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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 »
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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

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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
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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
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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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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:
The name "Withnail" came from man called Jonathan Withnall that Bruce Robinson knew as a little boy. He was a local character who reversed his Aston Martin into a police car in a pub car park. Robinson said he's never been able to spell very well, and spelled his last name "Withnail" by mistake. The character of Withnail was based on Robinson's close friend, actor Vivian MacKerrell who died of throat cancer in 1995. They met at The Central School of Speech and Drama in 1964. The pair lived with David Dundas, Michael Feast and others in a Victorian townhouse bought by Dundas's parents in Camden Town, London.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Monty drives Withnail and "I" into Penrith the radish is on his left lapel. When they arrive in Penrith a few minutes later, the radish has mysteriously moved to his right lapel.See more »
Quotes:
Withnail:This place is uninhabitable.
Marwood:Give it a chance. It's got to warm up.
Withnail:Warm up? We may as well sit round this cigarette. This is ridiculous. We'll be found dead in here next spring.
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43 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
Brilliant Brit Comedy, 14 January 2006
Author: Theo Robertson from Isle Of Bute, Scotland

Strange to believe that WITHNAIL AND I , a film that is regarded as today one of the best British comedies ever made flopped spectacularly on its initial release in 1987 and maybe it's not too easy to see why . In the late 1980s the British film industry was in an absolute mire and the very phrase itself " British film " made a homegrown audience roll its eyes and think of art-house crap directed by Derek Jarman or Peter Greenaway . Any British film no matter the genre or how good it was always got tarred with the same brush in those days .

Years later actor Ralph Brown ( Danny ) was asked " Why is it a good film ? " to which he replied " Because there's no crap bits in it " which simplifying the truth . WITHNAIL AND I is a very rare type of British comedy since it has been developed to its utmost potential . All too often British comedies of the last 20 years feel like they've been rush released before the script has been used to its full potential but not with this comedy classic because nearly every scene couldn't possibly be any funnier . Everyone has their favourite scene like the one in the Irish bar or the tea room or the one with bull but for me the stand out scene has got to be the urine sample down at the police station . It's also interesting to note that it's a movie without any female characters and feels both homo-erotic and laddish at the same time . It also carries an emotional and poignant impact at the end , something all of us can relate to when our best friend finds a new best friend and we become quickly forgotten

All the cast are excellent but Richard E Grant is nothing short of superb and it's probably his performance as much as Bruce Robinson's smart script . You could argue that because Withnail is a camp , self centered , mincing thespian Grant is playing an extension of himself and while this may be true he's certainly enjoyable to watch here . Ironically enough I'd have thought he'd be brilliant as the title character in DOCTOR WHO but it was co-star Paul McGann who got the role in the 1996 American TVM and what a major disappointment he was . As it stands both actors will probably be best remembered for their cracking roles in this movie

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