- Rated: Unrated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 47 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: February 1, 2011
- Originally Released: 1988
- Label: Image Entertainment
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.78
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"You shouldn't mix your drinks"
- 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.
Black Comedy |
Essential Cinema |
Gay / Lesbian |
- Feature film directorial debut for actor/writer Bruce Robinson, born May 2, 1946 Broadstairs, Kent.
- Film debut for British actor Paul McGann, born in Liverpool, England.
- Shot in Technicolor, using Dolby noise reduction.
- Filmed in London, England. Rated BBFC 15 by the British Board of Film Censors.
- Began shooting July 14, 1986, completed August 22, 1987.
- Produced in association with Lawrence Kirstein. Copyright 1988 Heron Communications, Inc.
- Additional credits: Sally Jones (script supervisor); Murray Close (still photographer); and Damson Studios (Titles). Special production consultant was Richard Starkey (better known as Ringo Starr).