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A corrosively funny, semiautobiographical account by writer-director Bruce Robinson (How to Get Ahead in Advertising) about a couple of destitute roommates, young actors living in drunken squalor in 1969, the twilight days of swingin' London. Withnail (the astounding Richard E. Grant in a definitive performance) is a kind of depraved, modern-day Oscar Wilde, but without the money or the manners. The "I" of the title is the younger and more impressionable Marwood (Paul McGann), who stands somewhat in awe of his scandalous, demented, hysterical pal. While on a miserable holiday in the bitterly cold and damp countryside, they stay with wealthy, corpulent "Uncle Monty" (Richard Griffiths), who takes quite a liking to young Marwood, much to his consternation. Though not well known in the United States, Withnail & I has a major cult following in England. It's uproariously funny in a peculiarly British way, and the acting is absolutely scintillating. (Chicago Sun-Times critic Roger Ebert said Griffiths's was the best performance by an actor in a British film since Denholm Elliott in A Room with a View.) This one's a real treat for the caustic at heart. --Jim Emerson

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen

Cast

Richard E. GrantWithnail
Paul McGannMarwood
Richard GriffithsMonty
Ralph BrownDanny
Michael ElphickJake
Daragh O'MalleyIrishman
Michael WardleIsaac Parkin
Una Brandon-JonesMrs. Parkin
Noel JohnsonGeneral
Irene SutcliffeWaitress
Llewellyn ReesTea Shop Proprietor
Robert OatesPoliceman One
Anthony WisePoliceman Two
Eddie TagoePresuming Ed

  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Director: Bruce Robinson
  • Producer: Criterion/Voyager
  • Length: 107 Min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJun 19, 1987
    EuropeFeb 5, 1988
    AustraliaOct 29, 1987
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
    AustraliaMA
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaAug 24, 2010
    EuropeAug 31, 2009
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJul 10, 2001
    EuropeNov 12, 2001
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