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Release Date:
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 »
Plot:
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)
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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 | New Zealand:R13 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:PG | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #28355)

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Trivia:
Ralph Brown turned up for his audition dressed up like the Danny described in the script, with purple hair and painted fingernails. The casting director Mary Selway and director Bruce Robinson found him frightening but also hilarious. Because of his extra mile, he got the part.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Withnail and Marwood are driving along the motorway on the way to the cottage, at least one motorway construction vehicle can be seen driving in the same direction, but on the other carriageway. This gives away the fact that the motorway scenes were filmed on a completed but as yet unopened section of the M25 motorway.See more »
Quotes:
[Monty's cat jumps onto the sofa]
Uncle Monty:Get that damned little swine out of here!
[he lunges at it and it runs off]
Uncle Monty:It's trying to get itself in with you, it's trying for even more advantage! It's obsessed with its gut, it's like a bloody rugby ball now! It will die, it will die!
Withnail:Monty, Monty...
Uncle Monty:No, no, no, dear boy, you must leave, you must leave. Yet again that oaf has destroyed my day!
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84 out of 94 people found the following review useful.
A Journey back to the 60s with George Harrison, 29 August 2004
Author: John Sinclair from London, England

Withnail and I is set in an old, run down student flat in London's Camden Town at the end of the 1960's. Withnail and I are a couple of unemployed actors from different ends of the social spectrum.

Withnail is a Harrow educated dilettante, and rather upper crust; his flatmate Marwood is a grammar school boy with a slightly more realistic outlook on life. To escape from the squalor of their grim, unemployed, existence in Camden Town, soaked in a near lethal cocktail of alcohol and drugs, the desperate pair call upon the generosity of Withnail's uncle Montague and secure the use of his cottage in the country for a weekend.

Uncle Monty is an eccentric middle-aged homosexual, who prefers vegetables to flowers. He considers that 'flowers are essentially tarts - prostitutes for the bees', and wears a radish in his buttonhole in preference to a flower. He grows vegetables in pots in his Chelsea house, and makes suggestive references to 'firm young carrots'.

Withnail (excellently played by Richard E. Grant), persuades Uncle Monty (a superb Richard Griffiths) to lend Marwood (a convincing Paul McGann) and him his cottage in the country for the weekend.

Their exploits at the cottage, and in Penrith where they spend their Wellington boot money on booze and try to sober up in a gentile tearoom are memorable, witty and entertaining. The incongruous uncle Monty reciting Baudelaire in the Cumbrian hills, seeking carnal knowledge of Marwood (apparently coerced by the cowardly and treacherous Withnail), are testament to the writing skills and humour of author and director, Bruce Robinson.

The film's soundtrack brings us 'A Whiter Shade of Pale', played by King Curtis on the Saxophone, 'My Friend' and 'Walk hand in Hand', performed by Charlie Kunz, 'Schubert's Piano Sonata in B Flat Major' performed by Leslie Pearson, 'All Along the Watchtower' and 'Voodoo Chile', by Jimi Hendrix, 'Hang Out the Stars in Indiana', performed by Al Bowlly, and 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps', by the late lamented George Harrison, who provided much of the financial backing for this memorable film.

This is a thoroughly entertaining 108 minutes of humorous entertainment, a few too many drinks, a convincing 60's atmosphere, superb performances from the excellent cast, and music to make your heart, and your guitar, gently weep. Thank you, George Harrison.

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