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Unemployment in Sheffield has an unusual effect on six men, who are in various stages of depression and/or confusion about their lives. They had all worked at the steel mill, now shut down. A visiting troupe of male strippers, which attracts hundreds of women all paying £10, prompts Gaz (Carlyle) to suggest to his friends-in-woe that they could themselves clean up with a strip show of their own - unlikely bodies notwithstanding. Gaz has a special need to find £700 to catch up on his maintenance payments so he can see his 13 year old son. Gerald (Wilkinson), once their foreman and the old geezer of the group, takes on the role of strip coach. Reluctantly, they flubber towards the night, almost abandoning the gig until they learn that 200 tickets had been sold. With a mix of determination and desperation, they head for the hall, where they feel bound to go the full monty.

Review by Louise Keller:
This exploration of the human spirit takes a group of unlikely candidates on a journey of self-discovery through difficult times. Canvassing their insecurities (emotional and physical), the experiences of the characters make The Full Monty a bittersweet film - moving, sad and funny, as it takes a good sharp look at the male culture left behind by closure of the Sheffield steelworks, which cut men out of their comfortable role of breadwinner. The fact that the cast was selected for its physical appearance as well as considerable acting talents, adds greatly to the ambience of the film, as thin, fat, long and older together make up a melting pot of potential insecurities and hang ups.

Robert Carlyle is eminently watchable, and brings his own style of magic to Gaz, the part-time father fighting for survival and the acceptance of his son. While not traditionally handsome, Carlyle has a screen presence and a certain enigmatic charisma. The entire cast is strong with a poignant performance from Mark Addy as Dave, the overweight, impotent security guard, who goes to desperate measures to curb his insecurities.

The unusual solution offered to the unemployment problem, requires considerable courage and clearly shows how the spirit can soar when given a spark of encouragement or hope. With an infectious music score featuring some lively tunes, The Full Monty starts slowly, fully establishing characters and environment before blossoming into the realms of dare, when it spreads its wings into full flight for what is to come and the Tom Jones rendition of 'You can leave your hat on'.

The two-disc Special Edition DVD offers two audio commentaries, deleted scenes and various featurettes canvassing the development, production and success of the film.

Published March 22, 2006

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CAST: Robert Carlyle, Tom Wilkinson, Mark Addy, Lesley Sharp, Emily Woof, Steve Huison, Paul Barber, Hugo Speer, Deirdre Costello, Bruce Jones, William Snape

DIRECTOR: Peter Cattaneo

SCRIPT: Simon Beaufoy

RUNNING TIME: 92 minutes

PRESENTATION: Disc 1 - 16x9 Disc 2 - Various

SPECIAL FEATURES: DISC 1 - SPECIAL FEATURES[BREAK]Audio Commentary by Director Peter Cattaneo and Actor[BREAK]Mark Addy ; Audio Commentary by Producer Uberto Pasolini; Ten Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Peter[BREAK]Cattaneo and Mark Addy ; The Cast ; Original Publicity Campaign ;The Music Machine ;[BREAK][BREAK]DISC 2 - SPECIAL FEATURES[BREAK]Development ; Production ; Featurette - The Success and Its Aftermath ; Featurette - A Bigger Picture

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

DVD RELEASE: February 8, 2006

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