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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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You are invited to spend an hilarious weekend in the English countryside. 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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Ralph Brown turned up for his audition dressed up like the Danny described in the script, with purple hair and painted fingernails. The casting director Mary Selway and director Bruce Robinson found him frightening but also hilarious. Because of his extra mile, he got the part. See more »

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Withnail's hairstyle is clearly from the mid-1980's, not 1969. See more »

Quotes

[Mr Parkin is sitting on his tractor with one leg wrapped from thigh to ankle in a plastic fertiliser bag. He winces as he stretches his leg]
Marwood: What happened to your leg?
Isaac Parkin: Got a randy bull up there. Gi' me one in t' knee.
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Paul McGann is credited only as "and I". See more »

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Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.15 (2011) See more »

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Performed by Charlie Kunz
Composed by Ervin Drake and Jimmy Shirl
Published Chappell Music Ltd
Original Sound Recording made by the Decca Record Co. Ltd.
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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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