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Withnail & I (1987)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 19 June 1987 (USA)
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In 1969, two substance-abusing, unemployed actors retreat to the countryside for a holiday that proves disastrous.

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Complete credited cast:
... Withnail
... ... & I
... Monty
... Danny
... Jake
... Irishman
... Isaac Parkin
Una Brandon-Jones ... Mrs. Parkin
Noel Johnson ... General
Irene Sutcliffe ... Waitress
Llewellyn Rees ... Tea Shop Proprietor
Robert Oates ... Policeman 1
... Policeman 2
... Presuming Ed
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London, 1969 - two 'resting' (unemployed and unemployable) actors, Withnail and Marwood, fed up with damp, cold, piles of washing-up, mad drug dealers and psychotic Irishmen, decide to leave their squalid Camden flat for an idyllic holiday in the countryside, courtesy of Withnail's uncle Monty's country cottage. But when they get there, it rains non-stop, there's no food, and their basic survival skills turn out to be somewhat limited. Matters are not helped by the arrival of Uncle Monty, who shows an uncomfortably keen interest in Marwood... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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If you can't remember the 60's, ...don't worry. Neither can they. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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19 June 1987 (USA)  »

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Mi ketten  »

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$1,544,889
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Trivia

The Camberwell Carrot was actually made with herbal cigarettes. See more »

Goofs

Several outdoor shots with rain only falling in the foreground. See more »

Quotes

Withnail: [looking at a newspaper] Oh, look at this little bastard. "Boy lands plum role for top Italian director" Course he does! Probably on a tenner a day, and I know what for! 2 pound 10 a tit and a fiver for his arse!
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Paul McGann is credited only as "and I". See more »

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References Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) See more »

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Soundtrack Album Available From Filmtrax plc.
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Role of a lifetime
13 September 1999 | by See all my reviews

Richard E Grant is simply perfect as Withnail, the addled but undoubtedly well-equipped "actor" on holiday with his pal, the "I" in the title. His soliloquy from Hamlet in the final scene is one of the best readings of that scene anyone's done in film. This is a film with a point, and a great way of avoiding making it too emphatically. I love every character, and every line. When Withnail frantically searches for antifreeze after drinking lighter fluid in a crazed attempt to become drunk, "I" says, "Everyone knows you shouldn't mix your drink!" Superb!


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