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The Full Monty

original film poster
Directed by Peter Cattaneo
Produced by Uberto Pasolini
Written by Simon Beaufoy
Starring Robert Carlyle
Mark Addy
William Snape
Steve Huison
Tom Wilkinson
Paul Barber
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) Flag of United States 13 August 1997
Flag of United Kingdom 29 August 1997
Flag of Australia 16 October 1997
Running time 91 min.
Language English
IMDb profile
This article is about the film. For the musical, see The Full Monty (musical).

The Full Monty is a 1997 Academy Award-winning British comedy film. It tells the story of six unemployed steel workers who decide to form a male striptease act. Despite being a comedy, the film also touches on serious subjects such as unemployment, fathers' rights, depression and attempted suicide. Image File history File links Full_monty. ... Peter Cattaneo (born 1964) is the Oscar-nominated director of the popular British comedy film The Full Monty. ... Simon Beaufoy (born 1967 in England) is a screenwriter. ... Robert Carlyle, OBE (born April 14, 1961) is a Scottish movie actor. ... Mark Addy (born January 14, 1964 in York, England) is a British actor. ... William Snape is an actor, perhaps most notable for playing Gazs son Nathan in the British comedy The Full Monty. ... Tom Wilkinson Tom Wilkinson, OBE, born December 12, 1948, is an Oscar nominated English actor. ... Paul Barber (born 1952) is a black British actor, best known for playing Denzil in Only Fools and Horses and Horse in The Full Monty. ... Fox Plaza, the company headquarters. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States. ... August 13 is the 225th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (226th in leap years), with 140 days remaining. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... August 29 is the 241st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (242nd in leap years), with 124 days remaining. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Australia. ... October 16 is the 289th day of the year (290th in leap years). ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... The Full Monty is a musical with a book by Terrence McNally and score by David Yazbek. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... Airplane! is considered by some critics to be one of the funniest movies of all time. ... For other uses, see Striptease (disambiguation). ... An 1837 political cartoon about unemployment in the United States. ... Clinical depression (also called major depressive disorder, or sometimes unipolar when compared with bipolar disorder) is a state of intense sadness, melancholia or despair that has advanced to the point of being disruptive to an individuals social functioning and/or activities of daily living. ... Suicide (from Latin sui caedere, to kill oneself) is the willful act of killing oneself. ...


The Full Monty is set in Sheffield, England, and stars Robert Carlyle, Mark Addy, William Snape, Steve Huison, Tom Wilkinson, Paul Barber, and Hugo Speer. The screenplay by Simon Beaufoy was adapted from an original story by co-producer Paul Bucknor. The film was directed by Peter Cattaneo. For other uses, see Sheffield (disambiguation). ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: God Save the King/Queen Capital London (de facto) Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2006 est. ... Robert Carlyle, OBE (born April 14, 1961) is a Scottish movie actor. ... Mark Addy (born January 14, 1964 in York, England) is a British actor. ... William Snape is an actor, perhaps most notable for playing Gazs son Nathan in the British comedy The Full Monty. ... Tom Wilkinson Tom Wilkinson, OBE, born December 12, 1948, is an Oscar nominated English actor. ... Paul Barber (born 1952) is a black British actor, best known for playing Denzil in Only Fools and Horses and Horse in The Full Monty. ... Hugo Speer (b. ... Simon Beaufoy (born 1967 in England) is a screenwriter. ... Peter Cattaneo (born 1964) is the Oscar-nominated director of the popular British comedy film The Full Monty. ...

Contents

Plot

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Gary "Gaz" Schofield (Robert Carlyle) and Dave (Mark Addy) are desperate to make some money, going so far as to try stealing steel beams from the abandoned factory they used to work at. When Gaz finds out that his ex-wife wants full custody of his young son, Nathan, because he's 700 quid in arrears, Gaz has the idea of stripping to make money. He originally gets the idea from seeing Dave's wife Jean with some friends at a male strip-club, reasoning that if the Chippendales dancers can do it, so can he. Slowly, he assembles a group of similarly desperate men, including his former foreman, Gerald Arthur Cooper (Tom Wilkinson), at the factory he used to work at. Robert Carlyle, OBE (born April 14, 1961) is a Scottish movie actor. ... Mark Addy (born January 14, 1964 in York, England) is a British actor. ... ISO 4217 Code GBP User(s) United Kingdom Inflation 2. ... Chippendale is a suburb of Sydney, south-southwest of the city centre, and near the University of Sydney. ... Tom Wilkinson Tom Wilkinson, OBE, born December 12, 1948, is an Oscar nominated English actor. ...


In a sequence of darkly comic scenes, various former co-workers of Gaz and Dave are made to perform a strip-tease for them as their audition. One of the auditioners is invited to stay after he flunks; he says that he still has his children in the car, and "this is no place for kids". The auditioner then glances over at Nathan, who was recruited by his father to work their stereo, before leaving. Other auditioners are hired for their penis size (both mythical, in the case of 'Horse', and real, in the case of Guy). This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


As the men try practicing, doubts continue to creep in about whether this is the best way to make some money, due to their individual insecurities over their appearances (Dave is overweight, for example). When the men are approached on the street by women who have heard of their show, Gaz declares that their show will be better than the Chippendales dancers because they'll go "the Full Monty" - strip all the way - hence the film's title. Dave quits less than a week before the show, deprecating himself as a "fat bastard" whom no one would want to see in the nude.

While practising, the rest of the men get literally caught with their pants down in the abandoned factory they use for their practice, causing one of the more unconventional chase scenes in modern film, involving most of the main characters running from their pursuers wearing orange leather thongs. Two of the strippers, Guy and Lomper successfully escape, and fall into a homoerotic embrace. The police show the men the surveillance tapes from the factory and soon the secret is out. All seems lost, with the entire city of Sheffield knowing who the members of Hot Metal are and the cast ready to quit, until the owner of the pub the men want to perform in informs Gaz that he already sold 200 tickets for their show. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (852x480, 45 KB) Summary Screenshot from the film The Full Monty I am 18 I am Colld Joe sahp Licensing This image is a screenshot from a copyrighted film, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by the studio... Homosexuality is a sexual orientation characterized by esthetic attraction, romantic love, or sexual desire exclusively for another of the same sex. ...


With not much left to lose, and a sold-out show, the men decide to go for it for one night. Dave finds his confidence and joins the rest of the group, stripping to Tom Jones' version of You Can Leave Your Hat On (their hats being the final item removed). Sir Tom Jones OBE (born Thomas Jones Woodward, June 7, 1940), is a Welsh singer particularly noted for his powerful voice. ...

Spoilers end here.

Production

The famous "Hot Stuff" scene, in which the characters dance in the queue at the job centre, was originally going to be cut from the final production as it was "too unrealistic".[citation needed] Hot Stuff is a hit single released by American disco singer Donna Summer in 1979 from her Bad Girls album through Casablanca Records. ...


The cast allegedly agreed that all six of them would really do the "fully monty" strip at the end in front of 400 extras, provided they only had to do one take. Therefore, the choreographer was hiding in front of the stage, just beyond the camera view, screaming directions at the cast during the closing scene.[citation needed]


Language

The film features frequent used of British slang, and in particular the slang of Sheffield. The Full Monty is a British slang phrase of uncertain origin. ... Slang is the use of highly informal words and expressions that are not considered standard in the speakers dialect or language. ...


The film's title is a phrase generally used in the UK to mean 'the whole lot', or 'the whole hog'; in the film, the characters use it to refer to full nudity - as Horse says, "No-one said anything to me about the full monty!". In the United States, the phrase was unknown prior to the film, and consequently most Americans now take the phrase to refer to being in the nude.


Other slang terms are used in the film. Some such as nesh (meaning a person unusually susceptible to cold) are used in Northern England as a whole, while words such as jennel (an alley) are local to Sheffield.[1] Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Northern England, The North or North of England is a rather ill-defined term, with no universally accepted definition. ... An Alley in Melbourne A gate to an alley in Annapolis, Maryland An alley or alleyway is a narrow, pedestrian lane found in urban areas which usually run between or behind buildings. ...


Awards and recognition

The Full Monty won the Academy Award for Original Music Score for Anne Dudley, and was nominated for Best Director, Best Picture, and Best Original Screenplay. It also won the BAFTA Award for Best Film. From Rule Sixteen of the Special Rules for The Music Awards Original Score: An original score is a substantial body of music in the form of dramatic underscoring written specifically for the film by the submitting composer. ... Anne Dudley (born 7-May-1956) is an orchestral composer and pop musician and was the BBC Concert Orchestras Composer in Association between January 2002 and January 2005. ... The Academy Award for Directing is an accolade given to the person that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences feels was best director of the past year. ... // The Academy Award for Best Motion Picture is one of the Academy Awards, awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which are voted on by others within the industry. ... The Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay is the Academy Award for the best script not based upon previously published material. ... This page lists the winners of the BAFTA Award for Best Film for each year, along with the nominees. ...


In 2000, readers of Total Film magazine voted The Full Monty the 49th greatest comedy film of all time. This article is about the year 2000. ... Total Film, published by Future Publishing, is the United Kingdoms second best-selling film magazine, after the longer-established Empire from Emap. ...


Popular culture references

An episode of The Drew Carey Show titled "The Dog and Pony Show" featured Drew and the gang imitating The Full Monty by performing a strip tease to replace Mrs. Louder's purebred show dog Lucky, who was neutered after Drew, Lewis, and Oswald found him in Drew's house, mistook him for a stray, and took him to the vet to have his fur clipped and be neutered. The Drew Carey Show was a popular American sitcom starring Drew Carey, set in Cleveland, Ohio. ... Neutering, from the Latin neÅ­ter (of neither type), is the removal of an animals reproductive organ, either all of it or a considerably large part of it. ...


Stage adaptation

The film inspired a 2000 Broadway musical of the same name; the characters and setting were Americanized. The Full Monty is a musical with a book by Terrence McNally and score by David Yazbek. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... Broadway theatre[1] is often considered the highest professional form of theatre in the United States. ... The Fantasticks was the longest-running musical in history. ...


External links

The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is an online database of information about motion pictures, actors, movie stars, TV shows, TV stars, production crew personnel, movie pictures, cast, crew as well as video games. ... Internet Broadway Database The Internet Broadway Database (IBDb) is an online database of Broadway theatre productions and their personnel. ... The American Theatre Wing (ATF) is a New York City-based organization dedicated to supporting excellence and education in theatre, according to its mission statement. ...

References

  1. ^ :'Putting SY on the wordmap', BBC, 22 August 2005
Preceded by
The English Patient
BAFTA Award for Best Film
1998
Succeeded by
Shakespeare in Love

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The Company Theatre | Stage Shows (518 words)
Based on the 1997 Oscar-nominated film, The Full Monty is the heartfelt story of six unemployed steelworkers who go to great lengths to get themselves and each other out of trouble.
The Full Monty, with its score of jazzy upbeat numbers and moving ballads was nominated for 10 Tony Awards.
Critics hailed it as “full of brilliance,” “witty,” “funny,” and “exhilarating” -- “A one-of-a-kind Broadway musical!”
World Wide Words: The Full Monty (0 words)
One suggestion put forward in a newspaper article is that it was invented in the early eighties by Ben Elton, an alternative comedian, possibly after the model of the whole shebang, which has long been known in Britain, though it originated in the US.
Monte is certainly long-attested in both of these senses, but there’s no firm evidence that the full monty has been derived from it, or when it first appeared, or how it got from America or the antipodes into British usage.
Field Marshal Montgomery, General Montgomery as he was during the Second World War, certainly had the nickname Monty (there was a film, you may recall, with the title I Was Monty’s Double, about a man who impersonated him).
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