Various Artists - Withnail and I Original Soundtrack

Featuring The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and King Curtis


Withnail and I is a 1987 British black comedy film written and directed by Bruce Robinson. Loosely based on Robinson's life in London in the late 1960s, the plot follows two unemployed actors, Withnail and "I" (portrayed by Richard E. Grant and Paul McGann, respectively) who share a flat in Camden Town in 1969. Needing a holiday, they obtain the key to a country cottage in the Lake District belonging to Withnail's eccentric uncle Monty and drive there. The weekend holiday proves less recuperative than they expected.

Withnail and I was Grant's first film and established his profile. The film featured performances by Richard Griffiths as Withnail's Uncle Monty and Ralph Brown as Danny the drug dealer. The film has tragic and comic elements and is notable for its period music and many quotable lines. It has been described by the BBC as "one of Britain's biggest cult films".

Original music for the film was composed by David Dundas and Rick Wentworth.

The film features a rare appearance of a recording by the Beatles, whose 1968 song "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" plays as Withnail and Marwood return to London and find Presuming Ed in the bath. The song, which was written and sung by George Harrison, was able to be included in the soundtrack due to Harrison's involvement in the film as one of the producers.

Track Listing:

A Whiter Shade of Pale | The Wolf | All Along The Watchtower | To The Crow | Voodoo Chile | While My Guitar Gently Weeps | Marwood Walks | Monty Remembers | La Fite | Hand Out The Stars in Indiana | Crow Crag | Cheval Blanc | My Friend | Withnail’s Theme