Withnail & I (15)

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Comedy

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Time Out says

That rare thing: an intelligent, beautifully acted, and gloriously funny British comedy. At the butt-end of the '60s, two 'resting' young thesps - Withnail (Grant, a revelation), a cadaverous upper middle class burning-out case with an acid wit and soleless shoes, and the seemingly innocent unnamed 'I' (McGann) - live on a diet of booze, pills, and fags in their cancerous Camden flat, until a cold comfort Lakeland cottage is offered for their use. For all its '60s arcana, this is no mere semi-autobiographical nostalgia trip, but an affecting and open-eyed rites-of-passage movie. Robinson's debut as writer/director (he scripted The Killing Fields) exhibits the value of the old virtues: characterisation, detail, and engagement. His characters are oddball, degenerate even, but rounded - none more so than the elephantine figure of Griffiths as Withnail's gay uncle Monty. Beautifully scripted, indecent, honest, and truthful, it's a true original.
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Release details

Rated:

15

UK release:

Fri Sep 7, 2007

Duration:

107 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Bruce Robinson

Cast:

Michael Elphick, Ralph Brown, Richard Griffiths, Paul McGann, Richard E Grant, Daragh O'Malley

Music:

Rick Wentworth, David Dundas

Production Designer:

Michael Pickwoad

Editor:

Alan Strachan

Cinematography:

Peter Hannan

Screenwriter:

Bruce Robinson

Producer:

Paul Heller

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Queen of Hoxton

1 Curtain Rd, London, EC2A 3JX Show map/details

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    Queen of Hoxton 1 Curtain Rd
    London
    EC2A 3JX

  • Venue phone:

    020 7422 0958

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    www.queenofhoxton.com

  • Opening hours:

    Open 5pm-12midnight Mon-Wed; 5pm-2am Thu-Sat; 12noon-12midnight Sun

  • Transport:

    Tube: Old St/Liverpool St; Rail: Shoreditch High St Overground

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    1. Queen of Hoxton
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  • Wed May 7:

    • 21:00

The Bussey Building/CLF Art Cafe

133, Rye Lane, London, SE15 4ST Show map/details

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    133
    The Bussey Building/CLF Art Cafe Rye Lane
    London
    SE15 4ST

  • Venue phone:

    020 7732 5275

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    www.clfartcafe.org

  • Transport:

    Rail: Peckham Rye

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  • Fri May 9:

    • 20:45

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 Chris

This film is a little master piece - very funny, well observed and raw. On my Best Films Ever list.

 Chris

This film is a little master piece - very funny, well observed and raw. On my Best Films Ever list.

ROY DRAKE

A wonderfully intelligent, funny, honest and moving film that genuinely deserves its growing cult status.

ROY DRAKE

A wonderfully intelligent, funny, honest and moving film that genuinely deserves its growing cult status.