Cold Dog Soup

Randy Quaid stars in this quirky comedy as a psychotic taxi driver who takes a young man (Frank Whaley) on a tour of New York City’s ethnic districts, encompassing everything from Chinese restaurants to voodoo rituals while he tries to figure out how to dispose of his date’s dead dog. When his date (Christine Harnos) joins them for the ride, things turn even stranger, and this wacky film directed by Alan Metter and based on the book by Stephen Dobyns, presents New York in a way never seen before.



Genre: Comedy
Rating: 15
Directed By: Alan Metter
Written By: Stephen Dobyns (book) and Thomas Pope (screenplay)
Released: 1991
Runtime: 87 minutes


Randy Quaid as Jack Cloud
Frank Whaley as Michael Latchmer
Christine Harnos as Sarah Hughes
Sheree North as Mrs Hughes


The film depicts the lives and misadventures of two “resting” (struggling and unemployed) young actor friends in late-1969 London.

They are the flamboyant alcoholic Withnail and “I” (named “Marwood” in the published screenplay but not in the credits) as his more level-headed, anxiety-prone, and ennui-crippled friend and the film’s narrator.

Withnail is filled with indignation over life’s injustices, despite his privileged background.

He rages against the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune all the more because he blames others for the adverse consequences of his exuberant arrogance, flagrant narcissism and habitual lying, alcoholism, and drug use.

Withnail sets the tone for the friendship, with Marwood going along with whatever Withnail wants to do. They live in a filthy Georgian flat in Camden Town.

While they wait for a part, daily life revolves around getting coins to use in the meters that provide gas or electricity, going to collect benefits, and waiting for the pubs to open so they can drink and be somewhere with heating.

Their only other company at the flat besides each other is the local drug dealer, Danny; a somewhat distasteful man with far out, often bizarre viewpoints on the current state of affairs and a knack for irritating Withnail.

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