1997s The Full Monty told the tale of Sheffield steelworkers who had been
made redundant taking to male stripping to make ends meet. Now in 2022 we
have Three Day Millionaire a story about Grimsby fishermen ,who having been
made redundant ,come up with a plan to steal a wad of cash from their
ex-boss (Colm Meaney).
Director Jack Spring and his screenwriters have obviously watched a lot of
Guy Ritchie films as there’s more than a passing resemblance to the likes
of Snatch and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels as he uses his main
character, Curly Dean’s (James Burrows, Coronation Street) to narrate the
story complete with flashy graphics for us as he introduces us to Curly and
his pals Budgie (Sam Glen) Codge (Michael Kinsey) and Mr G (Jonas
Three Day Millionaire’s we are told are the Grimsby fisherman who after
getting paid go on a weekend bender where they spend all their wages as if
they were millionaires.
It’s on one of these weekend parties where Curly and his mates find out
that their boss (Meaney) has struck up a deal with the local council to
sell off the fishing fleet and the land the company owns.
Finding out that there’s hundreds of thousands of pounds in the company
safe the now unemployed fishermen hatch a poor man’s Ocean’s 11 type
plot to relieve the safe of its contents.
Three Day Millionaire concentrates more on its characters, who for the most
part are stereotypes of people you’ve seen in various films with English
wide boys in them. The actual heist, which appears to be the whole purpose
of the film, seems to take an eternity to come and it’s over in less time
than Meaney’s on screen, which isn’t very long.
James Burrows is pretty good and with his charm and charisma manages to
elevate Three Day Millionaire well above the status that it deserves. Think
of Three Day Millionaire as a poor man’s Full Monty and you won’t be far
wide of the mark. Good fun but hardly a classic of British cinema.