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The Full Monty


Synopsis

Six unemployed steel workers form a male striptease act. The women cheer them on to go for "the full monty".

Awards

Warsaw International Film Festival 1997 Audience Award
Torino International Festival of Young Cinema 1997 Cipputi Award
San Sebastián International Film Festival 1997 OCIC Award
European Film Awards 1997 Audience Award Best Film
European Film Awards 1997 European Film Award for Best Film
Edinburgh International Film Festival 1997 Audience Award
Dinard British Film Festival 1997 Audience Award
Dinard British Film Festival 1997 Golden Hitchcock
British Comedy Awards 1997 British Comedy Award
Screen Actors Guild Awards 1998 Best Actor award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast
Sant Jordi Awards 1998 Best Foreign Actor (Robert Carlyle)
Robert Festival 1998 Best Foreign Film
PGA Awards 1998 Nova Award for Most Promising Producer in Theatrical Motion Pictures
MTV Movie Awards 1998 MTV Movie Award for Best New Filmmaker (Peter Cattaneo)
London Critics Circle Film Awards 1998 ALFS Award for British Actor of the Year (Robert Carlyle)
London Critics Circle Film Awards 1998 ALFS Award for British Film of the Year
London Critics Circle Film Awards 1998 ALFS Award for British Newcomer of the Year (Peter Cattaneo)
London Critics Circle Film Awards 1998 ALFS Award for British Producer of the Year (Uberto Pasolini)
London Critics Circle Film Awards 1998 ALFS Award for British Screenwriter of the Year (Simon Beaufoy)
Goya Awards 1998 Best European Film (UK)
German Film Awards 1998 Best Foreign Film
Evening Standard British Film Awards 1998 Best Actor (Robert Carlyle)
Empire Awards 1998 Best British Film
David di Donatello Awards 1998 Best Foreign Film
Butaca Awards 1998 Best Art House Film
Brit Awards 1998 Best Soundtrack
Bodil Awards 1998 Best Non-American Film
BAFTA Awards 1998 Audience Award
BAFTA Awards 1998 Best Film
BAFTA Awards 1998 Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role (Robert Carlyle)
BAFTA Awards 1998 Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Tom Wilkinson)
American Choreography Awards 1998 Outstanding Achievement in Feature Film
Academy Awards 1998 Best Music, Original Musical or Comedy Score

Starring

Robert Carlyle    Mark Addy    Tom Wilkinson
William Snape    Steve Huison    Paul Barber    Hugo Speer

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What the critics say



The cast is strong, but Carlyle, memorable as the explosive psycho in "Trainspotting," provides the film's central spark. A spindly scamp with a roguish good heart, his Gaz reminds us that it's a lot harder to bare your soul than it is it bare your privates. Access Atlanta

The ubiquitous and tremendously talented Robert Carlyle plays Gaz, one of these lost men. The Australian

Robert Carlyle plays Gaz with the right mix of pathos and energy. The actor continues to impress with his range, adding this film to an impressive resume that includes Ken Loach's Riff-Raff, Michael Winterbottom's Go Now, and the aforementioned Trainspotting. James Berardinelli

This comedy stars Robert Carlyle [my favourite actor] and other cast members who have just as much of that kinky humour that sets the film. Julie-Anne

Gaz (magnetic Robert Carlyle, of Trainspotting fame) and five impoverished pals believe they can hit pay dirt in one evening of work by one-upping those internationally famous gyrating hunks in g-strings. Remington Dahl

The keystone of The Full Monty is Carlyle, despite all indications that this is an ensemble picture. Central to the film, there is the feeling that without Gaz's presence the entire story would drift apart. Fortunately Carlyle injects both pathos and determination (when his back is against the wall) into the role. Damian Cannon

The ensemble cast in The Full Monty is invariably solid, with the standout performance coming from chameleonic Mr. Carlyle, who in a role completely different from his most famous turn as the temperamental Begbie in Danny Boyle's Trainspotting, shows great expressivenesss and demonstrates the ability to be irrepressibly brash and unrestrainedly free-spirited while remaining empathetic. He makes a fine central character in The Full Monty, and shows promise as an unconventional, down-to-earth leading man. Carleton/p

Carlyle's work here is a stark contrast to his character in Trainspotting, implying real acting skill and flexibility on-screen. Choo Eng Aun

Robert Carlyle might seem like a strange choice to play Gaz, if you remember him only from Trainspotting, but one of his first roles was in Ken Loach's Riff-Raff, which took place mostly on a construction site where the itinerant workers lived off the land. He has a daring here, as if he's walking on a wire and won't fall if he doesn't look down. He doesn't know himself if his plan has been inspired by courage, or bravado. Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Robert Carlyle, who was sensational as the scary psycho Begbie in Trainspotting, executes an impressive about-face to portray the amiable Gaz, an unemployed bloke in a blue-collar English town who decides to earn some cash by putting together a group of a male strippers. Matt Brunson

Robert Carlyle, of Begbie fame in the movie Trainspotting, gives an outstanding performance as the ring leader to the motley crew. Mark Taylor, The Daily Beacon

In The Full Monty, the ubiquitous Robert Carlyle displays his chameleon way with accents, sporting a Yorkshire brogue in the guise of an unemployed Sheffield steelworker whose get-solvent-schemes have failed miserably to cover his alimony payments.. Sheila Johnston, Daily Telegraph

Robert Carlyle has now emerged as a fully-fledged British film star. David Gritten, Daily Telegraph

The men's leader, Gaz, is played by the shaggy-haired, rail-thin and exciting Carlyle in a star turn. He was the explosively psychopathic Begbie in Trainspotting, and you keep waiting for him to turn wildly violent here, especially when arguing with the older Gerald. Steven Rosen, The Denver Post

You may remember Carlyle from his vivid role as the quick-tempered Begbie in Trainspotting. This turn is a full 180 from that violent freakazoid. His humor comes from the point of tears rather than his knuckles. Dr. Daniels

Robert Carlyle has proven a multifaceted actor, and in this comedy of sexual politics we see him in another new light, literally baring all for director Cattaneo's first feature. Empire Magazine

Robert Carlyle, known mainly as the psychopath Begbie in Trainspotting, instills the character of Gaz with a genuine sensitivity and caring that comes through in the strained, but loving, relationship with his son. Carlyle also shows he has natural comic timing as well as a bright future as an actor. Driftwood

The best parts of the package are the strong performances by Robert Carlyle (the menacing psychopath in Trainspotting) as the strippers ringleader and the versatile character actor Tom Wilkinson. Entertainment Weekly

Carlyle is superb, producing yet another good-bloke-with-depth, working especially well with screen son Nathan (William Snape).FilmWeb Reviews

Carlyle--who in Trainspotting was hypnotically evil--is especially fine as the good-hearted Gaz. Find a Video

All the performances are winning, but Carlyle (Trainspotting, Priest) and Wilkinson are the irresistible anchors in this very engaging Trees Lounge meets Flashdance meets Brassed Off farce. Film Philes.

Robert Carlyle does an excellent job of portraying a man with both sensitivity and spirit. Kristine Gordon

Gaz, played by the impressive Carlyle and his friend Dave (Mark Addy) are ex-steelworkers who have been made redundant. The International Workers Bulletin

The acting is excellent. It is as though the private Robert Carlyle's strong, leftist political convictions (he used to be a labor organizer) not only underlie his performance but influence the acting of his colleagues as well as the overall mood of the film. Edwin Jahiel

Carlyle is beguiling as the scrawny Gaz, an energetic soul desperate to catch up on his support payments so he can continue spending time with his son. Edward Johnson-ott

Robert Carlyle, the scrawny Scottish actor who played the psychopathic Begbie in Trainspotting, stars as Gaz, an unemployed steelworker who is on the losing end of a child-custody fight. McLean's

When I saw Trainspotting last year, I thought surely, only Ewan McGregor, would wind up being its only survivor. I was really wrong, for emerging equally as a huge star is Robert Carlyle (he played Begbie the wild weirdie in Trainspotting). In The Full Monty, he really comes to full blossom as the divorced man, out of work and a teenager to support, who in turn, turns out to be more supportive of his father. Michael Maynez.

Enter our hero Gaz (Robert Carlyle whose Begbie was everyone's favorite psychopath from Trainspotting)--a likable fellow who doesn't do much with himself. Whether the boys go through with their venture is not the entire goal of The Full Monty's plot, though--it's what they do along the way and how it affects them. And in the hands of the talented cast, it's a pleasure to watch. Carlyle's 180 degree turn from his infamous Begbie is surprising--as Gaz, he's funny, charming, and downright endearing, a loser you can't help but root for. Metro Pulse

Having a terrific cast doesn't hurt either--the lead performances are uniformly superb. Carlyle, in particular, sparkles as Gaz, he and the young Snape, who has no previous acting experience, elevate their father-son relationship far above the level of the script. Mr. Showbiz Movie Guide

This movie and its stars, led admirably by Robert Carlyle, will charm the pants off you. MovieThing

It helps that the actors--led by Carlyle, who has the young Cagney's brazen energy and roguish charm--are such a scroungy band of underdogs. Nashville Scene

Carlyle, infectiously cocky and full of satiric zingers as Gaz, almost gets cold feet at the end. National Catholic Reporter

But above all it's Robert Carlyle, irresponsible father, irrepressible stripper, who propels the movie. He and young William Snape work beautifully together in a father-son friendship in which each takes care of the other according to need without a shred of sentimentality. Nebbadoon, Inc.

Robert Carlyle, wonderfully different from his threatening Begbie character in Trainspotting, hatches the plot only after we've seen both comic and touching illustrations of the depths of anguish in the lives of each of his pals. Newcity Chicago

Robert Carlyle, memorable as the wiry psycho in Trainspotting, proves his range in Peter Cattaneo's new comedy. New York CitySearch

Robert Carlyle (who made such a strong impression as a psychotic junkie in Trainspotting) is funny, edgy and painfully vulnerable as a divorced father and out-of-work steelworker who's desperately eager to retain the respect of his precocious 9-year-old (the splendidly spunky William Snape). New York Post

As played by Robert Carlyle, the scrappy actor who nearly stole Trainspotting as Begbie, the ringleader named Gaz hatches a crazy plot while remaining a pragmatist....Gaz [is] played with stellar presence and acerbic charm by Carlyle... Janet Maslin, New York Times

This is one of those British comedies that have it all--a great cast (including Robert CarlyleTrainspotting's madman, Begbie, who is almost unrecognizably sweet and parental here), impeccable taste, and a nicely imprudent premise. Newyork Sidewalk

As good as Addy and Wilkinson are, though, the movie's best performance comes courtesy of Carlyle. After featured performances in Riff-Raff and Priest, Carlyle scored popularly as the maniacal Begbie in Trainspotting. Here he's as likeably ne'er-do-well as he was frighteningly violent in the earlier outing and provides a firm anchor for the somewhat freewheeling narrative. News & Features

Carlyle is terrific as Gaz, a fun-loving, trouble-prone, out-of-work working stiff who loves his son and misses his wife (now remarried and living in suburban luxury). If you saw him inTrainspotting (in which he played the frighteningly violent Francis Begbie) you'll barely recognize him here. His range as an actor is impressive. Peak Movie Reviews

Robert Carlyle, whose turn as Trainspotting's violent psychopath Begbie earned him rave reviews last summer, has the lead role of Gaz...The actors are uniformly good, and thankfully so. If the performances weren't as game or farcical, the movie could have easily sunk. Carlyle, in particular, carries Gaz to memorable lengths. In one early scene, he does an impromptu strip to "You Sexy Thing" to demonstrate to his cohorts how easy it all is. Haplessly swinging his jacket around his head and unintentionally pelting the chortling onlookers with pocket change, he creates a character that is both self-effacing and reckless. Jamie Peck

Cattaneo pumps up the film's comic muscle by flexing the versatile talents of Scottish actor Robert Carlyle (the riveting psychotic Begbie in Trainspotting). Here Carlyle infuses his coiled charisma into Gaz, a laid-off steelworker with a head for dodgy schemes. The Phoenix (Boston)

Then one cloudy day, wild card Gaz (wittily played by Robert Carlyle, the psychopath Begbie from Trainspotting) unveils a frenzied plan. Paul Mougey

Robert Carlyle proves how easily he can assume any role and give it depth. As the group's ringleader, he comes across as shiftless and as a gentle and devoted father eager to spend time with his son. Portland, Citysearch

But the film is stolen by Robert Carlyle, who had the lead and does it so well. He is a bit immature, but has a kid who is more of a buddy to him than a son, and who he kind of looks at as a peer (at one point when his son is kind of ashamed of him, he comes across not only as being hurt since's the kid's father, but also as a friend). Carlyle, you might remember, who was brilliant in last year's Trainspotting, a role exactly 180 degrees away from this one. To play a drunken a**hole then turn around to play a somewhat immature divorced father/stripper just shows that Carlyle is a great actor. Ted Prigge

Gaz is played with resoluteness by Robert Carlyle from Priest and Trainspotting. Although it is an ensemble cast, Carlyle's role is so central that without his strong but vulnerable portrayal, the picture could easily have sunk. Steve Rhodes

Carlyle, spinning 180 degrees from his turn as the psychotic Begbie in last year's Trainspotting, is a solid anchor as the divorced daddy who hatches the plan and nearly backs out of his Monty commitment as the curtain rises. Rough Cut

Carlyle, who played the violence-prone head buster in Trainspotting, heads the list--his Gaz seems perpetually wounded, even when he smiles, and his effort to win the love of his son Nathan (William Snape), whom he is losing in a custody battle, is touching. San Francisco Examiner

The acting performances, like the movie, are quite good with Carlyle and Wilkinson standing out in their roles. Screen It!

You can't fault the actors here. They try their best in both halves of the film. Robert Carlyle (in a 180 degree turn from his role as Begbie in last year's Trainspotting) shines in particular in the film's central role. Schreck

Think Robert Carlyle, the omni-present face of any British storyline set north of the Thames, thanks to Trainspotting, Hamish Macbeth and, to a lesser extent, Go Now. Sure, Carlyle is about as likeable a bloke as ever hit the big screen, but naked? The Sunday Age

The Full Monty features a terrific cast, headed by Trainspotting's Robert Carlyle in a distinctly different role. Sundance Film Festival 1997

Robert Carlyle, star of The Full Monty, is one of the screen's most energetic chain-smokers. He doesn't smoulder like Bogart. Instead, he goes through a volatile routine of fumbling for the packet, lighting up, hungrily inhaling and angrily exhaling--keying entire scenes to his cigarette fixation. In a sense, it's all wasted energy, for a Carlyle performance needs no props. With his angular, rubbery features, his wiry body and indelible Scottish accent, he's one of the most expressive talents around, and The Full Monty, already a hit in Britain and the US, is a Carlyle high point.

Carlyle's Gaz is a particularly vibrant creation--a boy-man whose young son wishes he'd act more like a normal dad instead of a borderline delinquent. And Carlyle's nervy histrionics are nicely offset by Addy, who gives a masterly display of seemingly effortless acting. Sydney Morning Herald-Daily News

All the performers deliver solid turns, with Carlyle's energetic Gaz an especially irresistible lead, followed by Wilkinson's 50-something ex-boss Gerald. The Syracuse New Times

Robert Carlyle brings a lot of earnestness to his role, and the scenes involving Gary and Nathan have a tangible sense of genuine affection. Brian Takeshita


Quotes


It's played for real. All the best comedy I feel is played like that. It's the reality of the situation which is funnier than playing for intentional laughs. Robert Carlyle



Q: In your megahit The Full Monty, were you really naked shooting the final strip scene? A: (Laughing) Yes. I was naked, and it was terrifying. I didn't have on that little sock thingy that most men use in nude scenes. I felt so exposed. Robert Carlyle.



Q: The relationship with your screen son, Nathan (Wm. Snape) is excellent. Was it difficult? A: He's tremendous, one of the best characters I've ever worked with. I took him into the actor's caravan,



I think with Bobby you have a sense of solidarity, a sense of injustice, a sense of where you belong, where you're coming from, how you see the world, what side you are on. Ken Loach, Director,



By rights, Robert Carlyle should be an obnoxious, demanding, and self-centered little individual.



Who? Robert Carlyle
What? The actor whose portrayal of Trainspotting psycho Begbie proved that William Wallace wasn't the last Scottish hard man.

This really is a special film. It's not every day we get a film that's so thoughtful, so funny and so realistic all at once. N. Atcheson

What I thought interesting was the idea of gender politics. Suddenly these guys were forced to look at themselves they way they had always looked at women. Robert Carlyle.

and we're sitting there smoking and swearing. At first it was difficult but I felt that was part of the film and the only way he was going to relax in the scenes was to get used to us as actors. Robert Carlyle.

The (strip) scene took 2.5 days to shoot, and the women were getting bored. Finally the camera went behind us and we did the whole scene. The women went wild. It was terrifying. Robert Carlyle.

But, despite the critical acclaim that's greeted each new performance, Carlyle is far from the precious self- satisfied actor you could almost forgive him for being.

When? This month, as the star of The Full Monty, the most revealing British comedy in many a moon.
Where? Wherever modern life poses a challenge to the male ego
Why? Because he's cool without trying.