History Film / WithnailAndI

15th Jan '16 2:44:00 PM mlsmithca
Is there an issue? Send a Message


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

to:

'''Officer''': GETINTHEBACKOFTHEVAN!!\\GETINTHEBACKOFTHEVAN!!
15th Jan '16 2:43:46 PM mlsmithca
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* KnowNothingKnowItAll: "A coward you are, Withnail. An expert on bulls you are not."

to:

* KnowNothingKnowItAll: KnowNothingKnowItAll:
**
"A coward you are, Withnail. An expert on bulls you are not."



'''Withnail''': Look here, my cousin's a Q.Có\\

to:

'''Withnail''': --->'''Withnail''': Look here, my cousin's a Q.Có\\
13th Jan '16 10:00:10 AM malifee
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** Withnail's general approach to any situation is to try and bluff his way out of it, which backfires on him spectacularly a few times throughout the film, most memorably in the scene with the police:
'''Withnail''': Look here, my cousin's a Q.Có\\
'''Officer''': GETINTHEBACKOFTHEVAN!!\\



* LastNoteNightmare: [[{{Leitmotif}} Withnail's Theme]] is bouncy and dramatic in a very sad way, but it ends on a thumping flat note. Considering who it's for, it's very fitting.
* LaughingMad: A very high Withnail can't stop cackling when Danny screws him over (which means he'll be getting evicted) and arrogantly says that law rather appeals to him.
* MenCantKeepHouse: Their London flat is squalid, and the kitchen is almost a biological hazard. They're scared to clean out the sink because they're pretty sure something is ''alive'' in there.
* MistakenForGay: Happens to Marwood constantly: "Perfumed ponce!", "So you're a [[FreudianSlip thesbian]] too?", "You want workin' on, boy..."

to:

* LastNoteNightmare: [[{{Leitmotif}} Withnail's Theme]] is bouncy and dramatic in a very sad way, but it ends on a thumping flat note. Considering who it's for, it's very fitting.
fitting, and, considering the original ending, in which [[spoiler: he takes a final drink before blowing his brains out]], FridgeHorror.
* LaughingMad: A very high Withnail can't stop cackling when Danny screws him over and nicks all his post (which means he'll be getting evicted) and arrogantly says that law rather appeals to him.
him. Marwood ends up laughing along, probably due to the drugs.
* MenCantKeepHouse: Their London flat is squalid, and the kitchen is almost a biological hazard. They're scared to clean out the sink because they're pretty sure something is ''alive'' in there.
there, and when they do brave it, they find some sort of grey, mushy matter.
* MistakenForGay: Happens to Marwood constantly: "Perfumed ponce!", "So you're a [[FreudianSlip thesbian]] too?", "You want workin' on, boy...""



* {{Oireland}}: The Irishman (who's given no other name) is a thoroughly unpleasant man who tries to start a fight with our protagonists because he's offended that Marwood put perfume on his shoes (to keep them from stinking from Withnail's vomit).

to:

* {{Oireland}}: The Irishman (who's given no other name) is a thoroughly unpleasant man who tries to start a fight with our protagonists because he's offended that Marwood put perfume on his shoes (to keep them from stinking from Withnail's vomit). Then again, he's a northerner, so his nationality might be in questionóbut since it's an I.R.A pub going by the graffiti outside, he's probably Irish.



* PoisonousFriend: Withnail embodies the trope with absolute relish.
* RandomEventsPlot

to:

* PoisonousFriend: Withnail embodies the trope with absolute relish.relish: he's all but dragging Marwood down with him in his spiral of alcoholism and drug addiction.
* RandomEventsPlotRandomEventsPlot: The plot of the film is effectively that two out-of-work actors go on holiday and things happen to them, eventually resulting in [[spoiler: their parting]]



* SorryOciffer: The "GETINTHEBACKOFTHEVAN!" scene.
* StonerFlick: More of a drinker flick than anything. As noted elsewhere, the only thing more notorious than the rules of the popular drinking game (match Withnail and Marwood drink for drink over the course of the film) is the fact that attempting to play the drinking game will land you in the hospital with alcohol poisoning.
* UnkemptBeauty: Marwood until the end where he has to look proper and Withnail as soon as they hit the countryside.
* [[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.

to:

* SorryOciffer: The "GETINTHEBACKOFTHEVAN!" scene.
scene: Withnail is sloshed throughout and trying to maintain his very much imperiled dignity.
* StonerFlick: More of a drinker flick than anything. As noted elsewhere, the only thing more notorious than the rules of the popular drinking game (match Withnail and Marwood drink for drink over the course of the film) is the fact that attempting to play the drinking game will land you in the hospital with alcohol poisoning.
poisoning. However, due to the film's popularity with students, many people try: generally, they fall asleep at the glass of whiskey around the half-way mark.
* UnkemptBeauty: Marwood until the end where end: he's bedraggled and long-haired, but still gorgeous. Eventually SheCleansUpNicely comes into affect when he has to look proper and proper. Withnail as soon as is this throughout, but especially when they hit the countryside.
* [[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]].
19th Dec '15 9:07:28 AM malifee
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* ClusterFBomb

to:

* ClusterFBombClusterFBomb: The entire film is one, effectively, with swear words ranging from the above to CountryMatters to right around again.
22nd Oct '15 8:18:20 PM bwburke94
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* NoNameGiven: Credited as "...& I", Marwood is named only in the screenplay. We shall never know Withnail's first name, on the other hand, leaving one to think it's something poncey like 'Sheridan'. However, [[https://twitter.com/RichardEGrant/status/315141534741831680/photo/1 this tweet]] from Richard E Grant would suggest it is 'Vyvian', which would make sense considering the person on whom the character is based, and the ponce-level of the name. There's [[{{Fanon}} a belief among fans]] that Marwood's first name is "Peter", thanks to a misheard line of dialogue in the movie that is not supported by the script. Although, during [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5fL71C9b0o this interview]] Paul McGann IS confirming that his character was called "Peter Marwood".

to:

* NoNameGiven: Credited as "...& I", Marwood is named only in the screenplay. We shall never know Withnail's first name, on the other hand, leaving one to think it's something poncey like 'Sheridan'. However, [[https://twitter.com/RichardEGrant/status/315141534741831680/photo/1 this tweet]] from Richard E Grant would suggest it is 'Vyvian', which would make sense considering the person on whom the character is based, and the ponce-level of the name. There's [[{{Fanon}} a belief among fans]] that Marwood's first name is "Peter", thanks to a misheard line of dialogue in the movie that is not supported by the script. Although, during [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l5fL71C9b0o this interview]] Paul McGann IS confirming that his character was called "Peter Marwood".[=McGann=] ''does'' more or less confirm this.
15th Oct '15 5:40:09 PM mlsmithca
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* AllThereInTheManual: The screenplay is as much a work of art as the movie is. From the stage directions for the opening sequence:
--> ''Dostoyevsky described hell as perhaps nothing more than a room with a chair in it. This room has several chairs. A young man sits in one.''

to:

* AllThereInTheManual: AllThereInTheManual:
**
The screenplay is as much a work of art as the movie is. From the stage directions for the opening sequence:
--> ---> ''Dostoyevsky described hell as perhaps nothing more than a room with a chair in it. This room has several chairs. A young man sits in one.''



27th Sep '15 9:41:03 PM liangmali
Is there an issue? Send a Message





* CreatorCameo: Bruce Robinson appears as the barman in the London pub.

to:

* CreatorCameo: Bruce Robinson appears as the barman in the London pub. Also, he is the postman who brings the telegram to Crow Crag, and possibly the poacher the boys see in the distance.
2nd Sep '15 1:40:00 PM gaimanite.pkat
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Marwood is homophobic and racist, and says he voted conservative -- he's a real product of the Sixties.
1st Jul '15 12:51:06 PM mlsmithca
Is there an issue? Send a Message


Made in 1987, ''Withnail and I'' is a semi-autobiographical classic black comedy set in the end weeks of 1969. It's written and directed by Bruce Robinson, who lived it. The film stars Creator/RichardEGrant as Withnail, a messed-up, flamboyant alcoholic, and Creator/PaulMcGann as Marwood (or "I", since he's never named in the actual film), his slightly more gentle and sensible friend. Both are perpetually unemployed (and in Withnail's case, almost entirely unemployable) actors living in squalor, who decide to get away from it all with a holiday in the countryside. They do so by way of borrowing a cottage belonging to Withnail's -- equally flamboyant -- gay Uncle Monty.

to:

Made in 1987, ''Withnail and & I'' is a semi-autobiographical classic black comedy set in the end weeks of 1969. It's written and directed by Bruce Robinson, who lived it. The film stars Creator/RichardEGrant as Withnail, a messed-up, flamboyant alcoholic, and Creator/PaulMcGann as Marwood (or "I", since he's never named in the actual film), his slightly more gentle and sensible friend. Both are perpetually unemployed (and in Withnail's case, almost entirely unemployable) actors living in squalor, who decide to get away from it all with a holiday in the countryside. They do so by way of borrowing a cottage belonging to Withnail's -- equally flamboyant -- gay Uncle Monty.



* CampGay: Uncle Monty. Withnail might also count, although his orientation is somewhat hazy

to:

* CampGay: Uncle Monty. Withnail might also count, although his orientation is somewhat hazyhazy.



* DoomedProtagonist: The movie ends with Withnail alone, in complete and utter despair, still unemployed, and on the brink of getting evicted. It's not a question of ''whether'' his self-destructive lifestyle will kill him, but a question of ''when''. (Withnail's real-life counterpart, the little-known actor Vivian [=MacKerrell=], never found success in life and died fairly young of throat cancer).

to:

* DoomedProtagonist: The movie ends with Withnail alone, in complete and utter despair, still unemployed, and on the brink of getting evicted. It's not a question of ''whether'' his self-destructive lifestyle will kill him, but a question of ''when''. (Withnail's real-life counterpart, the little-known actor Vivian [=MacKerrell=], never found success in life and died fairly young of throat cancer).cancer.)



* {{Foreshadowing}}: When they first meet with Monty, Withnail says he intends to play "The Dane" (Hamlet) one day. At the end of the play, he mournfully recites a passage from the play.

to:

* {{Foreshadowing}}: When they first meet with Monty, he remarks that he gave up his acting career when he came to the same conclusion many ultimately unsuccessful aspiring actors reach: "I will never play the Dane," referring to the title character in ''Theatre/{{Hamlet}}''. Withnail says he intends to play "The Dane" (Hamlet) one day. At the end of the play, film, he mournfully recites a passage from the play.play, having apparently also come to the sad conclusion that he will never play the role on stage.



** Uncle Monty is quite hammy as well. Presumably it's a family trait

to:

** Uncle Monty is quite hammy as well. Presumably it's a family traittrait.



* MenCantKeepHouse: Their London flat is squalid, and the kitchen is almost a biological hazard. They're scared to clean out the sink because they're pretty sure something is ''alive'' in there

to:

* MenCantKeepHouse: Their London flat is squalid, and the kitchen is almost a biological hazard. They're scared to clean out the sink because they're pretty sure something is ''alive'' in therethere.
25th Jun '15 12:24:28 PM major-kumquat
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* DoomedProtagonist: The movie ends with Withnail alone, in complete and utter despair, still unemployed, and on the brink of getting evicted. It's not a question of ''whether'' his self-destructive lifestyle will kill him, but a question of ''when''. (Withnail's real-life counterpart, the little-known actor Vivian [=MacKerrell=], died never found success in life and died fairly young of throat cancer).

to:

* DoomedProtagonist: The movie ends with Withnail alone, in complete and utter despair, still unemployed, and on the brink of getting evicted. It's not a question of ''whether'' his self-destructive lifestyle will kill him, but a question of ''when''. (Withnail's real-life counterpart, the little-known actor Vivian [=MacKerrell=], died never found success in life and died fairly young of throat cancer).
This list shows the last 10 events of 96. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Film.WithnailAndI