Withnail And I (1987) United Kingdom
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Director:Bruce Robinson
Studio:Anchor Bay Home Entertainment
Producer:Paul M. Heller
Writer:Bruce Robinson
Rating:4.5 (101 votes)
Rated:Suitable for 15 years and over
Date Added:2009-08-27
Purchased At:play.com
Purchased On:2009-08-27
Picture Format:Anamorphic Widescreen
Aspect Ratio:1.77:1
Sound:Dolby Digital 2.0
Bruce Robinson  ...  (Director)
Bruce Robinson  ...  (Writer)
Richard E. Grant  ...  
Paul McGann  ...  
Richard Griffiths  ...  
Ralph Brown  ...  
Michael Elphick  ...  
Peter Hannan  ...  Cinematographer
Summary: Set in 1969, the year in which the hippy dreams of so many young Englishmen went sour, 1986's Bruce Robinson's "Withnail and I" is an enduring British cult. Fellow enthusiasts cry immortal phrases from the endlessly brilliant script to one another like mating calls; "Scrubbers!", "We want the finest wines known to humanity and we want them now!" Withnail is played by the emaciated but defiantly effete Richard E Grant, "I" (i.e., Marwood) by Paul McGann. Out-of-work actors living in desperate penury in a rancid London flat, their lives are a continual struggle to keep warm, alive and in Marwood's case sane, until the pubs open. A sojourn in the country cottage of Withnail's gay Uncle Monty only redoubles their privations--they have to kill a live chicken to eat. The arrival of Monty spells further misery for Marwood as he must fend off his attentions. This borderline homophobic interlude apart, "Withnail and I" is a delight, enhanced by an aimless but appallingly eventful plot. Popular among students, it strikes a chord with anyone who has undergone a period of debauchery and impoverished squalor prior to finding their way onto life's straight and narrow.--"David Stubbs"