Withnail and I

Withnail and I

DVD - 2010
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Acerbic and irresistibly self-destructive Withnail and neurotic Marwood are down-at-the-heels actors in 1960s London, living in self-inflicted squalor and drowning their artistic frustrations with booze and any drugs they can get their hands on. Fleeing the doldrums, and unpaid bills, of the city, the pair find themselves stuck in the less than idyllic country cottage of Withnail's lascivious uncle Monty.

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pscho Apr 27, 2015

Really wanted to like this movie, but it just didn't work for me. Not much humour, really kind of boring.

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Jane_Sm
Jan 20, 2015

There's no accounting for taste. We didn't find the characters funny or likable; a few chuckles but otherwise it all came across as quite lame. Skipped a few scenes then just gave up.

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uncommonreader
Dec 17, 2014

Quirky, funny and very well-done.

PrinceBishop Mar 11, 2013

How could you not like a film that lists "Richard Starkey, MBE" as a special production consultant? Not to everyone's taste, to be sure; but brilliantly acted by Richard E. Grant, Paul McGann, and Richard Griffiths. A swan song to the Sixties. Worth watching, even if you end up hating it.

JillianML Feb 14, 2013

Richard Griffiths

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nutmeggish
Feb 04, 2013

This is the kind of movie that never fails to make me smile. The rapid-fire dialogue is what makes this film really enjoyable,

THUD55 Dec 20, 2012

I enjoyed this movie especially the Danny character. it is not a classic but it was enjoyable. the accents make it tough to catch everything they say.

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mjayh
Sep 26, 2012

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.

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Monolith
Jul 15, 2012

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.

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Heyst
Sep 17, 2011

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

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Monolith
Jul 17, 2012

Withnail: "I think we've been in here too long. I feel unusual."

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Jul 17, 2012

Withnail: "I MUST HAVE SOME BOOZE! I DEMAND TO HAVE SOME BOOZE!!"

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Monolith
Jul 17, 2012

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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Monolith
Jul 17, 2012

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."

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Monolith
Jul 17, 2012

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."

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Jul 17, 2012

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."

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Monolith
Jul 17, 2012

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

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Monolith
Jul 17, 2012

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!"

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Monolith
Jul 17, 2012

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."

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Monolith
Jul 16, 2012

(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!!"

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