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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.

"No wonder this was a hit in cinemas - and it will be again on DVD, where the intimacy of the experience adds a new slant to the enjoyment. It's engaging and real in a way big budget studio films usually aren't. And on DVD it's a pleasure to re-experience the sense of human drama that is coupled with the journey of the men who, driven by desperation, turn to desperate measures as a way of moving on in their lives.

The lead up to the last scene makes the film: we meet the contenders and their neuroses, we discover their plight (in this case unemployment in Sheffield and its socio-economic-cum-emotional aftermath) and we barrack for them because doing a strip for a crowd of women - unaccustomed as they are - means they will have overcome at least some of their problems. For an evening, at any rate.

The technical aspects are excellent, though there is slim pickings in the extras department - except for a plethora of languages for subtitles."
Andrew L. Urban


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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

RUNNING TIME: 88 minutes

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Fox Home Entertainment

DVD RELEASE: June 7, 2000

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