Withnail & I

Withnail & I

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Director: Bruce Robinson

Cast: Bruce Robinson, Richard E. Grant, Paul McGann, Richard Griffiths

     
 

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Screenwriter Bruce Robinson made his directorial debut with this British comedy. Withnail (Richard E. Grant) is an unsuccessful, pill-popping actor; "I," or Marwood (Paul McGann), is Withnail's roommate and another equally underemployed actor. The time is 1969: Withnail is fast becoming a burned-out relic of the '60s, while Marwood isSee more details below

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Screenwriter Bruce Robinson made his directorial debut with this British comedy. Withnail (Richard E. Grant) is an unsuccessful, pill-popping actor; "I," or Marwood (Paul McGann), is Withnail's roommate and another equally underemployed actor. The time is 1969: Withnail is fast becoming a burned-out relic of the '60s, while Marwood is trying to reassimilate into society. The two take a trip to the country in hopes of rejuvenating themselves, but things go from worse to even worse. Given the intimacy and insight of the screenplay and dialogue, one shouldn't be surprised that Bruce Robinson (who adapted the film from his own novel) based Withnail & I on his own experiences. The film proves that certain "Age of Aquarius" types were just as bollixed-up in Britain as they were in America.

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One of the funniest and most original British films in the second half of the 20th century, Withnail & I is a genuine cult classic. Set at the gray, scabby end of the 1960s, the film is a marvelous character study of two "resting" (read: unemployed and possibly unemployable) actors whose bitterness and frustrated hopes mirror the era's soiled, run-down glory. Few films have explored bitterness and filth with more acidic wit, and few actors have given more exuberantly poisonous performances than Richard E. Grant as the raging, cadaverous Withnail. Whether vomiting lighter fluid onto the shoes of his flatmate (the titular "I," or Marwood, portrayed as a seeming innocent by Paul McGann) or trying to kill a chicken for dinner, he is pitiful, charismatic, and endlessly watchable all at once. Also excellent is Richard Griffiths as Withnail's gay uncle Monty, a huge man with a bacchanalian lust for life, not to mention for the unsuspecting Marwood. Withnail and Monty are two of the film's more unapologetically profane aspects, while Grant provides its thorny, tragic soul.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/24/2010
UPC:
0014381663754
Original Release:
1987
Rating:
NR
Source:
Image Entertainment
Region Code:
A
Time:
1:47:00

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Performance Credits
Richard E. Grant Withnail
Paul McGann Peter Marwood ("I")
Richard Griffiths Monty
Ralph Brown Danny
Michael Elphick Jake
Daragh O'Malley Irishman
Michael Wardle Isaac Parkin
Una Brandon-Jones Mrs. Parkin
Noel Johnson General
Irene Sutcliffe Waitress
Llewellyn Rees Tea Shop Proprietor
Robert Oates Policeman 1
Eddie Tagoe Presuming Ed

Technical Credits
Bruce Robinson Director,Screenwriter
David Dundas Score Composer
Bob Dylan Songwriter
Peter Frampton Makeup
Andrea Galer Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter Hannan Cinematographer
Henry Harris Art Director
George Harrison Executive Producer
Paul Heller Producer
Peter Kohn Asst. Director
Denis O'Brien Executive Producer
Michael Pickwoad Production Designer
Mary Selway Casting
Bob Smith Camera Operator
Alan Strachan Editor
Rick Wentworth Score Composer
David Wimbury Co-producer
Clive Winter Sound/Sound Designer

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