The Full Monty
I know I did this for a previous post, but I would have really wanted to see it in the theatres. But my problem would be that they would b handing out these stupid flyers translating the British slang used in the movie. If they did that, I'd give it right back to them and say "I don't need a brochure!" Or I could really mess with them and start talking with an accent like they do in the movie to mess with them, nah, I wouldn't, that'd be offensive and I'm not like that!! And plus, with all the British TV that me and my stepdad watch, after a while you begin to learn slowly but surely what most words in British slang means, they treat it like British slang is another language or something!!
Basically if you read my post on this movie, you already know what it's about. This movie deals with some very controversial topics other movies would not normally deal with, such as unemployment, fathers' rights, depression, impotence, homosexuality, working class culture, suicide. It's set in Sheffield, England
In the movie, this group of English steel mill workers are suddenly out of a job. Former steel mill workers Gary 'Gaz' Schofield (Robert Carlyle) and David Horsefall (Mark Addy) have resorted to stealing scrap metal to sell. But Gaz has his own problems, he is fighting his ex-wife for custody of their one son Nathan (William Snape).
One day, he sees a group of women lined up to see a Chippendale's striptease act and that gives him an idea: form a striptease act to raise money to help pay for his child support. The 1st one to join is Lomper (Steve Huison), a security guard at Harrison's, the steel mill where they worked. The next to join is Gerald Cooper (Tom Wilkinson), who was a former manager at the plant who has been hiding the fact he has been laid off from his wife. They hold an open audition to recruit more guys and settle on Horse (Paul Barber), an older yet nonetheless good dancer, and Guy (Hugo Speer) who can't dance but turns out to be very well endowed. As they practice on, thoughts about whether this is a good idea begin to creep in, due to the insecurities they have over their bodies. When they are out and about, they tell women that they will be better than the Chippendales, and that they'll go Full Monty, meaning all of their clothes will come off. But then at the last minute, Dave quits, saying no one would want to see a fat man in the nude, especially his wife Jean.
The rest of the group holds a dress rehearsal in front of some of Horse's family but are interrupted by police entering to arrest them for indecent exposure. Lomper and Guy manage to escape, stealing some clothes from a nearby yard and hide in Lomper's house where they share a kiss. The arrested men eventually are released when security footage shows them dancing. They take a further hit when Lomper's mom dies, Gerald's wife discovers he's been laid off, and Gaz's ex gets full custody after the arrest. With all the trouble, Gaz decides to call the whole thing off, but is informed by the club owner that he has already sold a huge amount of tickets and Gaz informs the others, but Dave still refuses.
With not much left to lose, they give their all and Dave joins them minutes before they go on stage, having regained confidence from his wife Jean. And Gaz's son Nathan, who secretly came, tells him that his ex came, putting him in a new light in her eyes. The movie ends with them stripping to Tom Jones' You Can Leave Your Hat On, which is the last thing they take off.
-The title comes from British slang meaning the whole thing. American producers found it confusing because no one in the movie was named Monty.
-The 6 lead actors in the movie did actually do a full frontal striptease in front of 400 extras
-The scene with Horse in the phone booth was shot 3 times: 1st with an old lady outside overhearing the conversation, the 2nd with a gang of girls out on a girls night out, and 3rd with no one listening
-Alot of the American theatres had special brochures being handed out to translate the British slang in the movies so that American audiences would understand.
-This was the first movie for actress Emily Woolf
-For the role of Gaz, Rik Mayall was considered
- Robert Carlyle as Gaz
- Mark Addy as Dave
- William Snape as Nathan
- Steve Huison as Lomper
- Tom Wilkinson as Gerald
- Paul Barber as Horse
- Hugo Speer as Guy
- Lesley Sharp as Jean
- Emily Woof as Mandy
- Deirdre Costello as Linda
- Paul Butterworth as Barry
- Dave Hill as Alan
- Bruce Jones as Reg
- Andrew Livingston as Terry
- Vinny Dhillon as Sharon