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Withnail & I (1987)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 19 June 1987 (USA)
At the end of the 1960's, two substance-abusing, unemployed actors retreat to the countryside for a holiday that proves disastrous.

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Jake
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Irishman
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Isaac Parkin
Una Brandon-Jones ...
Mrs. Parkin
Noel Johnson ...
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Irene Sutcliffe ...
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Llewellyn Rees ...
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Robert Oates ...
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Anthony Wise ...
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Eddie Tagoe ...
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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 cordially invited to spend a funny weekend in the English countryside. (US poster) See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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19 June 1987 (USA)  »

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$1,544,889 (USA)
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Film debuts of Richard E. Grant and Paul McGann. See more »

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When the letter is delivered to the cottage, Withnail picks it up from the table to read it. In the following shot, he is holding the envelope at the back of the letter which wasn't in his hands in the previous shot. See more »

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Withnail: Right, you fucker, I'm going to do the washing up!
Marwood: No, no, you can't. It's impossible, I swear it. I've looked into it. Listen to me, listen to me! There are things in there, there's a tea-bag growing! You haven't slept in sixty hours, you're in no state to tackle it. Wait till the morning, we'll go in together.
Withnail: This IS the morning. Stand aside!
Marwood: [holding him back] You don't understand. I think there may be something living in there, I think there may be something alive.
Withnail: What do you mean? A rat?
Marwood: ...
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Paul McGann is credited only as "and I". See more »

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Referenced in The 100 Greatest Films (2001) See more »

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Voodoo Chile
Performed and Composed by Jimi Hendrix
1969 Published by Chappell Music Ltd.
Original Sound Recording made by Polydor Records Ltd.
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Not just a cult classic...a classic - period.
24 August 2002 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

I have a film poster of Withnail & I that has such critical quotes as "Hilarious!" and "Gloriously funny!" and I can't say I totally agree. Don't get me wrong...I loved this film and it remains one of my favorites of all time, I just think these quotes sell the movie as some kind of Monty Python romp...and it's much more than that. I did laugh throughout, but I was also touched and found it quite sad (in a very entertaining way.) I would like to think that this is what Bruce Robinson intended...to make a dramedy...not just a silly romp. Though perhaps a bit slow for some, I thought the pace was remarkable, the acting superb. I have also heard people say that they found the plot lacking...but I argue that sometimes it's just nice to sit back and get swept away by a good character study. Interesting and thought provoking, sometimes referred to as a "cult classic", I say it's just a classic - period. Oh...and great soundtrack. The closing music always gives me goosebumps.


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