History Film / WithnailAndI

27th Jun '17 10:01:55 PM Ezclee4050
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* ExtremelyShortTimespan: WordOfGod from Bruce Robinson says the film takes place over two or three weeks, with the bulk of the action happening during a single weekend.
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* {{Retraux}}: The film's low-key style makes it look much more like something made in 1969 than 1987, to the extent that some viewers [[NewerThanTheyThink think it really is a film]] from TheSixties.
22nd Apr '17 4:28:20 PM Anddrix
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'''Marwood''': Bloody fool! [[ComicallyMissingThePoint You should never mix your drinks!]]\\

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'''Marwood''': Bloody fool! [[ComicallyMissingThePoint You should never mix your drinks!]]\\drinks!\\



-->''[[TearJerker I have of late - but wherefore I know not - lost all my mirth, forgone all custom of exercises; and indeed it goes so heavily with my disposition that this goodly frame, the earth, seems to me a sterile promontory; this most excellent canopy, the air, look you, this brave o'erhanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted with golden fire, why, it appears no other thing to me than a foul and pestilential congregation of vapours. What a piece of work is a man! how noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! in form and moving how express and admirable! in action how like an angel! in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world! the paragon of animals! And yet to me, what is this quintessence of dust? man delights not me: no, nor woman neither.]]''\\

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-->''[[TearJerker I -->''I have of late - but wherefore I know not - lost all my mirth, forgone all custom of exercises; and indeed it goes so heavily with my disposition that this goodly frame, the earth, seems to me a sterile promontory; this most excellent canopy, the air, look you, this brave o'erhanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted with golden fire, why, it appears no other thing to me than a foul and pestilential congregation of vapours. What a piece of work is a man! how noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! in form and moving how express and admirable! in action how like an angel! in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world! the paragon of animals! And yet to me, what is this quintessence of dust? man delights not me: no, nor woman neither.]]''\\''\\
22nd Apr '17 4:22:44 PM TimeLordVictorious
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-->''I have of late - but wherefore I know not - lost all my mirth, forgone all custom of exercises; and indeed it goes so heavily with my disposition that this goodly frame, the earth, seems to me a sterile promontory; this most excellent canopy, the air, look you, this brave o'erhanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted with golden fire, why, it appears no other thing to me than a foul and pestilential congregation of vapours. What a piece of work is a man! how noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! in form and moving how express and admirable! in action how like an angel! in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world! the paragon of animals! And yet to me, what is this quintessence of dust? man delights not me: no, nor woman neither.''\\

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-->''I -->''[[TearJerker I have of late - but wherefore I know not - lost all my mirth, forgone all custom of exercises; and indeed it goes so heavily with my disposition that this goodly frame, the earth, seems to me a sterile promontory; this most excellent canopy, the air, look you, this brave o'erhanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted with golden fire, why, it appears no other thing to me than a foul and pestilential congregation of vapours. What a piece of work is a man! how noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! in form and moving how express and admirable! in action how like an angel! in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world! the paragon of animals! And yet to me, what is this quintessence of dust? man delights not me: no, nor woman neither.''\\]]''\\
22nd Apr '17 4:22:11 PM TimeLordVictorious
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-->''I have of late - but wherefore I know not - lost all my mirth, forgone all custom of exercises; and indeed it goes so heavily with my disposition that this goodly frame, the earth, seems to me a sterile promontory; this most excellent canopy, the air, look you, this brave o'erhanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted with golden fire, why, it appears no other thing to me than a foul and pestilential congregation of vapours. What a piece of work is a man! how noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! in form and moving how express and admirable! in action how like an angel! in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world! the paragon of animals! And yet to me, what is this quintessence of dust? man delights not me: no, nor woman neither.''\\
21st Apr '17 1:50:49 AM mlsmithca
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* BreadEggsMilkSquick: Withnail announces that he needs a small child so he can tutor them into the ways of righteousness.
[[ItMakesSenseInContext And procure some uncontaminated urine.]]

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* BreadEggsMilkSquick: Withnail announces that he needs a small child so he can tutor them into the ways of righteousness. \n [[ItMakesSenseInContext And procure some uncontaminated urine.]]



* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: At the end of the film, Marwood gets rid of his wild curls and becomes noticeably more clean-cut and less bohemian in appearance, to signify [[spoiler:his improved circumstances and the severing of ties with Withnail]].
** On a more mundane level, it's because he's been cast as the lead in the play ''Theatre/JourneysEnd'', which is set in the World War One trenches, and all of the leading characters of which are British Army officers, so he has to look the part.

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* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: At the end of the film, Marwood gets rid of his wild curls and becomes noticeably more clean-cut and less bohemian in appearance, to signify [[spoiler:his improved circumstances and the severing of ties with Withnail]].
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Withnail]]. On a more mundane level, it's because he's been cast as the lead in the play ''Theatre/JourneysEnd'', which is set in the World War One UsefulNotes/WorldWarI trenches, and all of the leading characters of which are British Army officers, so he has to look the part.



* ImmuneToDrugs: According to [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} the Other Wiki]], Withnail is shown drinking roughly nine and a half glasses of red wine, half a pint of cider, one shot of ''lighter fluid'' [emphasis added]..., two and a half shots of gin, six glasses of sherry, thirteen glasses of whisky and half a pint of ale" throughout the movie. And he also does pot. There's a supposed DrinkingGame where the player drinks everything Withnail drinks when he drinks it, with something else substituted for the lighter fluid. It's unlikely that anyone who has even attempted the game has actually completed it.
** In an earlier scene, he is offered a drug whose street name is "The Embalmer." His response? "Balls. I'll [[BadassBoast swallow it and run a mile]]."

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* ImmuneToDrugs: According to [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} the Other Wiki]], Withnail is shown drinking roughly nine and a half glasses of red wine, half a pint of cider, one shot of ''lighter fluid'' [emphasis added]..., two and a half shots of gin, six glasses of sherry, thirteen glasses of whisky and half a pint of ale" throughout the movie. And he also does pot. There's a supposed DrinkingGame where the player drinks everything Withnail drinks when he drinks it, with something else substituted for the lighter fluid. It's unlikely that anyone who has even attempted the game has actually completed it.
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it. In an earlier scene, he is offered a drug whose street name is "The Embalmer." His response? "Balls. I'll [[BadassBoast swallow it and run a mile]]."



-->'''Withnail:''' I'm a ''trained actor'' REDUCED to the status of a bum!

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-->'''Withnail:''' --->'''Withnail:''' I'm a ''trained actor'' REDUCED to the status of a bum!



* [[{{Luvvies}} Luvvie]]: Withnail. Posh, pompous, boastful and eccentric - basically every stereotype associated with British theatre actors rolled into one person.

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* [[{{Luvvies}} Luvvie]]: {{Luvvies}}: Withnail. Posh, pompous, boastful and eccentric - basically every stereotype associated with British theatre actors rolled into one person.



* [[WhenSheSmiles When He Smiles]]: Subverted with Marwood, who has a very sweet smile, but he deploys it mainly when he's nervous, which ruins the effect slightly. Withnail smiles only a few times throughout the film, and only when he's panicking, trying to charm someone into giving him something or, when [[spoiler: Marwood gets his job]], [[spoiler: heartbroken]].

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* [[WhenSheSmiles When He Smiles]]: Subverted WhenSheSmiles: Male version, subverted with Marwood, who has a very sweet smile, but he deploys it mainly when he's nervous, which ruins the effect slightly. Withnail smiles only a few times throughout the film, and only when he's panicking, trying to charm someone into giving him something or, when [[spoiler: Marwood gets his job]], [[spoiler: heartbroken]].



* YouWouldntHitAGuyWithGlasses:

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* YouWouldntHitAGuyWithGlasses: Withnail unsuccessfully tries this approach on the Irishman who is threatening to beat him and Marwood bloody.
18th Apr '17 5:31:07 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* AbhorrentAdmirer: Monty to Marwood.

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* AbhorrentAdmirer: Monty to Marwood.Monty's amorous intentions towards Marwood are entirely unwanted on Marwood's part.



* TheAlcoholic: Both protagonists are booze-addled layabouts, although Withnail's the one who stoops so low as to drink lighter fluid.



* AmbiguouslyGay: Withnail admits to being carried away lying that Marwood was in love with him, but then he looks he's going to cry when he says "man delights not me, no, nor women neither" at the end. Paul [=McGann=] claims that Creator/RichardEGrant actually did have tears in his eyes during the [[spoiler: goodbye scene]]. There's also plenty of HoYay going on between him and Marwood, and his family apparently hate his stage career, which could have less to do with wanting him to take a more reputable career and more to do with the association between "inversion" and actors in the U.K at the time. He's also strangely chummy with Monty, who's implied to be the black sheep of the family, which would suggest something of an understanding between them.



* AudienceSurrogate: Bruce Robinson used this trope so literally that Marwood doesn't even get a ''name'', allowing the audience to more easily identify with his misfortunes.



* BathroomStallGraffiti: "I fuck arses."

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* BadassBoast: Withnail is incredibly skilled at giving these.
-->There's nothing invented I couldn't take.
* BathOfPoverty: The duo talk casually, while Marwood is bathing and attempting to shave in a tiny, stained and cracked bathtub in the middle of the floor. In addition to being a horrible and nonfunctional piece of bathroom furniture, it establishes that they don't even own a bathroom.
* BathroomStallGraffiti: Marwood sees some graffiti in a bathroom stall which reads, "I fuck arses."arses", This, combined with his encounter with a man who called him a ponce, causes him to be so scared that, as his voiceover tells us, he can't even pee straight.



* BlackSheep: Withnail curries no favours with his family, who disdain his choice of profession (and his frankly appalling lifestyle).
-->'''Withnail''': I dislike relatives in general and in particular mine.
-->'''Marwood''': Why?
-->'''Withnail''': I've told you why. We're incompatible. They don't like me being on stage.



* BreadEggsMilkSquick: Withnail announces that he needs a small child so he can tutor them into the ways of righteousness. [[ItMakesSenseInContext And procure some uncontaminated urine.]]

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* BreadEggsMilkSquick: Withnail announces that he needs a small child so he can tutor them into the ways of righteousness.
[[ItMakesSenseInContext And procure some uncontaminated urine.]]]]
* BreakTheHaughty: For all Withnail's high opinion of himself and his talents, in the end he is forced to face the fact that he'll never make it big.
* BromanticComedy: Creator/RogerEbert once described the film as 'a Bromance going horribly wrong'.



* ByronicHero: Withnail. Artistic, tormented, misunderstood by society.



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* CityMouseCityMouse: The duo are completely unsuited to country life, as they soon find out.



* CloudCuckooLander: Danny.
-->I don't advise a hair cut man. All hairdressers are in the employment of the government. Hair are your aerials. They pick up signals from the cosmos and transmit them directly into the brain. This is the reason bold-headed men are uptight.
* CloudCuckooLandersMinder: A large chunk of Marwood's life involves getting himself and Withnail out of whatever trouble the latter's landed them in.



* ContemplatingYourHands: Marwood: "My thumbs have gone weird! I'm in the middle of a fucking overdose!"



* DeathGlare: Marwood's preferred method of dealing with Withnail's bouts of pigheadedness; one can assume he's had a lot of time to practice.



* DespairSpeech: Withnail mournfully recites a passage from ''Literature/{{Hamlet}}'' at the end of the film upon parting ways with his only friend and realizing his ambitions will never come to fruition.



* DoesNotLikeShoes: Danny walks around barefoot, in keeping with his general hippie vibe.



* DoubleStandardRapeMaleOnMale: Played for laughs, though for very {{Squick}}y ones. It's certainly supposed to be hilarious when Marwood gets out of the situation by telling Monty that Withnail is his lover, and that he couldn't stand the thought of being made to be unfaithful to him. Also, his reaction to the "I fuck arses" [[BathroomStallGraffiti graffiti]] plays with this trope.
-->'''Uncle Monty:''' I mean to have you [[CrowningMomentOfFunny even if it must be burglary!]]



* DumbassHasAPoint: When Withnail observes that he and Marwood are on a downward spiral, Marwood even says (in voiceover), "Even a stopped clock is right twice a day."



* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: At the end of the film, Marwood gets rid of his wild curls and becomes noticeably more clean-cut and less bohemian in appearance, to signify [[spoiler:his improved circumstances and the severing of ties with Withnail]].
** On a more mundane level, it's because he's been cast as the lead in the play ''Theatre/JourneysEnd'', which is set in the World War One trenches, and all of the leading characters of which are British Army officers, so he has to look the part.



* GratuitousFrench: Monty peppers his speech with French words and quotes.



* GreasySpoon: Marwood finds himself in a particularly gritty and British one near the start of the film. In the script it is referred to as "Wanker's Cafe."
* TheHedonist: One of the qualities at the core of Withnail's personality.
-->'''Monty''': You're incapable of indulging in anything but pleasure, am I not right?



* IHaveAFamily: In a last, desperate attempt by Withnail to avoid a beating after he had run afoul of an Irishman, he says, "My wife's having a baby".
* INeedAFreakingDrink: Withnail's response to virtually any situation is to get absolutely sloshed.



* ImmuneToDrugs: According to [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} the Other Wiki]], Withnail is shown drinking roughly nine and a half glasses of red wine, half a pint of cider, one shot of ''lighter fluid'' [emphasis added]..., two and a half shots of gin, six glasses of sherry, thirteen glasses of whisky and half a pint of ale" throughout the movie. And he also does pot. There's a supposed DrinkingGame where the player drinks everything Withnail drinks when he drinks it, with something else substituted for the lighter fluid. It's unlikely that anyone who has even attempted the game has actually completed it.
** In an earlier scene, he is offered a drug whose street name is "The Embalmer." His response? "Balls. I'll [[BadassBoast swallow it and run a mile]]."
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold:
** For most of the movie, Withnail's all too willing to throw Marwood to the wolves for personal gain, but his attempt to "make time" when driving to London is a genuine show of friendship on his part. And when Marwood gets a big role, he manages to muster up a teary-smiled "congratulations", although he's almost certainly very displeased about it. He does show some concern for Marwood after basically betraying him to his uncle, and tries to get him to stay.
** Jake the poacher probably counts as this, since after his argument with Withnail he does end up bringing them a hare to eat.



* LastNameBasis: Everyone calls Withnail by his last name.



* LennonSpecs: Marwood dons a pair en route to the cottage.
* [[{{Luvvies}} Luvvie]]: Withnail. Posh, pompous, boastful and eccentric - basically every stereotype associated with British theatre actors rolled into one person.



* MessyHair: Withnail sports a mane of uncombed, uncut and oftentimes unwashed hair.



* MockMillionaire: "We want the finest wines available to humanity. We want them here and we want them now!" [[BlatantLies "We are not drunks, we're multi-millionaires"]]. One of the least convincing examples of this trope.



* MotorMouth: GETINTHEBACKOFTHEVAN!!
* MostWritersAreWriters: Marwood keeps a journal filled with various thoughts on his and Withnail's situation in life, which provides the narration.



* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Monty is a thinly-veiled Creator/FrancoZeffirelli.

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* NameAndName
* NearRapeExperience: Uncle Monty is about to force himself on Marwood, before he lies and claims to be in a secret relationship with Withnail, which causes Monty to have a sudden attack of conscience.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Monty is a thinly-veiled Creator/FrancoZeffirelli.Creator/FrancoZeffirelli, albeit fat and not Italian. According to some people involved with the film, some of his dialogue in the bedroom scene is taken word-for-word from some of Zeffirelli's chat-up lines, which the director had to endure while playing Benvolio in his film version of ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet''.



* OnlyOneName: Withnail.
* OnlySaneMan: Marwood, certainly when compared to Withnail, Monty and Danny. He's not immune to indulging his vices and isn't exactly much better equipped to survive in the country than Withnail is, but overall he's far more reasonable, calm and blessed with more common sense.



* PassiveAggressiveKombat: Marwood's very skilled at the art of diplomatic putdowns.
* PoliticallyIncorrectHero: Marwood is racist ("There's a giant spade in the bath") and homophobic - a real product of the 1960's.
* PerpetualPoverty: Withnail is even worse-off than Marwood, who at least has enough money on him to loan it to Withnail when needed. This is despite his very posh background, which gives a suggestion of him having been disowned due to his attempt at an acting career.
* ThePigPen: The Camden flat is dingy and squalid - the kitchen area, in particular, is an absolute atrocity.



* PrettyBoy: The two leads look like they've have been battered and malnourished for far too long, but still… Marwood has the same looks he later had for the Eighth Doctor and Withnail is pouty-mouthed, has big blue eyes and his hair goes fluffy when they hit the countryside. The battered factor even adds to the appeal.
* RaisedCatholic: Marwood wears a medallion of the Virgin around his neck.



* SoBeautifulItsACurse: Poor Marwood.

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* SmallNameBigEgo: Withnail believes himself to be a great actor despite having done virtually no work in the field. His final scene, however, in which he delivers a word-perfect Hamlet soliloquy with spot-on characterisation and emotion, may prove him right.
* SmartPeopleKnowLatin: Withnail and Monty engage in some prep-school Latin badinage at the less highly educated Marwood's expense.
* SoBeautifulItsACurse: Poor Marwood.Marwood garners unwanted attentions from Uncle Monty thanks to his extraordinary good looks..



* SorryOciffer: The "GETINTHEBACKOFTHEVAN!" scene: Withnail is sloshed throughout and trying to maintain his very much imperiled dignity.

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* SorryOciffer: The "GETINTHEBACKOFTHEVAN!" scene: Withnail is sloshed throughout and trying to maintain his very much imperiled dignity.imperilled dignity.
* SpeechImpediment: In common with a good many Londoners, Danny has rhotacism, an inability to pronounce the letter 'r'. In his case it's extreme and sometimes extends to the letter 'l'.
-->'''Danny''': The joint I am about to woll wequires a cwaftsman, and can utilise up to twewve skins. It is cawwed a Camberweww Cawwot.
-->'''Marwood''': It's impossible to use twelve papers on one joint.
-->'''Danny''': It's impossibwe to make a Camberweww Cawwot with anything less.
* StarvingArtist: The protagonists are out-of-work actors with barely a penny to their name.


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* StraightMan: Marwood plays a pitch-perfect straight man to Withnail, grounding his manic performance in a solid emotional reality; the film wouldn't work nearly as well as it does without him.
* SympathyForTheDevil: Marwood has some [[PoliticallyIncorrectHero typically intolerant attitudes towards homosexuality for the time]] and certainly is entitled to feel some grievances towards Monty having "narrowly escaped a buggering" that was decidedly unwanted. But he does feel some sympathy for Monty after reading his bittersweet farewell letter.


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* ThrowTheDogABone: The farmer is nearly the only person in the countryside who's nice to the protagonists, bringing them wood and food.
* ToxicFriendInfluence: Withnail is hedonistic and self-destructive - and dragging Marwood along for the ride.


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* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: Withnail - hedonistic, cowardly, and somewhat lacking in both common sense and empathy departments.
* UpperClassTwit: It's made very clear that Withnail comes from an upper-class family (e.g. he went to Harrow), and his common sense and work ethic are both inferior to Marwood's (who was born into the working class).
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Marwood spends roughly half of the movie clad only in his underwear.


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* WorkingClassHero: Unlike Withnail, Marwood wasn't born into money, which may be partially responsible for his better work ethic and common sense.
6th Oct '16 1:38:36 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* TakeThat: Bruce Robinson alleges Creator/FrancoZeffirelli pursued him at one time. During an early scene in the film, Withnail reads a newspaper headline of "Boy Lands Plum Role For Top Italian Director," and goes on to suggest the reason the actor has the part is the director's amorous interest in him.
15th Jan '16 2:44:00 PM mlsmithca
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'''Officer''': GETINTHEBACKOFTHEVAN!!\\

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'''Officer''': GETINTHEBACKOFTHEVAN!!\\GETINTHEBACKOFTHEVAN!!
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