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...
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You are invited to spend an hilarious weekend in the English countryside.
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Did You Know?
In the tearoom scene, Richard E. Grant
breaks out laughing. This wasn't scripted, but every time he spoke, he could hear the snorting of the dogs belonging to the old ladies at the table behind. He thought that this was someone laughing and kept corpsing. After too many re-takes, the director gave up and kept the laughter in. See more
When Marwood is in the bath shaving (just before Withnail arrives with his saveloy and chips), you can clearly see that below the shaving foam he is in fact already clean shaven. See more
[Withnail and Marwood are lying in bed together, listening to a man coming inside the cottage. Withnail is cowering under the covers
He's going into your room. It's you he wants. Offer him yourself.
[the bedroom door slowly opens and the intruder enters with a torch
[screwing his eyes shut in terror, moaning
We mean no harm!
Oh, my boys, my boys, forgive me.
Monty! Monty, Monty!
MONTY, YOU TERRIBLE CUNT!
Forgive me, it was inconsiderate of me not to have telegrammed.
The original cinema version of this film was shorter than the one that has since been released on video, laserdisc and DVD. Changes include:
- Marwood's opening voice-over has been redubbed.
- Marwood's speech about his thumbs having gone weird has been cut. The scene thus goes from the line "I don't feel good" to "Look at my tongue".
- Withnail's "I'm gonna pull your head off" has been cut.
- Danny's anecdote about The Coalman has been cut.
- Some dialogue concerning Withnail's current work and Marwood also being a thespian has been cut out of the scene at Monty's home.
- The scene of Marwood slipping in the mud and then angrily persuading Withnail to have another look at the shed has been cut.
- The first part of Withnail and Marwood's conversation with the major, concerning Withnail having been in the Territorials, has been cut. The scene in this version simply dissolves from Withnail and Marwood walking to the pub with Marwood's voice-over to the major bringing up the subject of Jake. Marwood's line about why Withnail lied to the major has understandably also been cut.
- The word Saveloy has been redubbed to Sausage.
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Performed by The Beatles
Composed by George Harrison
1968 Published by Harrisongs Ltd.
1968 Original Sound Recording made by EMI Records Ltd. See more