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  • Actors: Robert Carlyle, Tom Wilkinson, Mark Addy, William Snape, Steve Huison
  • Directors: Peter Cattaneo
  • Writers: Simon Beaufoy
  • Producers: Lesley Stewart, Paul Bucknor, Polly Leys, Uberto Pasolini
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Portuguese, Swedish, Danish, Hungarian, Polish, Icelandic, Finnish, Czech
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Jun. 2003
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004TBSY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 868 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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This hugely successful British comedy was a hit both in its homeland and the States. After witnessing the hysteria created by visiting strippers The Chippendales, unemployed Sheffield steelworker Gaz (Robert Carlyle) hatches a plan to make his fortune. Along with pal Dave (Mark Addy), he forms a strip act made up of a mixed bunch including depressed security guard Lomper and their former foreman, Gerald (Tom Wilkinson), a ballroom dancer and now also unemployed, who they persuade to choreograph the group. Once they have practiced their routine they set out to reclaim their dignity by going 'the full monty' in their act.


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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.8 out of 5 stars

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By John Peter O'connor VINE VOICE on 12 May 2000
Format: VHS Tape
The basic story of this film is very simple, a group of unemployed steel workers in Sheffield in England decide to try to raise money by performing for one night only as male strippers.
Beyond that, there is so much more.
First of all, the film is very very funny. The sight of a group of men of dubious attraction and in varying stages of unfitness trying to become a dancing & stripping troupe is just the start. Side stories like the theft of garden gnomes and the act of offering to fix a man's car so that he can gas himself are classic examples of off-beat British humour.
There is also a lot of warm human interest in this film. We see the relationship between Gaz (Robert Carlyle) and his son and his ex-wife. Also, the relationships between his friends and their wives.
In all cases, the men had lost self respect and, through the act of former workmates getting together again and making new work for themselves they recaptured their self respect, regain the respect of others and most importantly to them, they realise that they are important to their friends and families.
Often films with such a lot of fun and feel good factor leave me feeling that they are too sickly sweet and aim at some lowest common denominator. This was not like that at all, I enjoyed every minute of it.
I first saw this at the cinema and I have never before seen such a happy audience at the end of a film.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Jun. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
It opens with battered-looking promo footage waffling on about England and the wealth and prosperity Steel has brought it. "Sheffield Is A City On The Move!" - the plumy-voiced commentator enthuses. "Millions flock here...browsing in its shops! The jewel in Yorkshire's Northern Crown!" But then the cheesy music and his 1970's confidence fade away...

It's 25 years later - and Gary 'Gaz' Schofield and David 'Dave' Horsefall (Robert Carlyle and Mark Addy) are on their way home from an unsuccessful plunder run in the disused Steel Works Factory they were employed in ten years earlier (stealing £20 girders to pay maintenance money). They see a huge queue of local lasses excitedly waiting outside the Millthorpe Working Men's Club to see a strip gig by a visiting male troupe - The Chippendales. These six-pack dancing lotharios will be there 'For One Night Only' - all buffed up, covered in Johnson's baby oil and wearing tiny detachable red leather sarongs around their presumably mighty nether regions. "Waving his tackle at your missus!" Gaz ruminates to Dave - appalled and amazed at such a thought. But back at the Job Club (which never has any jobs) - Gaz and his mates calculate that at £10 per punter - times a thousand screaming girlies - that's a lot of wonga that our unemployed Sex Gods don't have stuffed down into their well manky Marks & Spencer Y-Fronts.

To make matters worse - Gaz's son Nathan (William Snape) is with his ex-wife Mandy (the lovely Emily Woof) who is shacking up with a 'decent' man - Alan. Alan has a job (Dave Hill), a home and can afford the £700 a month it costs to raise a child. Besides - although he loves him - young Nate is tired of Dad's excuses, scams and getting by.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Nov. 2011
Format: DVD
*** This review may contain spoilers ***

When male strip show act, The Chippendales, come to Sheffield and the local women pay in their droves to see the show, Gaz and the rest of his unemployed pals pick up on an idea to make some cash. A one off show where they themselves will strip on the stage, the difference being that this lot will go for the "Full Monty", totally naked dancing!

The Full Monty is a very winning comedy, it's preposterous in premise of course, but in amongst the frivolity and outright daftness, lies a very clever, and functional tale of personal relationships. In spite of what some American reviewers have said over the years, the picture is awash with very funny gags, it's just perhaps that the untrained none British eye isn't seeing the jokes? For instance, during the famous dole queue dancing sequence, have a look at the guy standing behind Tom Wilkinson, who after witnessing Wilkinson do his Fred Astaire act, merely puffs out his cheeks and carries on waiting his turn! It's little touches like that that say so much about the divide between British and American comedy.

As I alluded to earlier, The Full Monty isn't just a comedy about unsightly men doing a strip tease. We have a group of men who each strive for something in their lives, be it strains at home or sexual identity, these guys are given sensitive emotional themes from which to regain some dignity. If there is a criticism here then it would have been nice to give the female characters a bit more flesh on their bones, but this really is about the boys after all. Backed up by a foot tapping soundtrack and boasting excellent performances from the cast, The Full Monty is a hugely enjoyable picture that rewards on repeat viewings, just keep your eyes peeled for sight gags you may have missed the last time is all. 8/10
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Derek R. Osbourne on 7 Dec. 2009
Format: DVD
There are two films made a year apart on the somolar theme of the impact of a closed industry and it's effects. "Brassed Off" about the closure of a colliery has it's humour and it's pathos and is far more hard hitting.
"The Full Monty" achieves what Pasolinin set out to create - a non-political film along the Ken Loach style that tells the story of the plight of individuals affected by the closure of the steel works and how the reach through indignity to a sort of dignity.

It is good fun, but has it's moments of pathos. Well worth the watch - marvellous performances from a fine group of British actors.

Only one issue is resolved at the end though - one couple's respect and love is re-inforced. Well, I guess two, a couple of the guys discover they are gay. But will the lead character be allowed to see his son afterwards my social sevices - and after a night of triumph and a few hundred quid in the back pocket - all but one are still unemployed.
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