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 <email@example.com>
If you don't remember the sixties, don't worry - neither did they.
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Did You Know?
Withnail is a ferocious drunk, but he was played by the teetotaler Richard E. Grant
. Finally convinced that he needed to get drunk at least once to have the proper insight into the character, Grant "filled a tumbler with vodka and topped it off with a bit of Pepsi", then swilled the whole thing down. He was teased the next day by costar Paul McGann
and director Bruce Robinson
, who assured him that he would never be so funny on film again. See more
When Withnail puts his boots in the oven to dry, he opens the iron door with a stick because it will be hot. When he closes it, he uses his hand and doesn't even flinch. See more
[has just read the sorrowful note Monty has left
Poor old bastard.
I would say. Now that represents a degree of hypocrisy I've hirtherto suspected in you, but have not noticed due to highly evasive skills.
Referenced in Wicker Park
Hang Out the Stars in Indiana
Performed by Al Bowlly
Music by Harry M. Woods
Lyrics by Billy Moll
Published by Peter Morris Music Co. Ltd.
Original Sound Recording made by EMI Records Ltd. See more