In the decaying steel mill town of Sheffield in Northern England, friends Gaz and Dave, both now unemployed and on the dole after the closure of most of the town's steel mills, steal scrap metal from the closed mills to supplement their meager income, often with Gaz's twelve year old son, Nathan, on the days Gaz has custody. Still, Gaz is behind in child support payments to his ex-wife, Mandy. When Mandy threatens to sue for full custody in that Gaz can't support Nathan in any way, Gaz, seeing the long line up of women clamoring to get in to see a touring Chippendales styled dance troupe, thinks he can solve his financial and thus custody problems by forming his own male exotic dance troupe with some of his fellow un- or underemployed ex-mill workers. In addition to Dave, he has in mind middle-aged Gerald, their former foreman who has not told his spending-happy wife Linda that he has been unemployed for six months, and Lomper, a mild-mannered security guard who they just met in the ...Written by
As of January 2017, this is the 23rd most successful movie ever shown at the UK Box Office, taking in £52m. It is believed that its success came in the wake of the death of Princess Diana, and that UK cinema-goers were looking for light relief after such a tragic event. See more »
The club owner, Gerald, and Dave all mention the show being on Friday, but the Hot Metal posters they put up list the show being on Saturday, May 25. See more »
[after failing an audition]
I'm sorry. Sorry. I thought I'd give it a go. I got a bit desperate. You know how it is. I can't even take me kit off properly, can I?
You're all right, Reg. There's a cup of tea, if you like.
No, thanks. I've got the kids outside.
Well, bring 'em in.
Nah. This is no place for kids.
[Nathan perplexingly looks at him]
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The film shown behind the opening credits is "Sheffield...City on the move", made in 1971 for the Sheffield Publicity Department. See more »
There are two english versions of the film: one is the original UK version, the other is the US version which is partly redubbed to replace some british dialects and slang phrases. See more »
One thing I've always appreciated in British films is that the actors look like Real People. I don't mean unattractive, but just normal everyday looking, unlike Hollywood actors who are exceedingly pretty with perfect teeth and stylish clothes, and unlimited bank accounts, no matter what their occupation. In this film, a group of unemployed steelworkers decide to put on an amateur strip show to make ends meet. It is presented as a comedy, but it does have some very moving moments, as it shows the despair and desolation of unemployment. And it subtly displays the economic conditions of Thatcher's England, where entire industries were shut down, taking jobs and local economies along with them. As in other British films, the characters seem real, like people we would know if we lived in their town. I can picture having a pint down at the local pub with Gaz and Gerald more than, say, Tom Cruise.
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