Withnail & I

Withnail & I

Bruce Robinson (1986)

102min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This great little film launched the career of Richard E Grant and has since developed into a cult classic. Grant and Paul McGann play two dissolute out-of-work actors in 1960s London, slowly unravelling under the pressures of obscurity and determined substance abuse. Tiring of the baroque squalor of their Camden flat, the drink- and drugs-sodden pair decamp to a cottage in the Lake District ("We've gone on holiday by mistake") where they struggle to survive the weather and the lecherous Uncle Monty (the wonderful Richard Griffiths). Hilarious and poignant, this was written and directed by Bruce Robinson (who wrote the screenplay for The Killing Fields), based on his own experiences as a struggling actor.

Summary

Two hard-drinking unemployed actors sharing a grotty flat in late 1960s London think they can escape their miserable existence by decamping to a cottage in the Lake District. But finding no respite from their problems, the less self-destructive of the pair comes to realise he has to leave his friend behind. Cult black comedy, starring Richard E Grant, Paul McGann, Richard Griffiths and Ralph Brown.

Cast & Crew

Withnail Richard E Grant
I. Paul McGann
Uncle Monty Richard Griffiths
Danny the dealer Ralph Brown
Jake Michael Elphick
General Noel Johnson
Presuming Ed Eddie Tagoe
Irishman Daragh O'Malley
Director Bruce Robinson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Park CircusGuidance: Swearing, drug abuse. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Comedy