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An homage to all the drinks consumed during the running time of Withnail & I.

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Cast overview:
Bruce Robinson ... Himself
David Dundas David Dundas ... Himself
Michael Feast ... Himself
Richard E. Grant ... Himself
Vivian MacKerrell Vivian MacKerrell ... Himself (archive footage)
Paul McGann ... Himself
Ralph Brown ... Himself
Tom Shone Tom Shone ... Himself
Mary Selway Mary Selway ... Herself
Adam Buxton ... Himself (as Adam)
Joe Cornish ... Himself (as Joe)
James Brown ... Himself
Paul M. Heller Paul M. Heller ... Himself (as Paul Heller)
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1999 (UK) See more »

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Bruce Robinson: [describing his old friend Vivian MacKerrell who was the main basis for Withnail] He had this pomposity of the thespian. He was a very smart guy, very bright, but he was sad too because he was a jack of all and master of none. He always used to say to me "If I wrote I'd write a fuck's sight better than you ever would" or "If I painted I'd paint a fuck's sight better than you ever would" or "If I was a photographer I'd be a better photographer than Bailey." But the fact is he never did anything, ...
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Insightful
20 August 2005 | by tedgSee all my reviews

Withnail is a terrific film, at root an excuse for actors to act as actors.

This adds another level, where we see those actors — now much older — as actors. The added depth is effective.

DVD extras are generally pretty bad, and often they damage a film. Why would someone assume that an actor knows much about a film? Why would someone assume that a director is articulate and honest enough to extend what he made?

But this works. It is a DVD extra wit "Withnal and I," though originally made for TeeVee.

What is so great is seeing how actorly these actors are, how much they are like Withnail minus the theatrics. This director also wrote "In Dreams," which is an under-appreciated, ambitious project, and "Killing Fields" which is probably overappreciated.

If you see "I," I very much recommend seeing "Us."

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.


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