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PostPosted by wodent » Thu Nov 22, 2007 6:23 pm

Ye i wasnt complaining bout bruce's skills or anything, i personally adore every imperfection i see in the things that i like, i was just wondering if people noticed things like that. My favourite is the noticably louder ambient background room noise that accompanies 'FORKIT!'.
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PostPosted by jeff wode » Thu Nov 22, 2007 7:53 pm

i thought the dubbing on the breaking glass where marwood throws the shotgun out of the window is pretty poor.
but after listening to the embalmer this aft, i was struck by montys possibly deliberate double-entendre when he tells marwood he wanted "to release him from the legumes and allow him to concentrate on the meat" !!!!
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PostPosted by McFuck » Fri Nov 23, 2007 4:00 am

. . . still imagining the size of his balls . . .
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PostPosted by Thomas Rhymer » Fri Jan 25, 2008 1:58 am

There's only one line I've never got. When they come back from the country and Marwood goes off to phone his agent, Danny asks who he's gone to call. Withnail then seems to say "Squat Betty. His agent."

Who is "Squat Betty?"
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PostPosted by crooked » Fri Jan 25, 2008 2:31 am

I have always assumed that its an unkind nickname.
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PostPosted by McFuck » Fri Jan 25, 2008 3:37 am

Google Squat Betty and read the results.
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PostPosted by crooked » Fri Jan 25, 2008 9:47 pm

Nothing of any significance...
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PostPosted by The Purveyor » Fri Jan 25, 2008 10:04 pm

I've never understood James Brown's* remark, in the documentary 'Withnail and Us' [I think?], that 'Withnail and I' is "'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' for the kaftan generation."

Now I know 'Butch Cassidy' is a buddy film made in the 1960s.

And I think I know what a kaftan is (having looked it up).

But kaftan generation?

Who wore the kaftan?

Having grown up in the 1980s/90s, I don't remember many people wearing them. Particulary men!

Can anyone enlighten me?

*James Brown is the founder of 'Loaded' (a UK magazine for men, established in 1994).
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PostPosted by McFuck » Sat Jan 26, 2008 4:25 am

Remember, the Coalman showed up for court dressed in a caftan and a bell. I'm assuming the Coalman is of African descent i.e. black. So I think he means the black people who founded the black pride movement in the 60's and wore caftans, better known here as dashikis, in wild jungle prints, as a sign of pride in their heritage.

Or not. I'm just offering my interpretation.
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PostPosted by jeff wode » Sun Jan 27, 2008 2:56 pm

kaftan generation is a general term for the people who grew up in the hippy days of the 60's and 70's so basically i understand this to be that w+i is the buddy movie for people from the hippy era.
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PostPosted by Montys Cat » Sat Mar 22, 2008 10:51 pm

What I don't understand.....When Withnail offers to phone Uncle Monty while Marwood goes to the bog.He casually asks M for ten quid.
Ten quid for a starving thespian would be a fortune in 1969....for a phone call and a couple of drinks ???

Ten Bob surely ?
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PostPosted by jeff wode » Sat Mar 22, 2008 10:58 pm

but in those pre decimal days, it may well have been a ten bob note, equivalent iirc to 50 pence in todays money, but more than enough for a round of drinks and a phone call back then.
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PostPosted by The Purveyor » Sun Mar 23, 2008 1:45 am

I think you may have misheard 'tenner' for "tanner".

I don't know what a tanner amounts to, but I do know it is a slang term for an amount of English money.
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PostPosted by crooked » Sun Mar 23, 2008 1:49 am

A tanner was a sixpence.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanner_%28coin%29

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PostPosted by Montys Cat » Sun Mar 23, 2008 10:33 am

The Purveyor wrote:I think you may have misheard 'tenner' for "tanner".

I don't know what a tanner amounts to, but I do know it is a slang term for an amount of English money.


Then that would be equally unlikely. Even in 1969 you couldn't make a phone call and get drinks in for two and half pence !
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