- I to Withnail (Paul McGann to Richard E. Grant) who is about to drink lighter fluid he is so desperate for a drink to keep warm.
"I demand to have more booze!" Withnail (Grant)
New York Times - 03/27/1987
"...A small, wise, breezy footnote [to the 1960's]....Genuinely funny..."
Variety - 02/11/1987
"...The humor is both brutal and clever, and the acting uniformly excellent..."
Los Angeles Times - 06/30/1987
"...WITHNAIL AND I is as good to look at as it is to listen to.....A knockout directorial debut..."
Entertainment Weekly - 08/03/2001
"...Never before had the antics of two boozers been portrayed as charmingly and unapologetically as in Bruce Robinson's semiautobiographical story..."
Ultimate DVD - 10/01/2006 5 stars out of 5 -- "Robinson's classic film about two drink-sodden out of work actors going on holiday by mistake has lost none of its poignant hilarity."
Sight and Sound - 12/01/2006
"[I]t crackles with stoner wit and despairing self-indulgence, and confirms Richard E. Grant's caddish and cowardly sot Withnail as one of English film's great grotesques."
Empire - 10/01/2007 5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his remains essential cinema for newcomers, but beyond nostalgia there's plenty to come back to, like the gorgeously grotty production design."
Premiere - 08/24/2010 3 stars out of 4 - "An original and quirky comedy from the 80s with a memorable performance from Grant."
Bruce Robinson's semi-autobiographical account of his early years as an actor has become a cult hit of massive proportions, inspiring countless numbers of young men and women to quote stars Paul McGann and Richard E. Grant and their booze-soaked dialogue. The story follows these two unemployed actors in 1969 London, as they take a holiday in the country. Trapped inside a dank, empty cabin with each other, an endless downpour of heavy rain battering their roof, the two men form a complicated bond fueled by booze, disaster, and nihilism. Though not much happens in terms of plot, WITHNAIL AND I is one of the most subtly hilarious films to come out of 1980's Britain.
1.Commentary by Actors Paul McGann and Ralph Brown