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Withnail & I () Quotes on IMDb: Memorable quotes and exchanges from movies, TV series and more Uncle Monty: Forgive me, it was inconsiderate of me not to have telegrammed. Withnail: WHAT . There is, you'll agree, a certain ' je ne sais quoi' oh so very special about a firm, young carrot. . I've never met him. Remote farmhouse featured in cult film Withnail and I for sale in the country at Withnail's "Uncle Monty's cottage" with hilarious consequences. Corporation in the s as part of the land required to meet Manchester's. Withnail emerges from his room holding a bottle and glass and follows him. . Uncle Monty? . There is you'll agree a certain je ne ses quoi oh so very special about a firm young .. I hears the tractor once again and goes out to meet Parkin.
But it is furthermore a treatise on friendship, a meditation on the agonies of adulthood and a eulogy for the death of the hippy dream. Withnail and I has a funny bone but also a raw ache at its centre, which is perhaps why it continues to speak to audiences.
Here are 10 reasons Robinson's shoestring curio has a claim to the title of greatest British comedy of all time. Christopher jones Director Robinson began the first day of filming by announcing he didn't have the faintest idea what he was getting into. He was working from his own screenplay, loosely based on his experiences as an underemployed thesp in Camden 20 years previously.
Yet everything else was a plunge into the unknown for the first-timer. Within hours of his heartfelt address to cast and crew, things were already unraveling, with Robinson clashing publicly with producer Denis O'Brien. It's a comedy that doesn't have any jokes or punchlines," recalled Richard E Grant of the early stand-off between director and producer. And subsequent to that I've always lost because I know the rules," Robinson told Premiere magazine in Grant put himself in jeopardy to make his portrayal more realistic.
The boozy Withnail spends most of his screen time quaffing, chugging and glugging his way through suicidal quantities of booze.
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Keen for his leading man to have a "chemical memory" upon which to draw, Robinson encouraged him to down a bottle of champagne and several vodkas. This did the trick rather too effectively as Grant promptly spewed up the contents of his stomach - a tableaux the actor likened to "a Persian rug" and which Robinson felt obliged to scrub away.
The director would have his revenge, however. For the scene in which Withnail drinks lighter-fluid, Robinson switched the contents of the can from water to vinegar. The horror flashing across Grant's face was genuine. Swearing is hard to get right in comedy, but Grant makes Robinson's potty-mouthed script sing. As Marwood and Withnail mooch about their flat, Robinson incuts several shots of wrecking balls in action. Beneath the slapstick, the director was making a serious point about the curdling of Sixties idealism into cynicism and avarice.
Adding to the poignancy many of the landmarks in the film — most prominently Mother Black Cap, aka the Tavistock Arms in Westbourne Green — have since been demolished to make way for upscale redevelopments.
As with Grant's character, MacKerrell had pretensions of conquering the world even as he sank into a tragic rut. He was, observed Robinson, a "Jack of all but a master of none".
Withnail blows his brains out in Robinson's original unpublished novel. The ending is less bleak in the film, with Grant instead swigging wine and quoting Shakespeare as Marwood leaves for an acting job in Manchester. Makes no difference so long as you keep taking the pills. But sooner or later you've got to get out because it's crashing. Then all at once those frozen hours melt out through the nervous system and seep out the pores. Headhunter to his friends. He doesn't have any friends.
The only people he converses with are his clients, and occasionally the police. The purveyor of rare herbs and proscribed chemicals is back. Will we never be set free? Voice-over I could hardly piss straight with fear. What had I done to offend him? I don't consciously offend big men like this. And this one has a definite imbalance of hormone in him. Get any more masculine than him and you'd have to live up a tree. Maybe he fucks arses! Maybe he's written this in some moment of drunken sincerity!
I'm in considerable danger here, I must get out of here at once. Best kill it quick before it tries to make friends with us. I'm not from London, you know. Stop saying that, Withnail, of course he's the fucking farmer! A coward you are, Withnail! An expert on bulls you are not! We are not drunks, we are multi-millionaires! You're full of Scotch, you silly tool! Why have you drugged their onions?! My thumbs have gone weird!
I'm in the middle of a bloody overdose!
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My heart's beating like a fucked clock! I feel dreadful, I feel really dreadful. Uncle Monty[ edit ] It is the most shattering experience of a young man's life when one morning he awakes and quite reasonably says to himself, "I will never play the Dane. It's trying to get itself in with you. Trying for even more advantage. It's obsessed with its gut.
It's like a bloody rugby ball now, it will die, it will die! I think the carrot infinitely more fascinating than the geranium. The carrot has mystery. Flowers are essentially tarts. Prostitutes for the bees. There is a certain je ne sais quoi - oh, so very special - about a firm, young carrot I mean to have you, even if it must be burglary! Oh my boys, my boys, we are at the end of an age! We live in a land of weather forecasts and breakfasts that set in, shat on by Tories, shovelled up by Labour, and here we are, we three; perhaps the last island of beauty Oh no, we'd be sucked into his trap!
He's so mauve, we don't know what he's planning! I sometimes wonder where Norman is now. Probably wintering with his mother in Guildford.
A cat, rain, Vim under the sink, and both bars on. But old now, old. There can be no true beauty without decay. I've been preparing myself to forgive you. I can never touch raw meat until it's cooked.
As a youth, I used to weep in butchers' shops! Come on lads, let's get home, the sky's beginning to bruise. Night must fall and we shall be forced to camp. Danny[ edit ] I don't advise a haircut, 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 bald-headed men are uptight.
Change down, man, find your neutral space. You got a rush. If you're hanging on to a rising balloon, you're presented with a difficult decision — let go before it's too late or hang on and keep getting higher, posing the question: They're selling hippie wigs in Woolworth's, man. The greatest decade in the history of mankind is over. And as Presuming Ed here has so consistently pointed out, we have failed to paint it black. Jake The Poacher[ edit ] Dialogue[ edit ] Withnail: But now he's stopped, he's much better in our sex life and in our general life.
Look at Geoff Woade. His head must weigh fifty pounds on its own. Imagine the size of his balls. Imagine getting into a fight with the fucker! Please, I don't feel good. That's what you'd say, but that wouldn't wash with Geoff. No, he'd like a bit of pleading. Add spice to it. In fact, he'd probably tell you what he was going to do before he did it.
Have you been at the controls? What are you talking about?
What have you done to them? I haven't touched them. Then why has my head gone numb? You've had an audition. Why can't I have an audition? I've been to drama school. I tell you, I've a fuck sight more talent than half the rubbish that gets on television. Why can't I get on television? Well, I don't know. That's what you say. The only programme I'm likely to get on is the fucking news. We want to get in there, don't we?
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Soak up the booze. Why don't you give him a call? To ask him about his house. You want me to call what's-his-name and ask him about his house? I've no idea, I've never met him. Well neither have I. What the fuck are you talking about? Has he just been busted? Then why's he wearing that old suit? This suit was cut by Hawke's of Savile Row! Just because the best tailoring you've ever seen is above your fucking appendix doesn't mean anything! Don't get uptight with me, man.
Because if you do, I'll have to give you a dose of medicine. And if I spike you, you'll know you've been spoken to. I could take double anything you could! Very foolish words, man. He's right, Withnail, look at him! His mechanism's gone, he's had more drugs than you've had hot dinners! I'll not have this shag sack insulting me! If I medicined you, you'd think a brain tumour was a birthday present!
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This doll is extremely dangerous; it has voodoo qualities. Balls, I'll swallow it and run a mile! Cool your boots, man. This pill's valued at two quid. You're out of your mind! You can stuff it up your arse for nothing and fuck off while you're doing it!