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Sunday, 22 April, 2001, 12:40 GMT 13:40 UK
Full Monty tops online poll
The Full Monty
The Full Monty, a tale of triumph over adversity
The Full Monty - the film about unemployed Yorkshire steel men who turn to stripping to make a living - has been voted the favourite English movie of all time.

It came out top of a poll of 5,000 readers of the film website Empire Online which was held to mark St George's day - 23 April.

The strippers beat the classic car-heist movie The Italian Job and Guy Ritchie's Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels to the title.

The Italian Job
Minis are the car to have in The Italian Job
Click here to see the list of top English movies in full.

"Given that The Full Monty is a real triumph over adversity tale - it's the perfect movie to represent the English on St George's Day," said Empire Online editor Catherine Hanly.

Set in the Yorkshire steel town of Sheffield, The Full Monty starred Scottish actor Robert Carlyle as Gaz - an out-of-work divorcee who dreams up the idea of stripping in a bid to pay his child support payments and regain access to his young son.

Gaz trains up the team to the sounds of Donna Summer, Hot Chocolate, Gary Glitter, Sister Sledge and Tom Jones.

Vinnie Jones
Vinnie Jones starred in Guy Ritchie's debut
The Full Monty was the highest grossing film ever to have been made in Britain, and scooped Oscar nominations and Bafta awards.

Two Michael Caine films made the Empire Online list.

In second place was The Italian Job and in seventh his 1971 story, Get Carter, about a gangster's search for revenge.

The Italian Job is a classic, verging on the cult, movie which captured the sprit of 60s London.

Third-placed Guy Ritchie's debut Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels starring Vinnie Jones, is widely said to have honoured the spirit of The Italian Job.

Paul McGann and Richard E Grant
Withnail and I: Resting actors in the countryside
Other classics on the list include the cult comedy Withnail and I, the 1949 thriller The Third Man, written by Graham Greene and directed by Carol Reed and Alec Guinness vehicle The Ladykillers.

Four Weddings and a Funeral only came in at number six, something that surprised the poll's organisers as it is the third highest grossing British movie of all time.

"It obviously doesn't impress our readers all that much," said Catherine Hanly.

1: The Full Monty - 30% of vote

2: The Italian Job - 23%

3: Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels - 22%

4: Withnail and I - 8%

5: The Third Man - 6%

6: Four Weddings and a Funeral - 5%

7: Get Carter - 5%

8: The Ladykillers - 3%

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