Swinging London Is Dead: Withnail & I

The 1987 British dark comedy “Withnail & I” is one of the great cult films of all time and in Great Britain it is as well loved (and quoted) as The Big Lebowski is here in the U.S. The film is about two down on their luck unemployed actors in London at the tail end of 1969 – the acerbic and cynical Withnail (Richard E. Grant) and the neurotic Marwood (Paul McGann) – who live in drug & booze fueled squalor. They decide to take a trip out to the country cottage of Withnail’s uncle and things don’t go well for our two protagonists. Richard E. Grant gives one of the great performances of the 80s as Withnail. Written and directed by Bruce Robinson and produced by George Harrison’s Handmade Films it is an unsparing look at the death of the 60s. Highly recommended.

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