over 4 years
very british cult film, a handful of memorable moments. Not great.
almost 5 years
I never quite realised how sad it was.
almost 7 years
I cannot begin to explain how many connections I have with this unique piece of cinema.
J M O
Beautiful and decrepit, the friends feel so realistic and are so funny. monty MONTY
cult classic for a reason. great drunken missadventure
over 7 years
Like Peep Show from the 80s. Uncle Vernon is hilariously unsettling.
over 7 years
There are 3 movies that I won't hear a bad word said about; this is one of them.
Monty is the boss, but Withnail runs a close second. Funny, funny, funny
Withnail and I is a British black comedy made in 1986 by HandMade Films. It was written and directed by Bruce Robinson and is based on his life in London in the late 1960s. The main plot follows two unemployed young actors, Withnail and “I” (portrayed by Richard E. Grant and Paul McGann) who live in a squalid flat in Camden in 1969 while waiting for their careers to take off. Needing a holiday, they obtain the key to the country cottage in the Lake District belonging to Withnail’s flamboyantly gay uncle Monty and drive there. The holiday is less ‘recuperative’ than they expected.
The role of Withnail was Grant's first film and launched him into a successful career. The film also featured performances by Richard Griffiths as Withnail's Uncle Monty and Ralph Brown as Danny the drug dealer. The film has tragic and comic elements (particularly farce) and is notable for its period music and many quotable lines. It has been described as "one of Britain's biggest cult films".