From the documentary Withnail and Us - insights from Bruce Robinson (director/screenwriter), Richard E Grant (Withnail), Paul McGann (I), and Ralph Brown (Danny).
"It's a badly shot film; it's got great dialogue in it though."
"Two actors, out of work actors, the end of the sixties. And they live in this certain squalor in Camden Town."
"They go on, you know, a misshapen holiday into the countryside and everything goes arse over teacup."
"It's a lesson to all filmmakers everywhere that you don't need a good plot."
"I just found it amusing, it made me laugh: the predicament of the thespian in crisis."
"Bruce Robinson described this character [Withnail] as a lying, mendacious, cowardly, prancing, posing, utterly charming old darling."
"Marwood was like that little grain of sand - that little portion of your brain, your sense, you know, the one that gets you home when you're out of your head."
"Danny is described in the, uh, in the stage directions as a - a wrecked, purple haired, drug dealing, wise fool."
"Well I'm biased, you know, 'cause I'm in it, and 'cause I love it."
"Because it's very very good, but I don't know why it's very very good."
"I have no idea, other than that I just assume there are people who have the same kind of sense of humor."
"People identify with something in there, not just, I don't think, the drink and the drugs and the laughs. I think it's a bit more to it than that."
"What I think it does do, um, Withnail, is touch that moment we've all had where we're all broke, all starving, all-aspiring, and all-knowing that it might not work in our lives, you know, and for one of 'em it does not, definitely, and for one of 'em it might."