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Withnail & I (1987) Movie Information

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Bruce Robinson


Richard E. Grant
Paul McGann
Richard Griffiths
Ralph Brown
Michael Elphick
Daragh O'Malley





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mitchellyoung 05/27/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Withnail & I is an absurd, darkly funny, and extremely witty comedy that places razor-sharp gems in the mouth of the often drunk washed up acting duo of Withnail and Marwood. The film is at its best when the dialogue is allowed to flow in freeform scenes that play to the actors' comic timing and line-reading.

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Daniel Corleone 01/31/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Alcoholic Withnail and Marwood go around while they are waiting for a part, daily life revolves around getting coins to use in the meters that provide gas or electricity, going to collect benefits, and waiting for the pubs to open so they can drink. The picture consisted of constant babbling and searching from the 2 leads. It had such pointless direction and constant rudeness. Only thing worthy to make this good was the location and soundtrack. It was so bad I had to put it off halfway thru the movie. Withnail and I was definitely not my kind of flick.

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Josh C 03/29/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Withnail & I is like a mix of the 80's British comedy "Young Ones" paired up with "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas". It don't consider this movie laugh out loud funny except for a few scenes, but it was still humorous to watch.

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Virtuakd 03/12/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Funny, original and fiercely Independent, Withnail & I is a truly unique film with a great cast and a truly inspired premise.... Its 1969... London... and we meet our two out-of-work, out-of-money and nearly completely out-of-their minds actor protagonist (I... you never do learn his name) and antagonist (Withnail played by the brilliant Richard E. Grant). Who proceed to spend the entire movie welching off Withnails flamboyantly closeted Rich Uncle and their profoundly poetic drug dealer as they very slowly are drawn emotionally apart. George Harrison happened to Exec. Produce this little piece of mastery. Make sure you catch it on the Criterion Collection DVD. Don't miss this one. You won't be sorry.

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03/25/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Inspired, addictive cult classic

This is the second time I've watched this movie - with a mere 20 year gap in between viewings - and I can honestly say it's as brilliant as I remembered and still made me want to live the life of a reprobate, booze-swilling, drug-chomping, out of work actor, lounging around in a smoking jacket or madly running round the Welsh countryside being chased by angry locals- despite the fact that that romantic idyll is so thoroughly de-bunked in 'Withnail & I'. For some reason, the film can't help one view Withnail and Marwood's 'bohemian' lifestyle through rose-tinted spectacles.

Withnail, an unemployed and (for all intents and purposes), unemployable actor is an inspired act by Richard E. Grant and Marwood, his long suffering friend, is portrayed skillfully by Paul McGann. The two degenera...

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04/07/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Withnail & I" by Yojimbo

Withnail & I is the tale of a pair of out of work actors in 1969 Camden who decide to get away from it all for a weekend in a country cottage. And that's about it; plot heavy this film is not. It's all about the character of Withnail, played to perfection to a pre-insufferable Richard E. Grant; in fact Grant was a tee-totaler when he made this film, but Bruce Robinson insisted that the leading actors be paralytic during filming, just to make it more authentic! The pair are like a foul-mouthed, drunken version of Laurel & Hardy as they stagger through the ordinary world in much the same way as Raoul Duke and Dr. Gonzo were in Fear & Loathing, except that this film is very, very British. This film is all about the dialogue, which is hilarious, containing some of the funniest swearing you'll...

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