The Full Monty


(out of 5)

Laid-off steelworkers in Northern England decide to put on an all-male strip show to revive their employment status and regain their manly confidence in Peter Cattaneo’s delightful comedy, which took the world by storm and deservedly so. Simon Beaufoy’s sparkling script follows the boys around as they put together their performers, their music and their show, deciding that instead of doing the ridiculous Chippendale routine of bathing-beauty muscle that only teases and never gives, they’ll be going ‘the full monty’ (or all the way, as we North Americans would put it). Robert Carlyle is excellent as the leader of the troupe, and he is supported by a brilliant and talented supporting cast (especially Tom Wilkinson), all of whom contribute to making this enjoyable film so much more poignant than it would be otherwise. The film also started a spate of knock-offs that involved men expanding their limited horizons by taking on ‘girly’ activities (Billy Elliot learns ballet, the boys of Greenfingers take up gardening, etc).

Redwave Films, Channel Four Films, Twentieth Century Fox

United Kingdom, 1997

Directed by

Screenplay by

Cinematography by 

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by ,

National Board of Review Awards 1997.  

Academy Award
Best Music (Original Musical or Comedy Score) (Anne Dudley)

Best Directing (Peter Cattaneo)
Best Picture (Uberto Pasolini, producer)
Best Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen) (Simon Beaufoy)

Golden Globe Award Nomination
Best Motion Picture-Comedy or Musical

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