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WITHNAIL & I

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WITHNAIL & I

Type of media Film

Approved Running time 107m 12s

Director(s) Bruce Robinson

Cast includes Paul McGann, Richard E. Grant, Richard Griffiths, Ralph Brown, Michael Elphick, Eddie Tagoe

Cut This work was passed uncut.

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

WITHNAIL & I is a 1987 comedy about two out of work actors living in London in 1969.

Language

Two uses of very strong language ('c**t'), one of which is neither aggressive nor directed, and the other of which is aggressively directed, but within a comic context. There are also over 30 uses of strong language ('f**k'), and various uses of milder bad language (eg 'wankers', 'bollocks', 'bastards'). There is occasional use of discriminatory terms (for example, a black man is referred to as a 'Spade' in one scene).

Drugs

During an argument between two characters, one threatens to spike the other's drink and then challenges him to take the strongest drugs he has; these drugs are not actually taken. In another scene, a character rolls a large joint, which is then is smoked. This scene is comic in nature, but the drug use is not unduly glamorised given the desperate situation of the characters involved.

In one sequence, a character who is desperate for alcohol resorts to drinking lighter fluid. As a result he is sick almost immediately.

Sex

The film contains occasional strong sex references, including a scene in which a character reads sexualised text on a wall. In one extended sequence, a character tries to seduce another, who finally manages to escape.

The film also contains some brief nudity, with sight of topless models in pictures on a bathroom wall. Cigarette smoking and alcohol drinking are frequent throughout.

Details

Title
WITHNAIL & I
Year
1987
Distributor(s)
Handmade Films (Dists) Ltd
Classified date(s)
27/03/1987
Approved footage
9649+3
BBFC reference
AFF060792
Registration number
CFH30697

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