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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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1.85 : 1
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Richard E. Grant was hired on the proviso that he lost weight. Ironically he had just been trying to gain some weight through working out because he thought was too skinny. He went on a diet of protein shakes to achieve his gaunt look in the film. See more »

Goofs

A road sign for the M25 London orbital motorway can be seen at one point as Withnail and Marwood are driving along the motorway on the way back from the cottage. This road was constructed in the 1980s, well after 1969, the year in which the film was set. The folded metal crash barrier is a thing of the late '70s at the earliest. Numerous cars dating from the 1980s are seen on the motorway. See more »

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[Jake has left a dead hare hanging on the cottage door, along with a note]
Monty: [reading the note] "Here. Hare. Here."
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Paul McGann is credited only as "and I". See more »

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Featured in Screenwipe: Episode #3.1 (2007) See more »

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Piano Sonata in B Flat Major
Music by Franz Schubert
Performed by Leslie Pearson
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my absolute and utter favourite film
4 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

What a film! The one-liners, the names (Monty, Withnail...where else would you find such spectacular names?!) True it does not have much of a plot but what it lacks in plot it makes up for in sheer brilliance of dialogue and wit. I had never heard of this film and then suddenly out of the blue : the people i babysat for told me about it, my friend Sarah began raving about it and then the ultimate shove towards watching it, my sister brought the video home! Now if that is not fate i don't know what is. I will be forever grateful. Richard E. Grant is the epitome of the brilliant character actor(i would put his performance on a level such as Daniel Day Lewis, a fete not known by any other actor in my book)finding an exquisite foil in McGann. Watch this film and if you do not find it in the least bit interesting then so be it you are condemned to be boring forever. But if you do not even crack a smile at the infamous line GET IN THE BACK OF THE VAN!! then i would worry for your future in the art of film watching.


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