The Withnail and I script is online (via Mountain*7). My favourite bit is right at the end when Withnail quotes Hamlet:

I have of late, but wherefore I know not, lost all my mirth and indeed it goes so heavily with my disposition that this goodly frame the earth seems to me a sterile promotory; this most excellent canopy the air, look you, this mighty o'rehanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted with golden fire; why, it appeareth nothing to me but a foul and pestilent congregation of vapours. What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, how like an angel in aprehension, how like a God! The beauty of the world, paragon of animals; and yet to me, what is this quintessence of dusk. Man delights not me, no, nor women neither, nor women neither.

Readers Comments

  1. But I wrote that in my diary just last night. Don't tell me Shakespeare got there before me. Bummer.

  2. matt (mountain7) Wednesday 30 May 2007

    It's a terribly poignant ending - thankfully Bruce Robinson allowed himself to be talked out of the original ending where Withnail goes back to the flat and blows his brains out.

  3. Would it be puerile to admit that my favourite line (and most often quoted) is "Monty you terrible cunt!"?

  4. As these words really matter to me I have to observe how sad it is that you have perpetuated the universal error given on all accounts of this quote throughout the web, but either pause to think about the meaninglessness of saying 'dusk' or better still, go look at the actual screenplay or listen to the film. The word is "dust". "What is this quentessence of dust?" You know? 'dust to dust and all that? Always bu always go to the source, and never copy someone else's junk versions of art". Rant over.

  5. Well put Frankie, and of course the quote should read "... nor woman neither" rather than "women".

  6. 'I despise sex, its just like doing pressups till you're sick'

    Just came across this and other Withnail esque quotes and scenes, in a newish novel which pays homage. - Menage- e.morrison. It’s about these two guys that don’t realise they’re just like Withnail and I. That is until their girlfriend shows them the film – then they freak. there is also some very withnail stuff about bin bags and sherry. this is only part of the story but the character called Saul is almost even more withnail than withnail. very drole.

  7. This is a great moment in the film. Ive found a good site about the film:

    There is something desperate yet majestic about the Withnail character.

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