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Withnail & I (1987)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 19 June 1987 (USA)
In 1969, two substance-abusing, unemployed actors retreat to the countryside for a holiday that proves disastrous.

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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 <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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If you don't remember the sixties, don't worry - neither did they. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Mi ketten  »

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$1,544,889
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Richard E. Grant was hired on the proviso that he lost weight. Ironically he had just been trying to gain some weight through working out because he thought was too skinny. He went on a diet of protein shakes to achieve his gaunt look in the film. See more »

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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 »

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Marwood: Parkin's been. There's the supper.
[a live chicken is standing on the table]
Withnail: What are we supposed to do with that?
Marwood: Eat it.
Withnail: Eat it? Fucker's alive.
Marwood: Yeah, I know that, you've got to kill it.
Withnail: Me? I'm the firelighter and fuel collector.
Marwood: Yeah, I know, but I got the logs in.
[they get up and approach it]
Marwood: It takes away your appetite just looking at it.
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Paul McGann is credited only as "and I". See more »

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Spoofed in Conker's Bad Fur Day (2001) See more »

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Soundtrack Album Available From Filmtrax plc.
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Who says a comedy can't be intelligent, sad AND laugh out loud FUNNY?
20 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

The first time I watched 'Withnail and I' in the late 80s I thought it was pretty good, but that's about it. Over the years, and a few more viewings, it really started to grow on me, and recently rewatching it on DVD for the first time I was struck at how brilliant and unique it is. It's a very subtle film really, and most comedy is admittedly a matter of taste, but if this movie clicks with you you'll most likely end up putting it in amongst your all time favourites. To me it's one of the greatest comedies ever. It's intelligent and sad and genuinely laugh out loud FUNNY, something you rarely see these days. The movie is episodic and seems to ramble on, but it's much more than a shaggy dog story, there's an underlying depth and melancholy to it that makes it something special. Richard E. Grant has never been better than this. Playing Withnail and writing his wonderful autobiography cement his place in film history as far as I'm concerned. Paul McGann is also excellent, and there are lovely performances from Richard Griffiths, Michael Elphick and Ralph Brown. EVERYONE is good in 'Withnail' but it's still Grant's movie all the way. He is just utterly brilliant! 'Withnail and I' is one of THE great British movies, and comes with my highest recommendation.


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