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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If you don't remember the sixties, don't worry - neither did they.
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Did You Know?
In the scene where they set off for Penrith, in the shot where the Jaguar drives away towards a railway bridge after Marwood flips the shades down on his glasses, Bruce Robinson
's rare Aston Martin DB4 convertible can be seen parked in the background on the right hand side immediately before the bridge. This car also appears in the Bagleys' garage in How to Get Ahead in Advertising
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Withnail's hairstyle is clearly from the mid-1980's, not 1969. See more
[Marwood comes out of the bathroom wearing a towel
You're looking very beautiful, man. Have you been away? Saint Peter preached the epistles to the apostles looking like that.
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.
Referenced in My Dinner with Hervé
A Whiter Shade of Pale
Performed by King Curtis
Written by Keith Reid
, Gary Brooker
and Matthew Fisher
1969 Published by Westminster Music Ltd.
Original Sound Recording made by Warner Bros. Records See more