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The Full Monty (1997)

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Six unemployed steel workers form a male striptease act. The women cheer them on to go for "the full monty" - total nudity.

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Gaz
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Dave
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Guy
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Jean
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Mandy
Deirdre Costello ...
Linda
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Barry
Dave Hill ...
Alan
Bruce Jones ...
Reg
Andrew Livingston ...
Terry (as Andrew Livingstone)
Vinny Dhillon ...
Sharon
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Six unemployed steel workers, inspired by the Chippendale's dancers, form a male striptease act. The women cheer them on to go for "the full monty" - total nudity. Written by Jon Reeves (from press kit) <jreeves@imdb.com>

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The year's most revealing comedy. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated R for language and some nudity | See all certifications »

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19 September 1997 (USA)  »

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Todo o nada  »

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$3,500,000 (estimated)

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$244,375 (USA) (15 August 1997)

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$45,857,453 (USA) (24 April 1998)
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Rik Mayall was considered for the role of Gaz. See more »

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When Gaz, Dave and Nathan get locked in the factory at the beginning, just after Gaz tells Dave to shut it, Nathan looks at Dave and says something, but there is no audio. See more »

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Dave: Well, I just pray they're a bit more understanding about us, that's all.
Horse: You what?
Dave: Well, they're going to be looking at us like that, aren't they, Eh? I mean, what if next Friday 400 women turn 'round and say "He's too fat, he's too old and he's a pigeon-chested little tosser."? What happens then, eh?
Horse: They wouldn't say that, would they?
Dave: Why not? He's just said her tits are too big.
Lomper: That's different. We're... blokes.
Dave: Yeah, and?
Gerald: I think she's got nice tits, actually.
Lomper: I never said owt about her ...
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The film shown behind the opening credits is "Sheffield...City on the move", made in 1971 for the Sheffield Publicity Department. See more »

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References Amarcord (1973) See more »

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The Stripper
(1964)
Written by David Rose
Performed by Joe Loss & His Orchestra
© David Rose Publishing
Courtesy of EMI Records
By kind permission of Warner/Chappell Music Limited and EMI Special Markets UK
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A seductive, playful piece of comic gumption
28 December 1998 | by (West Bend, WI) – See all my reviews

The Full Monty offers a seductive, playful piece of comic gumption: Six unemployed steel workers become amateur male strippers, baring themselves as an antidote to the dole. The title is British slang for "buck naked," but the film isn't about nudity, or lust, exactly. It takes as its subject the free-falling sense of desperation provoked by unemployment. As these flaccid bodies strive to exude "sexiness," director Peter Cattaneo turns their struggle into a blue-collared survival reflex, which yields a thin yet agreeable amount of emotional weight.

Robert Carlyle plays a bitter but devoted divorced father trying to meet his support payments so his son will trust him, and Mark Addy just wants to provide for his nurturing wife, who worries about the secret G-string buried in her flabby husband's underwear drawer.

Suffering ritual-humiliation for the sake of loved ones, these men pawn their dignity for economic survival. Cattaneo allows the script to hint at the social and fiscal conditions endured by the working-class under Thatcher, but mostly he avoids politicizing the material. Instead, he aims for rowdy, laugh-out-loud passages about awkward pseudo-debauchery. Perhaps The Full Monty settles for rather broad, coarse humor, but it has intensely pleasing charms and Cattaneo gives it an unexpected deadpan consistency. He exposes the comedy of shame, and then the comedy of shamelessness.

ERIC BELTMANN


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