Endlessly quotable and unequivocally British, Withnail & I expertly captures the freewheeling spirit of the late sixties in a country struggling with identity and purpose. Timely? Us?
Recent Oscar-nominee Richard E. Grant gives the performance that defined his career as the privileged but vulgar Withnail, the struggling actor who embarks on a booze-filled getaway to the Lake District with his friend Marwood (Paul McGann). The dark humour flows as freely as the wine in this enduring cult classic.
The impact of Withnail & I on larger culture cannot be underestimated with the comedy and pathos of the script coming together to create a wonderfully nihilistic and chaotic reverie for the ages. More dedicated fans of the film have even invented a drinking game in which they try to keep up with Withnail throughout the film’s running time.