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 can't remember the 60's, ...don't worry. Neither can they.
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This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #119. See more
The word "Provos" can be seen on the wall of the pub as Withnail and Marwood leave, however the Provisional IRA were only formed in December 1969 which is at least a couple of months after the film is set. See more
Even a stopped clock gives the right time twice a day. And for once I'm inclined to believe that Withnail is right. We are indeed drifting into the arena of the unwell. Making an enemy of our own future. What we need is harmony, fresh air, stuff 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.
Featured in William Shakespeare
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. See more