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The Full Monty - Film Review

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by PerthKel (subscribe)
I'm a part time actor and part time writer living in Perth. I love being on stage. I love going out with friends, doesn't matter what we do
Published February 11th 2013
This classic movie was made in 1997 and starred Robert Carlyle (Gaz), Mark Addy (Dave), Steve Hulson (Lomper), Tom Wilkinson (Gerald), Hugo Speer (Guy) and Paul Barber (Horse) as six out of work steel workers looking for a break, and some money.

After a troop of male strippers (Chippendales) visit their town of Sheffield, Gaz comes up with the 'brilliant' idea of getting a group of guys together to do a strip show of their own to get some extra money. When Gaz finds out that he might loose joint custody of his son (William Snape), he is inspired even more to make this idea a financial success.


Eventually Gaz pushes his group of unlikely friends too far, especially when he suddenly announces that the group is going to go 'the full monty' to make sure they get the numbers and the money they are after. The guys, after much persuasion from Gaz, eventually come around to his way of thinking and they go to the very much packed venue to perform the striptease with the finale of 'the full monty'.

One of the most classic lines of the movie comes shortly before the finale when Dave's girlfriend Jean (Lesley Sharp) finds his g-string in their bedroom, and assumes that he is having an affair. Dave comes clean about the stripping and when Jean asks him why he never said anything, Dave responds with a slap to his belly and says "Who wants to see this dance?" to which Jean replies lovingly, "I do Dave. I do."

What appears to be a simple story of triumph over animosity is also a story of friendship and companionship. A positive look at the human spirit rising up and I believe that there is something for everyone within this movie. It is a fantastic feel good, must see movie for people of all ages, sizes and sexes.
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