February 22, 2017


Withnail and I – 1987 | 107mins | Comedy | Colour


Plot Synopsis

Withnail and I

Withnail & I is Bruce Robinsonís semi-autobiographical directorial film debut. This nostalgic comedy has developed into an acerbic student cult-classic and is based on Robinsonís own experiences as a young actor living in Camden with deadbeat thespian Vivian MacKerrell and his encounters with the predatory Franco Zeffirelli. Throughout the desperate character study of late-’60s frustration, Richard E. Grant gets the choicest lines in his breakthrough performance and Paul McGannís is suitably understated.

Two unemployed actors rooming together in Camden Town during 1969, “I”, or Marwood (Paul McGann) is a young drifter, Withnail (Richard E. Grant) is his eccentric, selfish roommate, both are very much children of the Sixties. Fed up with London, they decide to embark upon a disastrous weekend in the countryside in their decrepit Jag in the hope of finding rejuvenation. All does not go according to plan when the two arrive to find their new home a run-down farmhouse. The Lake District vacation turns into hilarious comedy when they are faced with such dilemmas as having to kill a chicken for dinner, an extra dimension is added when Withnailís homosexual uncle Monty (Richard Griffiths) arrives with amorous intentions towards Marwood.

Production Team

Bruce Robinson: Director
Henry Harris: Art Direction
Peter Hannan: Cinematography
David Wimbury: Co-Producer
Andrea Galer: Costume Design
Alan Strachan: Editing
George Harrison: Executive Producer
Peter Frampton: Make-up Department
Rick Wentworth: Original Music
David Dundas: Original Music
Paul M Heller: Producer
Michael Pickwoad: Production Design
Bruce Robinson: Script
Clive Winter: Sound


Paul McGann: Peter Marwood
Richard Griffiths: Monty
Ralph Brown: Danny
Michael Elphick: Jake
Richard E. Grant: Withnail

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