The narrative is told in the first person by the character played by Paul McGann , named just once in passing in the film see below as Marwood, and only credited as "I". Early in the film, Withnail reads from an article headlined "Boy Lands Plum Role For Top Italian Director" and then goes on to imply that the director is sexually abusing the boy. This is a reference to the sexual harassment that Robinson alleges he suffered at the hands of Italian director Franco Zeffirelli when, as a young man, he won the role of Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet.
The end of the novel saw Withnail committing suicide by pouring a bottle of wine into the barrel of Monty's gun and then pulling the trigger as he drank from it. Robinson changed the ending, as he believed it was "too dark.
According to Danny's speech at the end of the film, 'we are 91 days from the end of the greatest decade in the history of the world It is not known if Robinson intended any significance by including such a specific date. Denis O'Brien , who oversaw the filming on behalf of HandMade Films, nearly shut the film down three days into the shoot.
He thought that the film had no "discernible jokes" and was badly lit. He was never reimbursed his money after the film's success. Paul McGann was Robinson's first choice for "I", but he was fired during rehearsals because Robinson decided McGann's Liverpool accent was wrong for the character.
Several other actors read for the role, but McGann eventually persuaded Robinson to re-audition him, promising to affect a Home Counties accent. He quickly won back the part. Grant that "half of you has got to go", and put him on a diet to play the part   although Grant denies this in the documentary "Withnail and Us". The role of Withnail was Grant's first in film and launched him into a successful career. Though playing a raging alcoholic, Grant himself is a teetotaller with a health condition preventing him from properly processing alcohol.
He had therefore never been drunk prior to making the film. Robinson decided that it would be impossible for Grant to play the character without having ever experienced inebriation and a hangover, and thus "forced" the actor on a drinking binge. Grant has stated that he was "violently sick" after each drink, and found the experience as a whole deeply unpleasant. During the filming of the scene in which the lighter fluid is consumed, Robinson changed the contents of the can, which had been filled with water, to vinegar.
While the vomiting is scripted, the facial expression is totally natural. The film was not shot entirely on location. There was no filming in the real Penrith , the locations used were in and around nearby Shap and Bampton. Sleddale Hall was offered for sale in January ;  a trust has been created by fans who wish collectively to purchase the building for its preservation as a piece of British film history.
It was bought by Sebastian Hindley, who owns the Mardale Inn in the nearby village of Bampton, which did not feature in the film. Hindley was unable to raise the necessary finances and in August the property was resold for an undisclosed sum to Tim Ellis, an architect from Kent, whose original bid failed at the auction.
The bridge where Withnail and Marwood go fishing is located at the bottom of the hill below Sleddale Hall, a quarter of a mile away. The telephone box where Withnail calls his agent is beside the main road in Bampton. Template:Citation needed. Although exterior and ground floor interior shots of Crow Crag were shot at Sleddale Hall, Stockers Farm in Rickmansworth was used for the bedroom and stair scenes. Stockers Farm was also the location for the "Crow and Crown" pub.
For some time after the film, it was officially called "The Mother Black Cap". It has since been demolished. The shot of them leaving for Penrith as they turn left from the building being demolished was shot on Freston Road, W The cafe where Marwood has breakfast at the beginning of the film is located at the corner of Ladbroke Grove and Lancaster Road.
The scene where Withnail and Marwood are ordered to "get in the back of the van" was filmed on the flyover near John Aird Court, Paddington. The final scene was shot in Regent's Park. Although the first name of 'I' is not stated anywhere in the film, it is widely believed that it is 'Peter'. This myth arose as a result of a line of misheard dialogue. In his reply, Monty both accepts his offer and says " While pouring another drink, and downing his own, Withnail replies that he has been "Rather busy uncle.
TV and stuff". Then pointing at Marwood he says "He's just had an audition for rep". Some fans hear this line as " Peter' s had an audition for rep", although the original shooting script and all commercially published versions of the script read "he's". The "I" character's name is given as 'Marwood' in the original screenplay. It has been suggested that it is possible that 'Marwood' can be heard near the beginning of the film: As the characters escape from the Irishman in the Mother Black Cap, Withnail shouts "Get out of my way!
Some hear this line as "Out of the way, Marwood! There is, however, one occasion in the film where the name 'Marwood' is given, though not stated. Toward the end of the film a telegram arrives at Crow Crag and as Withnail reads the note, the name 'Marwood' appears to be visible, upside-down, on the envelope. In the end credits and most media relating to the film, McGann's character is referenced solely as " In a poll of actors, directors, writers, producers and critics for Time Out magazine saw it ranked the 15th best British film ever.
Grant as Withnail, was voted the third favourite film one-liner in a poll of 1, film fans. DVD and VHS sales have been quite strong throughout the years, and the film has gained cult status with a number of websites dedicated to the film itself. In , readers of Total Film voted Withnail and I the third greatest comedy film of all time. In the same magazine named it the 13th greatest British film of all time. In critic Roger Ebert added the film to his "Great Movies" list, describing Grant's performance as a "tour de force" and Withnail as "one of the iconic figures in modern films.
In a digitally remastered version of the film was released by the UK Film Council. There is a drinking game associated with the film. In , filmmaker David Fincher attempted to create an unofficial reunion of sorts, when he tried casting all three of the film's main characters in Alien 3. McGann and Brown appear, however Richard E. Grant turned down his role.
It eventually went to Charles Dance , who played the character of Clemens in the "spirit of Withnail". In , McGann said that he sometimes meets viewers who believe the film was actually shot in the s, saying "It comes from the mids, but it sticks out like a Smiths record. Its provenance is from a different era. None of the production values, none of the iconography, none of the style remotely has it down as an 80s picture.
The song, which was written and sung by George Harrison, was able to be included in the soundtrack due to Harrison's involvement in the film as one of the producers. There is a misconception among some fans of the film that King Curtis was murdered on the night his live performance of " A Whiter Shade of Pale " was recorded. Curtis was stabbed to death in August , some five months after the recording was made in March The recording comes from Curtis's album Live at Fillmore West.
Paul John McGann is an English actor. He came to prominence for portraying Percy Toplis in the television serial The Monocled Mutineer , then starred in the dark comedy Withnail and I , and later became more widely known for portraying the eighth incarnation of the Doctor in the Doctor Who television film.
He is also known for playing Lieutenant William Bush in the series Hornblower. Richard E. Grant is a Swazi-English actor. Bruce Robinson is an English director, screenwriter, novelist and actor. He wrote and directed the cult classic Withnail and I , a film with comic and tragic elements set in London in the s, which drew on his experiences as a struggling actor, living in poverty in Camden Town.
Margaux is a former commune in the Gironde department in Nouvelle-Aquitaine in southwestern France. On 1 January , it was merged into the new commune Margaux-Cantenac. The "I" character is naturally based on himself and another friend, Michael Feast , while the character of Withnail was based on the late Vivian MacKerrell.
Vivian was an eccentric actor with little or no ambition - he was also a great friend of Bruce Robinson. Together with some other friends, the pair lived a very similar existence to the film characters in a townhouse in Camden Town, London, during the 's. Bruce Robinson played the role of Benvolio in Zeffirelli's film, Romeo and Juliet and had to avoid the constant sexual advances of the director.
Robinson even used some of their dialogue in his screenplay. This film is without doubt one of the most quotable films ever made. Just about every scene of the film delivers passages of dialogue which are cherished by fans the world over. Performances are uniformly excellent, with Richard E.
Grant in his feature debut and Richard Griffiths both shining through in their roles. Withnail Richard E. This cold and depressing environment brings with it constant anxiety and a continuous search for booze to ease the pain. The pair decide to escape the gloomy London weather and spend a weekend in the country. Withnail's Uncle Monty Richard Griffiths kindly agrees for them to spend the weekend at his cottage in the Lake District town of Penrith. Uncle Monty is a very dapper, wealthy and eccentric English gentleman - he is also an amorous homosexual.
The weekend goes from bad to worse, as the foul weather follows them and intensifies. On arrival, Withnail and Marwood discover that the cottage has no food, heating or electricity. They also soon discover that some of the locals aren't too accommodating with offers of assistance. In the local tavern, Withnail has an altercation with a poacher and believes the man will return to their cottage later for violent retribution.
Later that night, a petrified Withnail and Marwood cower in the same bed as they interpret the noises in the dark to be that of the rampaging poacher. He is also not at all distracted by the sight of them together in the same bed.
There is a drinking game associated with the film. In , filmmaker David Fincher attempted to create an unofficial reunion of sorts, when he tried casting all three of the film's main characters in Alien 3.
McGann and Brown appear, however Richard E. Grant turned down his role. It eventually went to Charles Dance , who played the character of Clemens in the "spirit of Withnail". In , McGann said that he sometimes meets viewers who believe the film was actually shot in the s, saying "It comes from the mids, but it sticks out like a Smiths record.
Its provenance is from a different era. None of the production values, none of the iconography, none of the style remotely has it down as an 80s picture. The song, which was written and sung by George Harrison, was able to be included in the soundtrack due to Harrison's involvement in the film as one of the producers.
There is a misconception among some fans of the film that King Curtis was murdered on the night his live performance of " A Whiter Shade of Pale " was recorded. Curtis was stabbed to death in August , some five months after the recording was made in March The recording comes from Curtis's album Live at Fillmore West.
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Bloomsbury Publishing. Time Out. Archived from the original on 20 February Retrieved 10 May Retrieved 20 April Grant, , pp. BBC News. Retrieved 31 January The Guardian. Retrieved 25 August Anchor Bay, The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 25 October The Observer. Retrieved 31 AugustWithnail & I CD Soundtrack. The Withnail and I soundtrack is now discontinued and notoriously hard to track down. The original music was composed by David Dundas and Rick Wentworth and it is one of the only soundtracks ever to feature an original Beatles song.