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19 June 1987 (USA) See more »
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You are cordially invited to spend a funny weekend in the English countryside. (US poster) See more »
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London 1969 - two 'resting' (unemployed and unemployable) actors, Withnail and Marwood, fed up with damp... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Richard E. Grant ... Withnail

Paul McGann ... & I / Marwood

Richard Griffiths ... Monty

Ralph Brown ... Danny

Michael Elphick ... Jake
Daragh O'Malley ... Irishman
Michael Wardle ... Isaac Parkin
Una Brandon-Jones ... Mrs. Parkin
Noel Johnson ... General
Irene Sutcliffe ... Waitress
Llewellyn Rees ... Tea Shop Proprietor
Robert Oates ... Policeman One
Anthony Wise ... Policeman Two
Eddie Tagoe ... Presuming Ed
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Bruce Robinson ... Double for various actors in distant shots (uncredited)
Fred Wood ... Man In Cafe (uncredited)

Directed by
Bruce Robinson 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Bruce Robinson 

Produced by
George Harrison .... executive producer
Paul M. Heller .... producer (as Paul Heller)
Lawrence Kirstein .... associate producer
Denis O'Brien .... executive producer
David Wimbury .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
David Dundas 
Rick Wentworth 
 
Cinematography by
Peter Hannan (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Alan Strachan 
 
Casting by
Mary Selway 
 
Production Design by
Michael Pickwoad 
 
Art Direction by
Henry Harris 
 
Costume Design by
Andrea Galer 
 
Makeup Department
Peter Frampton .... makeup artist
Sue Love .... hairdresser
 
Production Management
Matthew Binns .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Peter Kohn .... first assistant director
Kathy Sykes .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Les Allett .... props
Leith Boler .... property buyer
Peter Browne .... stagehand
Alan Chesters .... supervising carpenter
Bert Gadsden .... property master
Steve Payne .... props stand-by
Wesley Peppiatt .... props
John Roberts .... painter
 
Sound Department
Peter Best .... dialogue editor
Allan Brereton .... sound maintenance
Peter Holt .... footsteps editor
Alan Paley .... sound editor
Trevor Rutherford .... boom operator
Hugh Strain .... dubbing mixer
Clive Winter .... sound mixer
 
Special Effects by
Paul Corbould .... special effects
Martin Gutteridge .... special effects supervisor
Dominic Tuohy .... special effects assistant
 
Stunts
Paul Heasman .... stunt double: Paul McGann
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Murray Close .... still photographer
Colin Davidson .... focus
Perry Evans .... electrician
Ian Foster .... clapper loader
Michael Heller .... additional still photographer
Brian Martin .... best boy
Don Maton .... electrician
Don McLellan .... rigger
Reg Parsons .... gaffer
Bob Smith .... camera operator
Brian Sullivan .... electrician
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alan Murphy .... costume maker
Shaun Wyldeck-Estrada .... wardrobe mistress
 
Editorial Department
Bob Mullen .... assistant editor
Anne Sopel .... assistant editor
Jeremy Strachan .... assistant editor
Tony Tromp .... assistant editor
 
Transportation Department
Mike Beaven .... transportation
Steve Miller .... transportation
 
Other crew
Joanna Campling .... unit publicist
David Carrigan .... production runner
Valerie Craig .... production coordinator
Gordon Davis .... assistant accountant
Robin Demetriou .... catering supervisor
Jacky Holding .... accounts secretary
Sally Jones .... script supervisor
Paula Merwin .... assistant to producer
Ringo Starr .... special production consultant (as Richard Starkey)
 
Thanks
Inger Best .... additional thanks
Dennis Carrigan .... additional thanks
Ray Cooper .... thanks
Bob Crowdy .... additional thanks
John Geary .... additional thanks
Martin Gutteridge .... additional thanks
Debbie London .... additional thanks
John Mackswith .... additional thanks
Paul Oliver .... additional thanks
Ronnie Pearce .... additional thanks
Nicole Rothman .... additional thanks
Mody Schreiber .... thanks
Bella Serrell .... additional thanks
John Stanborough .... thanks
Ralph Steadman .... special thanks
 

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107 min
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Certification:
Australia:MA | Australia:M (TV rating) | Canada:R (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 (1988) | Germany:12 | Ireland:15A | New Zealand:R13 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:PG | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #28355)

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Trivia:
When Bruce Robinson was appearing in Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet (1968), the gay director tried constantly to seduce him. Robinson incorporated many of Zeffirelli's chat-up lines into Uncle Monty's dialog as he pursues Marwood.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: As the boys are driving OUT of London there is a light blue Ford Transit van. It is also there when they are driving BACK to London at the end of the film. Same number plate as well.See more »
Quotes:
Uncle Monty:The older order changeth, yielding place to new. God fulfills himself in many ways. And soon, I suppose, I shall be swept away by some vulgar little tumour. Oh, my boys, my boys, we're at the end of an age. We live in a land of weather forcasts and breakfasts that set in. Shat on by Tories, shovelled up by Labour. And here we are, we three, perhaps the last island of beauty in the world.See more »
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Featured in The 50 Greatest Comedy Films (2006) (TV)See more »
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97 out of 108 people found the following review useful.
British film-making at its best., 19 November 2001
Author: pjcarline from Amsterdam

Camden, 1969. Two unemployed actors, Withnail (Richard E Grant), and I (Paul McGann), are facing up to the reality of an empty wine cellar and a harsh comedown following a speed binge. Squalid living conditions and the prospect of life on the poverty line leads 'I' (otherwise known as Marwood), to suggest a rejuvenating break in the Lake District. After Withnail manages to persuade his bizarre uncle, Monty (Richard Griffiths) to part with the keys of his dilapidated cottage, the take the Jag north for a taste of country life.

Adapting to such an alien environment is an initial challenge to the highly strung Withnail; his predicament is significantly worsened following an altercation with poacher Jake (Michael Elphick). Meanwhile, Marwood is forced to concentrate his attentions to fending off the advances of the lecherous Monty, who has inconveniently come to stay.

Following an awkward evening, the pair hurriedly return to London and, after a run-in with the Metropolitan Police, return to find Danny (Ralph Brown) has made himself at home. Drugged rodents fill the oven while Presuming Ed fills the bath and Marwood is rescued from the mire - it seems he will crack the boards after all. "Congratulations", Withnail says emptily, as he begins to contemplate life without his straight man.

Bruce Robinson deserves high praise for creating a rich, debauched world of weird thumbs, phenodihydrochloride benelex, old suits, uncontaminated urine and the Camberwell carrot. WIth a the tightest of budgets, he brings the late 1960's to life. The script is incredibly witty and eminently quotable. Both Mary Selway (casting director) and Bruce Robinson succeeded in bringing dialogue to life with an impeccable choice of actors. Richard E Grant has never come close to his performance as Withnail - his drunken performances are remarkable. Richard Griffiths is as camp as a hat as the overbearing, exuberant Monty, and Ralph Brown is frequently hilarious as the dangerous but lovable Danny.

This is a film that will never be tarnished by age, and neither is it limited by repeat viewings. It is a very accessible film, despite its largely English humour, and 'Withnail' remains one of the best films about friendship. Certainly a one off, 'Withnail' is a must see film that will not disappoint.

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