Marine biologist and professional diver Monty Halls turns his back on city life to become a 21st century beachcomber on the west coast of Scotland.

Monty Halls' Great Escape - Netflix

Type: Documentary

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 60 minutes

Premier: 2009-03-01

Monty Halls' Great Escape - Withnail and I - Netflix

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) 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 launched him into a successful career. The film also 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 (particularly farce) and is notable for its period music and many quotable lines. It has been described as “one of Britain's biggest cult films”.

Monty Halls' Great Escape - Soundtrack - Netflix

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. There is a misheld belief among some fans of the film that King Curtis was murdered on the night his live performance of “A Whiter Shade of Pale” was recorded. Ralph Brown, in the audio commentary on some DVD issues, wrongly states that he was shot in the car park after the concert. Curtis was stabbed to death in August 1971, some five months after the recording was made in March 1971. The recording comes from Curtis's album Live at Fillmore West. “A Whiter Shade of Pale” (live) – King Curtis – 5:25 “Piano Sonata in B Flat Major, D960” - Franz Schubert, performed by Leslie Pearson “The Wolf” – David Dundas and Rick Wentworth – 1:33 “All Along the Watchtower” (reduced tempo) – Jimi Hendrix – 4:10 “To the Crow” – David Dundas and Rick Wentworth – 2:22 “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” (live) – Jimi Hendrix – 4:28 “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” – The Beatles – 4:44 “Marwood Walks” – David Dundas and Rick Wentworth – 2:14 “Monty Remembers” – David Dundas and Rick Wentworth – 2:02 “La Fite” – David Dundas and Rick Wentworth – 1:10 “Hang Out the Stars in Indiana” – Al Bowlly and New Mayfair Dance Orchestra – 1:35 “Crow Crag” – David Dundas and Rick Wentworth – 0:56 “Cheval Blanc” – David Dundas and Rick Wentworth – 1:15 “My Friend” – Charlie Kunz – 1:28 “Withnail's Theme” – David Dundas and Rick Wentworth – 2:40

Monty Halls' Great Escape - References - Netflix