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Withnail and I

Bruce Robinson
April 10, 1987

Sinopsis


Withnail and I is a 1987 British black comedy film written and directed by Bruce Robinson.

The story is based on Robinson's life in London in the late 1960's. The plot follows two unemployed young actors Withnail and 'I' (or the character Marwood). Both live together in a squalid flat in Camden Town squandering what litle finances they have on alcohol. Needing a holiday, they obtain the keys to a country cottage in the English Lake District belonging to Withnail's lecherous gay uncle Monty and drive there.

Things do not go smoothly and get even more complicated when uncle Monty arrives.


LOCATIONS

Robinson’s chooses not to shoot the actor’s vacation in the real Penrith, but rather in and around the villages of Shap and Bampton Cumbria. Monty’s cottage, ‘Crow Crag’ is actually Sleddale Hall located near the West Sleddale Reservoir, just outside Shap. The lake that ‘Crow Crag’ apparently overlooks is actually Haweswater Reservoir in the Lake District.

Although exterior and ground floor interior shots of Crow Crag were shot at Sleddale Hall, Stockers Farm in Rickmansworth was used for the bedroom and stair scenes. Stockers Farm was also the location of the Crow and Crown pub featured in the film.

The King Henry Pub and the Penrith Tea Room scenes were filmed in the Market Square in Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes at what is now the Crow Inn and Cox and Robinsons Chemists.

Much of the locational filming was actually undertaken in London in and around the London Boroughs of Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea. Withnail and Marwood’s flat was located at 57 Chepstow Place, Bayswater W2. Their local pub, The Mother Black Cap (in reality the Frog and Firkin) was situated in Tavistock Crescent, Westbourne Green. It has since been demolished.

Uncle Monty’s London house featured in the film is West House, Glebe Place, Chelsea, SW3. Other London scenes were shot in John Aird Court Paddington (the two actors leaving for the lake District) and the corner of Ladbroke Grove and Lancaster Road (café Breakfast scene)




Tourist links

www.visitlondon.com

www.visitcumbria.com

www.stonystratford.gov.uk (The website for Stony Stratford)

www.travelstay.com (Provides a list of tourist attractions in the Chelsea area)

Technical information

  • PRODUCTION YEAR: 1987 
  • RUNTIME: 107 mins 
  • PRINTED FILM FORMAT: 35mm 
  • GENRE: Black Comedy 
  • LANGUAGE: English 
  • FINAL GROSS: $1, 544, 889 (US)

Technical team

  • WRITERS: Bruce Robinson
  • CINEMATOGRAPHY: Peter Hannan 
  • STILL PHOTOGRAPHER: Murray Close 
  • CAMERA: Bob Smith 
  • SOUND EDITOR: Alan Paley 
  • DIRECT SOUND: Allan Brereton, Clive Winter 
  • FILM EDITING: Alan Strachan
  • SOUNDTRACK: David Dundas, Rick Wentworth 
  • ART DIRECTION: Henry Harris 
  • VISUAL EFFECTS: Martin Gutteridge 
  • SPECIAL EFFECTS: Paul Corbould 
  • GRAPHIC DESIGN:

Executive team

  • PRODUCTION COMPANIES: HanMade Films 
  • EXECUTIVE PRODUCER/S: Paul Heller
  • CONTRIBUTORS: George Harrison & Denis O'Brien, Lawrence Kirstein, Dave  Wimbury 
  • DISTRIBUTOR COMPANIES: Hanmade Films (UK) 
  • INTERNATIONAL SALES: Cineplex Odeon Films (US), The Cannon Group

Casting

Paul McGann, Richard E Grant, Richard Griffiths

Awards/Selections

BFI Top 100 British Films Listing

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FILMING LOCATIONS



London- London


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