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Release Date:
19 June 1987 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
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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Awards:
1 win See more »
User Reviews:
Classic dialogue makes for a hilarious film See more (181 total) »

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

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Trivia:
In the scene where they set off for Penrith, in the shot where the Jaguar drives away after Marwood flips the shades down on his glasses, Bruce Robinson's rare Aston Martin DB4 convertible can be seen parked in the background. This car also appears in the Bagleys' garage in How to Get Ahead in Advertising (1989)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:
Marwood:How dare you tell him I'm a toilet trader!
Withnail:Tactical necessity. If I had told him you were active we'd never have got the cottage.
Marwood:I'd never have wanted it, not with him in it!
Withnail:I never thought he'd come all this way.
Marwood:Monty, he'd go to New York!
Withnail:Calculated risk.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Awake and Ovulate (2007)See more »
Soundtrack:
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58 out of 67 people found the following review useful.
Classic dialogue makes for a hilarious film, 10 April 2004
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

In the late 1960'sm Withnail and our narrator are two unemployed actors who have little chance of being employed. Fed up with their lot in Camden, they flee for a restful break in Penrith in the cottage of Withnail's Uncle Monty. However the facilities, the oddball locals and the advances of Monty put their friendship under pressure.

There is very little I can add to the many reviews that have rightly praised this film as one of the funniest British films ever. The basic plot is not enough to keep you watching and you should not come to this film looking for an amazing narrative - I have watched this several times and never once has it mattered where the film was going, only how it goes there. The joy of the film is a script that is rich in highly memorable and quotable dialogue that will make you laugh out loud. It is crass to let this become a list of lines but if you stood up in certain circles and declared `I demand booze' or `I want something's flesh' then it would immediately be recognised!

Of course, the dialogue would not work if it were delivered badly, a problem that does not exist here. Grant is, and always will be, Withnail; no matter how many stupid adverts he does for shops this is how I will remember him. His delivery is tremendous and he brings the character to life in a spinning fireball of comedic excess! McGann has the less showy part but is equally as good and has to make his character real in order to hold the film together. Support roles are just as well scripted and just as funny - notably Griffiths (you terrible c*nt!) and the late Michael Elphick.

Overall this is simply one of the best British comedies ever made and it breaks my heart to see voter's lists where things like Four Weddings top it! The delivery is great and the writing is consistently outrageous and hilarious. The only downside of this film is that director/writer Robinson has never topped this wonderful movie and looks like he never will.

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