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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good film about the human spirit
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...
Published on 12 May 2000 by John Peter O'connor

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1.0 out of 5 stars Bad Condition
I've only just played this DVD after ordering some time ago. Condition was stated as 'Used - Good'. However it has a deep scratch and a couple of smaller ones which prevent the disk from playing past Chapter 9. Very disappointing. I sell on amazon and would never have described this being in a sellable condition. It’s useless, I’ll have to buy another.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good film about the human spirit, 12 May 2000
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John Peter O'connor - See all my reviews
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nobody said anything to me about The Full Monty!, 21 Nov 2011
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Full Monty [1997] [DVD] (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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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "It's not bad - this stripping lark - is it?", 28 Jun 2002
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Jennifer Litchfield (Auckland, New Zealand) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Full Monty [1997] [DVD] (DVD)
The Full Monty is a "right good laff" (to borrow the parlance of its protagonists). Although the dialect may occasionally bewilder viewers unused to north-England speech, the humour doesn't need any translation. Gaz is down on his luck and is possessed of an endless supply of far-fetched money-making schemes. Inspired with a visit by the renowned Chippendale male strip-show artists to his hometown of Sheffield, and impressed at the huge amounts of money they make by seemingly just taking off their clothes and prancing around a bit, Gaz decides this is his ticket to some fast cash.
Part of the reason this film is likeable is that humour and realism go hand in hand. From the depressing backdrop of an industrial town with high unemployment, Gaz manages to cobble together a troupe of six unlikely strippers, including a suicidal security worker, a man with a dodgy hip, and a well-endowed bathroom repairman. These guys aren't super-studs, they're just ordinary blokes who are willing to give it a shot, and maybe, just maybe, get rich.
The film begins with Gaz and his friend Dave becoming marooned on a partially submerged car in the middle of a canal (the unanticipated result of one Gaz's plans), and the originality of the comedy continues throughout. So fresh is the humour, that the occasional moments when it sinks to the level of slapstick and cliché, disrupt the natural feel of the movie. The funniest sequences involve the self-titled 'Hot Metal' strippers - who have trouble comprehending dance moves unless they're related to positioning on a soccer field - attempting to master the strip-tease bump and grind (accompanied by a fabulous soundtrack of retro tunes, including Donna Summer and Hot Chocolate).
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A LEGEND IN ITS OWN LIFETIME, 5 Aug 2007
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L. Wilson (Natal South Africa) - See all my reviews
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I have had this on tape for years(and now on dvd) and I love it. Read the synopsis for the story but believe me if you have never seen this hillarious film do yourself a favour and get it now, you won`t regret it.The acting is super, the story is great and it is the full monty.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars And the next day?, 7 Dec 2009
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Mr. Derek R. Osbourne (New Malden, Surrey United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Full Monty [1997] [DVD] (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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "...Dare To Bare..." - The Full Monty On BLU RAY, 8 Jun 2014
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Mark Barry "Mark Barry" - See all my reviews
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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. Gaz now knows that he will need to pull out all the stops to keep his son - but he also twigs that in order to outdo the muscle-bound competition - he and his crew of Little and Large lookalikes (who call themselves HOT METAL) will have to pull out a bit more than a stop - they'll need to get their entire kit off - and do The Full Monty. An idea is planted, secret striptease practice begins in living rooms and disused warehouses to Hot Chocolate's "You Sexy Thing" - and soon a lithesome pep is returned to their disco-dancing step...

When "The Full Monty" was released into British cinemas in 1997 - it took the country by storm. It was brutally funny, topically apt and down to earth. And despite its dark back-story about the sapping effect of unemployment - it was properly uplifting in a way that only ballsy English comedy can be. But most of all - it had what the British Government has never had - genuine heart.

So many scenes in this film are gigglesome funny - the striptease to "Je T'Aime...Moi Non Plus" by a man about as sexy as an Orang-Utan picking his nose, discussing ways of effectively killing yourself after they've saved the ginger-haired wimp Lomper (Steve Hulson) from gassing himself in his clapped-out Cortina, their former Foreman and Boss Gerald (a stunning turn by Tom Wilkinson) worrying about getting a stiffy in front of 400 women like he did when he was a kid of 13 in a swimming pool full of teenage girls, the ageing black man Horse (Paul Barber) bemoaning the lack of results from a penis-pump in a red telephone box, Guy (Hugo Speer) dropping his pants and revealing his ample dangler ("The lunchbox has landed!"), the boys swaying their hips and behinds to Donna Summer's "Hot Stuff" as the dole queue shuffles forward...

But then it touches you too - cooking a curry on a hot engine head because they're broke and hungry, the girls using the men's toilets at the Chippendales gig when Dave's wife Jean (Lesley Sharp) stops laughing and says of her husband "It's like he's given up...work...me...everything..." But especially when Lomper's aging Mum dies and he plays the trumpet at her funeral accompanied by The British Steel Stockbridge Brass Band to a truly gorgeous version of "Abide With Me" (not a dry eye in the house).

Having watched the DVD before the BLU RAY - I'm thrilled to say that the picture quality is vastly improved. It's beautiful - and that's not something you'd say of a film like this (it was never meant to be a looker). There isn't a scratch or a speck to be seen and the steadiness of the image and the extra oomph in the mix allows both the picture and music to punch way above its weight (a top transfer).

The Extras are pleasingly indepth - Two Commentaries - one by Director Peter Cattaneo and Actor Mark Addy- the other by Principal Producer Uberto Pasolini. There are 1998 interviews with actors Robert Carlyle, Mark Addy, Hugo Speer, Paul Barber, Steve Hulson and even a very young William Snape beside himself to have gotten the child gig. There are Deleted Scenes, nearly 15 different trailers in various publicity campaigns, a function called "Music Machine" that allows you play one or all of the songs featured in the film, Derek Malcolm interviews with Producer Uberto Pasolini and Backer Lindsay Law (of Fox Searchlight), Director Peter Cattaneo, Writer Simon Beaufoy and actor Tom Wilkinson. There's even stuff of the aftermath of the film and its success.

AUDIO is English 5.1 DTS-HD, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian 5.1 DTS, Castellano 5.1 DTS. SUBTITLES are English For The Deaf and Hard Of Hearing, Portuguese, Castellano, Italian, Spanish and Japanese. Coding is ABC so all regions.

Mark Addy's character is Dave - the plumpest of the bunch and the most embarrassed about his body shape. In front of his wife - he breaks down and admits his fears - "Well look at me! Janey - who wants to see 'this' dance?" She tenderly steps up to him, puts her hands on his face and says - "Me Dave. I do."

"The Full Monty" is a fabulous film - just as funny and as moving as you remember it. It received 4 Academy Nominations in 1998 including Best Film - and now in 2013 - it finally has the format to do it proud.

I take my hat off to it...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "You can leave your hat on.", 4 Sep 2010
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Kona (Emerald City) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Full Monty [1997] [DVD] (DVD)
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classic comedy that will make you cry laughing., 5 May 2008
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This review is from: The Full Monty [1997] [DVD] (DVD)
I'd heard the hype but only watched the film as my wife wanted to see it.There is a lot of bad language in it but that is the make up of the characters in the film.The film reflects the steel industry failing in the UK and the impact it has on the workers losing their jobs.Far from being depressing,as you may expect,it handles the issues with classic comedy and genuine humour.It runs for almost 90 mins,grabs your attention from the first minute and keeps you laughing all the way through with only the odd short-lived serious moment.Don't let the swearing put you off,i was quite happy to let my 16 year old daughter watch and enjoy the film.It is the humour that stays with you.Recommended.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fine example on how movies should be made..., 19 July 2009
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Patrick Selitrenny (Switzerland a.k.a. Helvetia Felix) - See all my reviews
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I just finished reviewing "Brassed Off", and here we have another perfect example on how a movie should be made.

"The Full Monty" seems to be in a line with "Brassed Off" and explores even further the destinies of people in Industrial Towns, being massively laid off, without hope, without a future, without money, while others manage to make large profits out of these situations.

Above all, more than the industries themselves, politicians and unions.
Just those kind of people, who had sworn to represent us and protect us from infringements of the law...

But this movie goes a step further.

It shows us, like "Brassed Off", that if people get together and re-invent themselves, they might even get through the hard times,
despite all the social and financial pressures of life.

Both movies are a message of hope.

"The Full Monty" sports very familiar faces to British and International audiences. First of all Robert "007" Carlyle. This very interesting actor has managed in a few years to get on center stage by his charisma and versatile acting.

He leads a bunch of laid off people into a life adventure of its own, and this, with surprising results.

This special edition (2-Disc) of the movie is well worth the money, since it contains a lot of unseen footage.

As for "Brassed Off", I can only recommend it.

It is a thinking man's movie.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 28 Nov 2002
This review is from: The Full Monty [1997] [DVD] (DVD)
Six unemployed Sheffield steelworkers decide they can get rich quick by putting on a striptease show of their own, intending to go the `full Monty` and strip naked!
This is a British film that had astronomical success when released. As well as Robert Carlyle, who plays the main character Gaz, there are other recognisable comedy faces for British viewers: Mark Addy as Dave, Paul Barber as 'Horse', (formely Denzil in Only Fools and Horses, and Hugo Speer as Guy. Only in a British film could gnome theft and dancing in a dole queue (amoung other memorable scenes) get the whole audience hysterical.
The film's soundtrack features cool music of Wilson Pickett, Tom Jones, Donna Summer, Gary Glitter, Sister Sledge and, of course, 'The Stripper'. Indeed, as many people did in the cinema aisles, you will end up dancing yourself!
The downside is with regards to the DVD extras. Nothing special I'm afraid: scene access and original theatrical trailer only :(
Anyway. 4/5 for a great Brit-flick with an absol: would have given it 5 if the DVD extras cut the mustard!
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