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Link to watch "Withnail and I" (1986)

 
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 22, 2009 1:23 am    Post subject: Link to watch "Withnail and I" (1986) Reply with quote

Withnail and I (1986)

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 22, 2009 11:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I now own a "We've gone on holidays by mistake" T shirt Wink
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 23, 2009 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ooh, I have one of those. No one yet has recognised it when I've worn it out and about, but I look forward to when someone does.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 23, 2009 9:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mikoto wrote:
Ooh, I have one of those. No one yet has recognised it when I've worn it out and about, but I look forward to when someone does.


Will you wear it at CT2009?

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2009 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sure!
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 29, 2009 6:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's another article singing the praise of Withnail & I, which has deemed "No. 2 - The best British films 1984-2009" according to guardian.co.uk/The Observer:

Withnail & I
Sunday 30 August 2009


Withnail and I. Photograph: Ronald Grant Archive

Few people who have attended university in Britain since 1987 can hear "I've only had a few ales", or "I invented it in Camberwell, and it looks like a carrot", and fail to think of two dishevelled, out-of-work London actors and their disastrous attempt at recuperation in the English countryside at the bitter end of the 1960s.

It wasn't a success when it was first released in 1987, but Withnail and I, with its filthy bedsits, improvisational drinking techniques and endlessly quotable dialogue, quickly became a student favourite and is now recognised as one of the finest British comedies.

Many of the events and characters in Bruce Robinson's screenplay were drawn from his own experiences, and the unsavoury Withnail - imperious, fast-talking, cowardly, and as self-centred as he is self-destructive - was a conflation of Robinson and his friend Vivian MacKerrell. Richard E Grant is perfect as Withnail and Richard Griffiths no less so as his sexually imposing uncle Monty. The "I" in the title refers to Withnail's reluctant partner in crime and the object of Monty's lustful attentions, beautifully played by Paul McGann.

"Withnail and I is like an incredibly fine wine: it just keeps getting better and better," recalls Griffiths on hearing of its runner-up spot. "It was Bruce Robinson's first directing job, and he's the only movie director I've known who approached the whole business with diffidence and would say to you: 'How do you think this scene should go?' He spent seven years refining that script, and during the shoot there were no changes whatsoever to it, and just one addition, and I love the film's scurrilous nature.

"We all had this swelling feeling that we were working on something seditiously wonderful, and at the end of it we were swollen with not very secret pride at this project that we'd pulled off in a very short time for no money at all. Then it came out and it was like being hit in your face by the biggest pie. It was damned with faint praise at the time. I remember calling Bruce and saying: 'They didn't get it, Bruce.'

"It almost vanished. But then it trickled back on the student circuit. Ever since, people have been coming up to me and spouting the dialogue and are desperate for me to write things like, 'You terrible cunt.' I oblige and they say: 'Oh, brilliant, thanks a lot', and stagger off suffused with pleasure."

Withnail & I; Bruce Robinson (1987)
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 29, 2009 10:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And a link to some Murray Close photos: http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/gallery/2009/apr/02/withnail-and-i-behind-the-scenes?picture=345423603&morepage
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