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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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Classic dialogue makes for a hilarious film See more (181 total) »

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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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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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 »
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Anachronisms: When Withnail and Marwood run out of the Mother Black Cap pub, Trellick Tower is visible in the background (in the DVD commentary Bruce Robinson talks about he hated this building) but it wasn't completed until 1972, this film is set in 1969.See more »
Quotes:
Marwood:Withnail, you bastard, wake up. Wake up you bastard, or I burn this bastard bed down!
Withnail:I deny all accusations.
[opens his eyes]
Withnail:What you do want?
Marwood:I have just narrowly avoided having a buggering, and have come in here with the express intention of wishing one upon you.
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Referenced in "Endeavour: Trove (#2.1)" (2014)See more »
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While My Guitar Gently WeepsSee more »

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58 out of 66 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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