Gaz (Robert Carlyle) is a wily, unemployed steelworker in Sheffield,
a once-thriving British city which has now been reduced to a shadow of
its former self. When the Chippendale male dancers arrive at the local
pub for an engagement, Gaz gets the idea of putting together his own troupe
of strippers to end the financial woes that have been plaguing him since
he lost his job.
Full Monty (1997)
Starring: Robert Carlyle, Tom Wilkinson,
and Mark Addy
Of course, his strippers are hardly in the same class as the Chippendale
dancers. He assembles a rag tag bunch of former steelworkers that include
Guy, who's got the proper equipment for the job, and Horse, an older man
with a bad hip. But of course, they've got to learn to dance to make the
show a success, so they wrangle their former boss, Gerald (Tom Wilkinson),
who's a bit of a dancer, to teach them how to move on stage.
The movie is loaded with British quips and slang, but it also has a bit
of an emotional side. Gaz needs money to see his son, Nathan (William
Snape). Gerald hasn't told his wife that he doesn't have a job and when
she finds out, she leaves him. Dave (Mark Addy) has a bit of a weight
problem and doubts that anyone wants to see him naked, including his own
But the trials and tribulations of assembling the strip show and the
humor associated with it turn this movie into a classic of dialogue-based
humor. The movie was nominated for Best Picture at this year's Academy
Awards and, while it's very funny, I don't know if that honor was deserved
or not. The story is the weak link in the chain, but it's far from being
a bad story or poorly written.
So, if you're looking for a movie that will definitely get you laughing,
rent The Full Monty.
title is a British slang phrase meaning "the whole thing." According
to screenwriter Simon Beaufoy, US studio executives found it perplexing
since nobody in the film is named Monty. (Source: The
Internet Movie Database)