This tale of male would-be strippers was a surprise box-office smash hit
This tale of male would-be strippers was a surprise box-office smash hit. It works really well as a feisty feelgood movie, but also has a grittier side with plenty of meaningful things to say about the effects of redundancy. Six desperate, out-of-work Sheffield men see male strippers coining in money and decide to do a show of their own in which they’ll go ‘the full monty’. Robert Carlyle is the ringleader, Mark Addy is a scene-stealer as his pal, Tom Wilkinson, adds some marvellously bittersweet depth to his role as Carlyle’s one-time foreman and Paul Barber, Hugo Speer and Steve Huison also make the most of the film’s cheery, cheeky and daring moments. It’s easy to see why this film became one of the most successful British movies in history – and it’s an inspired touch to start the film with a real documentary about the booming Sheffield of the early 1970s.