I sympathise the most. Since losing his job he has really lost his self esteem. He knows he is fat but just can't seem to stop himself from eating the chocolate bars! His wife is despairing for him, and he is the most reluctant of them all to reveal all on stage. As he says 'why would anyone want to see this fat b***ard!' I think Mark Addy plays this character brilliantly, and in what is essentially a hilarious film, I am always moved to tears by some of his scenes.

                              Along side Mark Addy I think all the acting is excellent. I always enjoy watching Robert Carlyle and he plays the part of Gary in a very understated way, but one that really works and you really feel for him too. One of the real stars for me though is the young William Snape, who plays Gary's son Nathan. His facial expressions are brilliant especially when he is fed up or embarrassed by another of his dad's scams! I have not heard of this actor doing anything else since, but he seemed so promising that I would be surprised if he hadn't had further success!

                              Over all The Full Monty is a very funny and uplifting film, and definitely shows how it is possible, with a little determination, to triumph over adversity! There is a hugely funny and very well known scene when all the men are in the dole queue, when over the radio they hear one of the songs which they have been rehearsing. Before long, they are all moving along the queue, swaying their hips and sinchronising their movemnets in time to the music!

                              It is the sort of film where you can't help rooting for the characters and you can't help watching with a smile on your face. Even with the drab, run down back drop of unemployed Sheffield, you feel an optimism that things will be all right in the end. And what happens? Is the show a success, and do the men actually do 'the full monty'? Well I won't say, but watch the film and you will definitely enjoy finding out!

                              It's interesting when you watch this film that you notice all the smoking. We've only had the ban since 1st July, but already it seems quite shocking to see all the smoking that goes on in public places. This is probably one element that will start to date the film! Also, I remember when, in the mid 90s, male strippers like The Chipendales, were everywhere. In fact I even remember being part of a wild frenzied female audience at the Manchester Playhouse watching them! What happened to these sorts of acts as they don't seem to be around in such a big way? I guess it's another element that sets the film firmly in the nineties! By the way the depiction of the wild female audiences are spot on (and just as I remember!)

                              I remember watching this film at the cinema in 1997 probably about a week after it had opened. It was one of the few times when I have experienced a British audience standing up and clapping at the end of a film but that was exactly the right thing to do!

                              With my DVD there is a second disc with all the extras. One of these talks about the success of the film and the aftermath which really was amazing. One thing I hadn't remembered though was the fact that the week after I had watched it saw the death of Princess Diana. There was apparently much debate about whether the cinemas would open the weekend of the funeral, but they did. Whereas for virtually every other film the viewings and takings were dwn, for The Full Monty it was just the opposite. A film like this was seen as just what the public needed in order to lift their spirits at a very sad and low time!

                              I thoroughly recommend watching this film on DVD over and over again. There is so much in it and if you're feeling a littl bit tired or low it is probably just what you want in order to lift your spirits. Incidentally, my husband didn't think he would enjoy the film because he thought that a film about male strippers had to be just for women. However, having sat down and watched it with me more than once, he would probably agree that he enjoys it as much as I do!

                              If you don't have a copy, the 2 disc edition DVD which I have is on sale from Amazon for an incredible price of £3.97!

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                                A bunch of unemployed men try to earn some quick money by becoming strippers

                                >>>> Synopsis

                                Having lost his job due to the closure of the Sheffield Steel works, jack-the-lad Gaz (Robert Carlyle) is struggling to find the money to pay his ex-wife her child support payments. After witnessing the phenomenal success of the famous stripping act, The Chippendales, at a local club, he devises a plan to form his own stripping act in the search of some quick, easy money. With the help of his best friend Dave (Mark Addy), a slightly robust chap who is suffering from low self-esteem and their former foreman, Gerald (Tom Wilkinson) who is trying to make ends meet whilst not telling his wife that he no longer has a job, they set about fine tuning their stripping skills with the aid of some other misfit friends.


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                                Out of the thousands of films I have watched, there are very few which I could honestly say I could watch every week without getting tired of them. One of these is “The Full Monty”, a low budget Brit flick from 1997, which despite some significant flaws is one of the most popular films to have been made in Britain in the last 10 years. I say significant flaws, as looking at it from a purely technical aspect; it suffers from quite a simple plot, performances which would suit your average TV drama and to be totally blunt, it is not at all complex in any sense of the word. But before you think I am slagging the film off, it is the fact that “The Full Monty” is honest and simple in its approach, not trying to be anything more than a fun and amusing look at life, which makes the film so exceptionally enjoyable.

                                Whilst the main theme of the storyline may appear to be the journey of these unemployed men as they prepare themselves for their big performance as male strippers, you would be completely wrong if you think this is going to be on an erotic par with the likes of “Striptease” and “Showgirls”. In fact the eroticism is non existent as one of the running jokes throughout the film is that this band of misfit men, ranging from the chubby to the old, are the least likely of sex symbols to make any women pay money to see getting naked. But if you look deeper underneath this covering plot, the film is made up of several individual plot lines surrounding the individuals in the group. You have Gaz who despite his apparent laziness will do anything for his son, even if it means stripping in front of a crowd of screaming women. Then you have his best friend Dave, who since being made unemployed is suffering from low-esteem which is affecting his relationship with his wife. Then on top of this you have Gerald, who is hiding the truth from his wife that he is no longer employed, whilst she is still leading an affluent life style. These are not the only plot lines, and the other remaining members of the troop also have storylines which look at depression leading to the feelings of suicide as well as homosexuality. But whilst these storylines may look quite diverse and in reality quite depressing, the film does a magnificent job of handling them in such a way that it comes across as being light hearted with out trivialising the importance of them. It is the down-to-earth, but amusing look at how unemployment affects these men which makes this films plot that little bit more enjoyable than other similar films, such as “Brassed Off”.

                                A huge part of this films success is in the humour which dominates the film, with a decent mixture of visual and vocal jokes. Unlike some films which seem to throw gags at you left right at centre in blatant attempts to make you laugh, the humour naturally flows through out the film and not once do you feel that a scene has been contrived just in a blatant attempt to place a certain gag that the writers felt was funny. Right from the opening sequence which sees Gaz and Dave trying to steal a girder from a closed down factory, through to the now famous impromptu dance routine in the job centre queue, there is not a single scene which does not make you smile or laugh, which is quite a remarkable feat. It is no surprise that with a film which is about male stripping that we get are fair share of nob gags, but whilst some films would go over the top with crudeness “The Full Monty” manages to insert these with out offending anyone whilst still managing to raise a titter.

                                But it is without doubt the interesting characters and decent performances which make this film the success that it so rightly deserves to be. What also helps is that prior to the films launch, the main cast were relatively unknown allowing you to not compare them to previously performabces, except for Robert Carlyle who was already famous for his performance in “Trainspotting” and Paul Barber who was a familiar face in the BBC sitcom “Only Fools and Horses”. Although through the success of “The Full Monty” many of the cast have now become house hold names and regularly appear in big name films. But it is not so much who was playing the characters but the actual characters themselves, which like the film in general, are all down to earth characters with real life issues. From Gaz who is struggling with child support payments, through to Dave who is suffering from low self-esteem, each one of these characters are representative of real people that I am sure most of us can relate to. Praise should also go to the cast, who manage to also keep their performances real and whilst there are some scenes which do push the levels of reality slightly, for the majority of the film not a single performance seemed over the top or as if they were competing with each other for the limelight. In fact you get a real sense of a team effort from the stars, and I would imagine that they had plenty of fun making this movie. Also for those who enjoy “Coronation Street” watch out for a funny appearance from Bruce Jones, who plays Les Battersby in the soap, as a wannabe stripper.

                                I would also steep a lot of praise on director Peter Cattaneo who manages to steer away from the stereotypical approach to British films where they over play the “it’s bleak up north” route. Whilst he does paint a picture of how depressing life is, he doesn’t throw it in your face and only uses it to set the scene and provide the reasoning behind the men’s actions. I would also steep praise on the fact that the film moves along at such an enjoyable pace, that there is not a single moment where you feel anything is being dragged out or skimmed over. Of course it would be impossible to forget about the absolutely brilliant soundtrack which includes “Hot Stuff” by Donna Summer, “I’m The Leader of the Gang” by Gary Glitter, “Make me smile” by Steve Harley and most importantly the song which has become synonymous with the film “You Sexy Thing” by Hot Chocolate. This soundtrack is one of the most enjoyable I have heard in a long time and to be totally honest I often put the film on as background noise so that I can enjoy the great songs.


                                >>>> Summary

                                Despite its low budget and earthy feel, “The Full Monty” is in my opinion, on par or even better than the majority of recent British films, this is mainly down to its simple and honest approach. The plot may not be the most complex but with the additional sub plots it is more than enough to make a decent basis for the film and is firmly based in reality. Add to this some interesting characters and decent yet simple performances and you have a very enjoyable film. But the real crowning glory to the film comes from the simple but highly amusing humour and the exceptional soundtrack. All these elements have merged together under the skill of director Peter Cattaneo to make what is in my opinion, an absolute brilliant, feel good movie. One that I would recommend to absolutely everyone.


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                                Amazon.co.uk: £5.97


                                >>>> Technical Details

                                Certificate: 15
                                Duration: 88 mins
                                Year of Release: 1997
                                Genre: Comedy

                                Director(s): Peter Cattaneo
                                Writer(s): Simon Beaufoy

                                Cast: Robert Carlyle, Mark Addy, Steve Huison, Tom Wilkinson , Paul Barber, Hugo Speer, William Snape, Lesley Sharp, Emily Woof, Dave Hill, Bruce Jones


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                                Overtaking Jurassic Park as the UK's biggest box office attraction of 1998, and winning one of its four Academy Award nominations, The Full Monty was the surprise world-wide smash of the year, it's unexpected success reflecting the underdog inspiring message of the film itself. Leading a strong cast, it was Robert Carlyle's appearance here which propelled him to sex-symbol superstardom and brought him high-profile Hollywood roles in Angela's Ashes, The World is Not Enough and The Beach among others. The story revolves around the attempts of five unemployed grafters from the recession-hit industrial North to reclaim some of their dignity, which they attempt to do by the unlikely expedient of becoming male strippers. The film follows their struggle to become The Chippendales for real women, from their shambolic beginnings to their euphoric debut appearance in front of 300 hungry lasses! Saucy and spicy with a rocking soundtrack, The Full Monty tells of the triumph of spirit over adversity, reminding us that everyone can be special, no matter what their shape ... or size. This is British independent film making at its very best, exhibiting the heart-warming truthfulness captured by many UK directors, yet eschewing their often gloomy negativity for an altogether more optimistic outlook: it's a modern fairy tale in which all five Cinderellas get to go to the ball. --Paul Eisinger