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Year
1987
Runtime
107 min.
Director
Bruce Robinson
Genres
Drama, Comedy
Rating *
7.8
Votes *
28,544
Checks
8,872
Favs
997
Dislikes
90
Favs/checks
11.2% (1:9)
Favs/dislikes
11:1
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  1. goatboy's avatar

    goatboy

    We've gone on holiday by mistake. 11 years 12 months ago
  2. beeswax's avatar

    beeswax

    As a youth I used to weep in butcher shops. 12 years 1 month ago
  3. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    You get two interregnum Doctors for the price of one in Withnail and I - Paul McGann and Richard E. Grant - a somewhat meandering fiction based on the author's diary from his days as a struggling actor in late 60s England. If the Doctor Who angle interests you, the two leads are really playing to type. McGann is a manic soul, seeing monsters under ever dirty dish, a nervous, neurotic poet. Grant is his callous, self-serving, vain, venal room mate, a real misery. Both are powerful presences and if the plot, which eventually takes them on a road trip to the country ("a holiday by accident") where they can be even more miserable, is thin, the acting is not. I have to say I care much less when they're NOT on that trip, though. Among the other eccentrics in the film, Richard Griffiths has the largest and most important role, as Withnail's gay uncle whose advances McGann's character must fight off. Though the latter protests that he is not gay, there's still a certain sexual ambivalence exuding from the film that makes the central relationship ambiguous, and that's interesting. I'm also enamored of the many Hamlet references because Hamletesque inaction is certainly part of the film's themes, and the two characters are more like two facets of the Dane than the Rosencrantz and Guildenstern comic double act. And yet, they're that too. Deeper than it at first seems. 5 years 6 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #15 in Time Out's The 100 Best British Films
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  3. This movie ranks #29 in BFI's Top 100 British Films
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  4. This movie ranks #40 in iCheckMovies's 1980s Top 100
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  5. This movie ranks #106 in BFI's 100 Cult Films
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  6. This movie ranks #118 in Empire's The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time
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  7. This movie ranks #140 in The Criterion Collection
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  8. This movie ranks #345 in Roger Ebert's Great Movies
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  9. This movie ranks #369 in Jennifer Eiss's 500 Essential Cult Movies
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  10. This movie ranks #489 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
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  12. This movie ranks #773 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
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