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>
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
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 to the cottage. This was 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
Laisse-moi, respirer, longtemps, longtemps, l'odeur de tes cheveux. Oh, Baudelaire. Brings back such memories of Oxford. Oh, Oxford...
Followed by yet another anecdote about his sensitive crimes in a punt with a chap called Norman who had red hair and a book of poetry stained with the butter drips from crumpets.
Referenced in Room 101: Episode #10.5
A Whiter Shade of Pale
Performed by King Curtis
Composed by Keith Reid
and Gary Brooker
1969 Published by Westminster Music Ltd.
Original Sound Recording made by Warner Bros. Records See more