The Full Monty. Image shows from L to R: Nathan (William Snape), Dave (Mark Addy), Gaz (Robert Carlyle), Lomper (Steve Huison), Gerald (Tom Wilkinson).

The Full Monty

1997 British comedy film about unemployment. Stars Robert Carlyle, Tom Wilkinson, Mark Addy, Lesley Sharp, Emily Woof and others.

The Full Monty. Image shows from L to R: Gerald (Tom Wilkinson), Nathan (William Snape), Gaz (Robert Carlyle), Lomper (Steve Huison), Guy (Hugo Speer), Horse (Paul Barber), Dave (Mark Addy).

The Full Monty

Unemployed friends Gaz and Dave decide to start their own Chippendales-style show to make some quick cash

Robert Carlyle, Tom Wilkinson, Mark Addy, Lesley Sharp, Emily Woof, Steve Huison, Paul Barber, Hugo Speer and others
Simon Beaufoy
Peter Cattaneo
Uberto Pasolini, Polly Leys and Paul Bucknor

Unemployed and with no jobs going, former Sheffield steelworkers and best friends Gaz and Dave are at their wits' end. Bored and penniless, their days at the Job Centre are more taken up arguing with former boss Gerald than attending one of the scant interviews on offer.

The catalyst for change comes when Gaz discovers that his ex-wife Mandy is seeking sole custody of their son Nathan after his failure to keep up child maintenance payments. In need of just £700 to meet his arrears, inspiration comes from discovering a long queue of women to get into a special female-only night at a local working mens' club where a troupe of male strippers are performing.

There could be a couple of thousand women packed into the room on that one night alone. At £10 a ticket that's big money, fast. With Dave's wife also in attendance and the boys' emasculation complete, their decision is soon made. Roping in the suicidal security guard from their now silent former factory, and Gerald, whose ballroom dance classes they hope will prove profitable toward their own choreography, auditions for the rest of the gang get under way.

Finding two further willing participants is only the start of their problems however. Mandy's becoming ever more vindictive with Gaz, Gerald's struggling to ward off repossession; and Dave's confidence is severely waning. A policeman interrupting a dress rehearsal is the last thing they need - but may yet bring some much-needed publicity...

Production Details

The year's most revealing comedy.
UK certificate
91 minutes
Release date
Friday 29th August 1997

Fox Searchlight

Production company
Laugh track

Broadcast details

Last repeat
Wednesday 16th June 2021 at 11:00pm on C5

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