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

Richard E. Grant ... Withnail

Paul McGann ... ... & I

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 1
Anthony Wise ... Policeman 2
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 .... lead scenic 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
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)
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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Additional Details

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107 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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)

Did You Know?

In the scene where Withnail (Richard E. Grant) ostensibly downs a bottle of lighter fluid, the can, which in rehearsals had been full of water, was full of vinegar. Director Bruce Robinson used vinegar on the take to get a better facial reaction from Grant. The vomiting was scripted and faked.See more »
Miscellaneous: 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 »
[Marwood knocks on the door of a farmhouse. An old woman with a clunky hearing aid pinned to her apron opens the door]
Mrs. Parkin:What do you want?
Marwood:I'm a friend of Montague Withnail's. He's lent us his cottage. I wondered if you could sell us some food. Eggs and things.
[the woman just squints at him]
Marwood:What about wood and coal?
[she still doesn't answer. He leans up close to her, speaking into to her hearing aid]
Marwood:I'm not from London, you know.
Mrs. Parkin:I don't care where you come from!
[she slams the door in his face]
Marwood:[voiceover] Not the attitude I'd been given to expect from the H.E. Bates novel I'd read. I thought they'd all be out the back, drinking cider and discussing butter. Clearly a myth. Evidently country people are no more receptive to strangers than city-dwellers.
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29 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
my absolute and utter favourite film, 4 May 2004
Author: lucy from Ireland

What a film! The one-liners, the names (Monty, Withnail...where else would you find such spectacular names?!) True it does not have much of a plot but what it lacks in plot it makes up for in sheer brilliance of dialogue and wit. I had never heard of this film and then suddenly out of the blue : the people i babysat for told me about it, my friend Sarah began raving about it and then the ultimate shove towards watching it, my sister brought the video home! Now if that is not fate i don't know what is. I will be forever grateful. Richard E. Grant is the epitome of the brilliant character actor(i would put his performance on a level such as Daniel Day Lewis, a fete not known by any other actor in my book)finding an exquisite foil in McGann. Watch this film and if you do not find it in the least bit interesting then so be it you are condemned to be boring forever. But if you do not even crack a smile at the infamous line GET IN THE BACK OF THE VAN!! then i would worry for your future in the art of film watching.

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