The Full Monty remains a beloved cult classic 20 years on
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This summer marks twenty year since the release of The Full Monty, the story of six unemployed men from Sheffield who decide to form a male striptease act in order to turn their lives around. ‘I thought it was a load of f***ing pish when I first heard of it,’ admitted Robert Carlyle, who plays Gaz, the film’s lead. The distributers at Fox Searchlight thought the same, telling Carlyle and the producer, Umberto Pasolini, that it would not find an audience and would have to go straight to video. After a bit of persuasion, the distributers were convinced into changing their minds, and just as well. Upon its release, The Full Monty was nominated for several awards, and in the twenty years since it came out has taken more than 400 million at the box office, becoming a cult classic. Gaz, along with his ex-colleagues from Sheffield’s closed Millthrope Steelworks, not only feel depressed at their lack of work, but emasculated in front of their wives and girlfriends, who either no longer seem to love them in the same way or have left them altogether. Even Gaz’s son wants to have nothing to do with his disappointing father, until he stumbles upon a performance of the Chippendales dancers (women only) and decides to nick their act. Unlike those performers, however, his routine will go ‘the Full Monty’ and strip right down to the buff.
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