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The Full Monty (Fox Searchlight, 1997)

The Full Monty is a British comedy-drama (dramedy) released in August 1997. Set in Sheffield, England, six unemployed men form a male striptease act (a British version of Chippendale dancers), in order to make enough money for Gaz (Robert Carlyle) to see his son Nathan (William Snape). The Full Monty also starred Mark Addy, Steve Huison, Tom Wilkinson, Paul Barber and Hugo Speer. The Full Monty refers to the fact that the men will completely take off all their clothes (unlike the Chippendales).

The Full Monty was a critical success and became an unexpected international success. Produced on a paltry $3.5 million, The Full Monty grossed a whopping $250 million! It was the highest grossing UK movie until that winter when the Titanic was released. The Full Monty won an Oscar for Best Original Music Score. Love for The Full Monty endures. In 2000, the film was adapted into a Broadway musical and in 2013, a stage play by the original screenwriter Simon Beaufoy, which nationally toured the UK.

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