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Withnail and I

(DVD - 2001)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Withnail and I
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Two down-and-out British actors leave their city life for a disastrous vacation in the country with an eccentric uncle.
Statement of Responsibility: HandMade Films ; produced by Paul Heller ; written and directed by Bruce Robinson
Title: Withnail and I
Publisher: Irvington, NY : Criterion Collection, [2001]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (108 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Notes: DVD special features includes: Withnail & Us, a 1999 documentary on the film, pre-production photos by Ralph Steadman, original theatrical trailer, limited-edition collectible poster of the original film art by Ralph Steadman
Credits: Cinematography, Peter Hannan ; art director, Henry Harris ; editor, Alan Strachan ; music, David Dundas, Rick Wentworth ; costume designer, Andrea Galer ; production designers, Denis O'Brien, Michael Pickwoad.
Performers: Paul McGann, Richard E. Grant, Richard Griffiths, Ralph Brown, Michael Elphick, Daragh O'Malley, Michael Wardle, Una Brandon-Jones, Noel Johnson.
Summary: Two down-and-out British actors leave their city life for a disastrous vacation in the country with an eccentric uncle.
Audience: MPAA rating R
System Details: DVD, region 1, widescreen presentation, Dolby Digital stereo
Other Language: English or French dialogue, Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned
Subject Headings: Actors Drama City and town life Drama Vacations Drama
Genre/Form: Feature films
Comedy films
Films for the hearing impaired
Topical Term: Actors
City and town life
Publisher No: HMV CC1573D
ISBN: 1559409207
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE W
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Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Writer/director Bruce Robinson's 1987 cult classic of two unemployed/unemployable boozehound London flatmates on 'holiday by mistake' in '69. Rats in kitchen sinks, lighter fluid cocktails with an antifreeze chaser, Danny the drug dealer without a brain cell to speak of. Side-splittingly funny and bizarre. Superb actors: Richard Griffiths as shall we say 'carrot connoisseur' Uncle Monty; Ralph Brown as the human pharmacy Danny; Paul McGann as the somewhat rational I/Marwood; and my personal favorite, Richard E. Grant as f-bombing, quadruple whiskey swilling Withnail. FIVE STARS.

Oct 01, 2012
  • mjayh rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I found the characters a bit trying initially--for the first 15 minutes or so--but I'm glad I stayed with it because it eventually became very very funny, and all in all was quite a grand adventure.

favorite. Rock and roll pedigree: The late great George Harrison produced this film. If you lived through the 60's and loved it, you will love the soundtrack of this film and the vibe. All these hippie bashers now are just jealous they weren't there at the birth of great music. all along the watchtower. Ya Baby

hilarious. i go back to this movie at least once a year. so great.


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Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Withnail: "I have of late, but wherefore I know not, lost all my mirth. And indeed it goes so heavily with my disposition that this goodly frame, the earth, seems to me a sterile promontory. This most excellent canopy, the air, look you, this brave o'erhanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted with golden fire, why, it appeareth nothing to me but a foul and pestilent congregation of vapours. What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason! How infinite in faculties! How like an angel in apprehension. How like a god! The beauty of the world! The paragon of animals! And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust? Man delights not me, no, nor women neither. Nor women neither."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Tea Shop Proprietor: "Miss Blennerhassett, telephone the police." Marwood: (with his mouth full) "All right, Miss Blennerhassett, I'm warning you, if you do, you're fired. We are multimillionaires. We shall buy this place and fire you immediately." Withnail: "Yes, we'll buy this place and we'll install a f*cking jukebox in here and liven all you stiffs up a bit!" Tea Shop Proprietor: "The police, Miss Blennerhassett. Just say there are a couple of drunks in the Penrith tearooms and we want them removed." Marwood: "We are not drunks, we are multimillionaires!" Tea Shop Proprietor: "Hurry up, Mabs. We'll keep them here til they arrive." Withnail: "You won't keep us anywhere. We'll buy this place and have it knocked down!" (Monty's Rolls-Royce pulls up) Marwood: " 'S alright, 's alright, s'alright... We're going, our car has arrived!" Withnail: (staggering out) "We'll be back. We're coming back in here."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

(They drunkenly barge into some tearooms) Withnail: (pointing at a table) "All right here?" Waitress: "What do you want?" Withnail: "Cake. All right here?" Waitress: "No, we're closing in a minute." Withnail: "We're leaving in a minute. (he sits down) We want cake and tea." Tea Shop Proprietor: "Didn't you hear? She said she'd closed. What do you want in here?" Withnail: "Cake. What's it got to do with you?" Tea Shop Proprietor: "I happen to be the proprietor. Now, would you leave?" Withnail: "Ah! I'm glad you're the proprietor, I was gonna have to have a word with you anyway. We're working on a film up here. Locations, see. We might wanna do a film in here." Tea Shop Proprietor: "You're drunk." Marwood: "Just bring out the cakes." Withnail: "Cake and fine wine." Waitress: "If you don't leave, we'll call the police." Withnail: "BALLS! WE WANT THE FINEST WINES AVAILABLE TO HUMANITY, AND WE WANT THEM HERE, AND WE WANT THEM NOW!!"

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Barman: "Time, gents, please." Withnail: "Alright, we're going to have to work quickly. A pair of quadruple whiskies and another pair of pints, please."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Withnail: "Vegetables again. I'll be sprouting bloody feelers soon. Must be 20,000 sheep up there on those volcanos, we've got a plate full of carrots." Marwood: "There's black puddings in it." Withnail: "Black puddings are no good to us. (he stands up) I WANT SOMETHING'S FLESH!"

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Withnail: "I feel like a pig shat in my head."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Danny: "Don't get uptight with me, man. Cos if you do, I'll have to give you a dose of medicine. And if I spike you, you'll know you've been spoken to." Withnail: "You wouldn't spike me, you're too mean. Besides, there's nothing invented I couldn't take." Danny: "If I medicined you, you'd think a brain tumour was a birthday present." Withnail: "I could take double anything you could." Danny (removing his sunglasses): "Very, very foolish words, man."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Danny: "I don't advise a haircut, man. All hairdressers are in the employment of the government. Hairs are your aerials. They pick up signals from the cosmos, and transmit them directly into the brain. This is the reason bald-headed men are uptight."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Marwood (voiceover): "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."

Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Marwood (to Withnail, who picks up a bottle of lighter fluid): "I wouldn't drink that if I was you. Withnail: "Why not?" Marwood: "Because I don't advise it. Even the wankers on the site wouldn't drink that, that's worse than meths." Withnail: "Nonsense. This is a far superior drink to meths. The wankers don't drink it because they can't afford it. (He pours the lighter fluid down his throat. He gags and gasps) Have we got any more? (Marwood shakes his head) Liar. What's in your toolbox?" Marwood: "No, we have nothing. Sit down." Withnail: "Liar. You've got antifreeze." Marwood: "You bloody fool, you should never mix your drinks!" (Withnail laughs hysterically and falls to floor, and then vomits on Marwood's feet)

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