Original Release: August 29, 1997 (UK)
Directed by: Peter Cattaneo
Written by: Simon Beaufoy
Produced by: Uberto Pasolini
Running Time: 91 minutes
Box Office: $258 million (US)
After losing his job at a steel factory, Gaz (Robert Carlyle) learns that his wife wants to sue him for missed child support payments. Desperate for money, Gaz and his friend Dave (Mark Addy) decide to create their own male strip-tease act. The two friends recruit four more men, including their former foreman (Tom Wilkinson) and a security guard (Steve Huison). The group promises that their show will succeed because they are willing to go "the Full Monty": completely naked.
Mark Addy (Dave Horsefall), William Snape (Nathan Schofield), Steve Huison (Lomper), Tom Wilkinson (Gerald Arthur Cooper), Paul Barber (Barrington "Horse" Mitchell), Hugo Speer (Guy), Lesley Sharp (Jean Horsefall), Emily Woof (Mandy)
Filming Locations: (view all)
- Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, UK
- Robert Carlyle has said that filming was chaotic and that 20th Century Fox were so unhappy with the first cut that they considered scrapping its theatrical release and going straight to video. Carlyle has stated that it was the hard work of producer Uberto Pasolini and editor Nick Moore that rescued the film.
- Danny Boyle was offered the chance to direct the movie, but turned it down because he wasn't impressed with the story.
- The original cut of the film was too short, so three months after shooting ended, some more footage was shot, including the football/exercise montage. Robert Carlyle is not in that sequence; he was working on another project by then.
- The cast allegedly agreed that all six of them would really do the "full monty" strip at the end in front of 400 extras, provided they had to do only one take. Therefore, the choreographer, Suzanne Darley-Grand, was hiding in front of the stage, just beyond the camera view, screaming directions at the cast during the closing scene. Director Peter Cattaneo described it as "a one-take deal.
- The famous "Hot Stuff" scene, in which the characters dance in the queue at the job centre, was originally going to be cut from the final production as it was "too unrealistic".
- The title is a British slang phrase meaning "the whole thing." According to screenwriter Simon Beaufoy, US studio executives found it perplexing since nobody in the film is named Monty.
- The film holds the record for the highest-grossing UK film in history. It grossed a total of $256.9 million (£160.5 million).
Gary "Gaz" Schofield: I don't suppose you could lend us a jacket...
Dave: Oh, Gaz...
Gary "Gaz" Schofield: Oh, come on, Dave, it's not for me, it's a funeral.
Dave: What color?
Gary "Gaz" Schofield: Orange.
Gary "Gaz" Schofield: Black for fuck's sake!
Dave: Okay, go on, I'll meet you back doors.
Gary "Gaz" Schofield: Y' know Dave, it's a thought...
Gerald: Ha! I could just see Little and Large prancing around Sheffield with their widges hanging out. Now that would be worth 10 quid...
Gary "Gaz" Schofield: Don't be so bloody daft. We were just saying...
Gerald: Widges on parade! Bring your own microscope!
Dave: I know. You could stand in middle of road and have a mate run smack into you right fast.
Lomper: Haven't got any mates...
Gary "Gaz" Schofield: Listen to you, we just saved your fucking life so don't tell us we're not your mates, all right?
Gary "Gaz" Schofield: Yeah.
Lomper: Thanks. Thanks a lot.
Dave: Yeah, me and all, I'd run ya down as soon as look at ya.
Lomper: Oh aye? Cheers.
Dave: Drownin'. Now there's a way to go.
Lomper: I can't swim.
Gary "Gaz" Schofield: Well you don't have to fucking swim, you divvy, that's the whole point. God, you're not very keen are you?
Gary "Gaz" Schofield: On Sale for £4.99 and we're still a fuckin' fiver short!
Dave: Why me?
Gary "Gaz" Schofield: Because you've got an honest face, lad; I've got "serial killer" written on me forehead.
Gary "Gaz" Schofield: I've got a degree in ass wiggling, mate.
Gary "Gaz" Schofield: Bit of this, bit of that, bit of the other.
Gary "Gaz" Schofield: Nathan’s yours an’ he’s mine, an’ he’s fuck all to do with ‘im.
"I phoned my agent up, in the first week of filming The Full Monty, and said 'get me out of this...'"
- Robert Carlyle
Academy Awards as Best Music
BAFTA Award as Best Film
BAFTA Award as Best Performance By An Actor in a Leading Role - Robert Carlyle
BAFTA Award as Best Performance By An Actor in a Supporting Role - Tom Wilkinson
Screen Actors Guild Award as Outstanding Performance By a Cast
American Choreography Award as Outstanding Achievement in Feature Film
Bodil Award as Best Non-American Film
Brit Award as Best Soundtrack
British Comedy Award as Best Comedy Film
Butaca Award as Best Art House Film
David di Donatello Award as Best Foreign Film
Dinard British Film Festival as Audience Award
Edinburgh International Film Festival as Audience Award
Empire Award as Best British Film
European Film Award as Best Film
European Film Award as European Film of the Year
Evening Standard British Film Award as Best Film
Evening Standard British Film Award as Best Actor - Robert Carlyle
German Film Award as Best Foreign Film
Goya Award as Best European Film
London Critics Circle Film Award as British Film of the Year
London Critics Circle Film Award as British Actor of the Year - Robert Carlyle
London Critics Circle Film Award as British Newcomer of the Year - Peter Cattaneo
London Critics Circle Film Award as British Screenwriter of the Year
London Critics Circle Film Award as British Producer of the Year
MTV Movie + TV Award as Best New Filmmaker
National Board of Review Award as Top Ten Films
Online Film Critics Society Award as Top Ten Films of the Year
PGA Award as Most Promising Producer in Theatrical Motion Pictures
Robert Festival Award as Best Foreign Film
San Sebastián International Film Festival Award
Sant Jordi Award as Best Foreign Actor - Robert Carlyle
Torino International Festival of Young Cinema
Warsaw International Film Festival
Academy Award as Best Picture
Academy Award as Best Director
Academy Award as Best Writing
Golden Globes Award as Best Motion Picture
BAFTA Award as Best Screenplay
BAFTA Award as Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role - Mark Addy
BAFTA Award as Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role - Lesley Sharp
BAFTA Award as Best Editing
BAFTA Award as Best Sound
Australian Film Institute Award as Best Foreign Film
Awards Circuit Community Award as Best Foreign Language Film
Awards Circuit Community Award as Honorable Mention
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award as Best Picture
Chlotrudis Award as Best Movie
Chlotrudis Award as Best Supporting Actor - Mark Addy
César Award as Best Foreign Film
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award as Best Picture
Motion Picture Sound Editors Award as Best Sound Editing - Music
Motion Picture Sound Editors Award as Best Sound Editing - Foreign Feature
MTV Movie + TV Award as Best Dance Sequence
Online Film & Television Association Award as Best Breakthrough Performance - Mark Addy
Online Film & Television Association Award as Best Comedy/Musical Picture
Satellite Award as Best Classic DVD
Satellite Award as Best Motion Picture
Satellite Award as Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Robert Carlyle
Satellite Award as Best Actor in a supporting role in a Motion Picture - Mark Addy
Satellite Award as Best Original Screenplay
Writers Guild of America Award as Best Screenplay Written Directly For the Screen