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?
Handmade Films kept back £30,000 of Bruce Robinson
's fee to pay for the scenes when Withnail and Marwood are driving through the rainstorm to get to Uncle Monty's cottage. The producers didn't believe these scenes were needed, but the director considered them essential. He was never reimbursed his money after the film's success. See more
When Withnail and Marwood run out of the Mother Black Cap pub, Trellick Tower is visible in the background (in the DVD commentary Bruce Robinson talks about he hated this building) but it wasn't completed until 1972, this film is set in 1969. See more
Don't get uptight with me, man. Cos if you do, I'll have to give you a dose of medicine. And if I spike you, you'll know you've been spoken to.
You wouldn't spike me, you're too mean. Beside there's nothing invented I couldn't take.
If I medicined you, you'd think a brain tumour was a birthday present.
I could take double anything you could.
[removing his sunglasses
Very, very foolish words, man.
Referenced in The 100 Greatest War Films
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