Withnail and I

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Withnail and I ★★★½ 1987 (R)

A biting and original black comedy about a pair of unemployed, nearly starving English actors during the late 1960s. They decide to retreat to a country house owned by Withnail's uncle, for a vacation and are beset by comic misadventures, particularly when the uncle, who is gay, starts to hit on his nephew's friend. Robinson, who scripted “The Killing Fields,” makes his successful directorial debut, in addition to drafting the screenplay from his own novel. Co-produced by George Harrison and Richard Starkey (Ringo Starr). 108m/C VHS, DVD . GB Richard E. Grant, Paul McGann, Richard Griffiths, Ralph Brown, Michael Elphick; D: Bruce Robinson; W: Bruce Robinson; C: Peter Hannan; M: David Dundas.