London, 1969 - two 'resting' (unemployed and unemployable) actors, Withnail and Marwood, fed up with damp, cold, piles of washing-up, mad drug dealers and psychotic Irishmen, decide to leave their squalid Camden flat for an idyllic holiday in the countryside, courtesy of Withnail's uncle Monty's country cottage. But when they get there, it rains non-stop, there's no food, and their basic survival skills turn out to be somewhat limited. Matters are not helped by the arrival of Uncle Monty, who shows an uncomfortably keen interest in Marwood... Written by
Michael Brooke <firstname.lastname@example.org>
You are cordially invited to spend a funny weekend in the English countryside. (US poster)
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Did You Know?
turned up for his audition dressed up like the Danny described in the script, with purple hair and painted fingernails. The casting director Mary Selway
and director Bruce Robinson
found him frightening but also hilarious. Because of his extra mile, he got the part. See more
A road sign for the M25 London orbital motorway can be seen at one point as Withnail and Marwood are driving along the motorway on the way back from the cottage. This road was constructed in the 1980s, well after 1969, the year in which the film was set. The folded metal crash barrier is a thing of the late '70s at the earliest. Numerous cars dating from the 1980s are seen on the motorway. See more
I will say one thing for Monty, he keeps a sensational cellar!
Featured in William Shakespeare
Performed and Composed by Jimi Hendrix
1969 Published by Chappell Music Ltd.
Original Sound Recording made by Polydor Records Ltd. See more