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Restoration Movie Review Summary

Actors: Robert Downey Jr., Sam Neill, David Thewlis, Polly Walker, Meg Ryan, Ian McKellan, Hugh Grant

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A king, Charles II (Neill) rules England again after the Puritan rebellion. When a young doctor named Robert Merivel (Downey) almost accidentally cures the king's ailing spaniel, he is made royal physician to the monarch's canines and begins to enjoy the high life at court. For propriety's sake, Charles orders Merivel to marry the king's favorite mistress, but the young man is NOT to bed her. Unfortunately, the doctor falls in love with his official wife and, betrayed by an effete court artist and hanger-on (Grant), he is cast out of the court. Disgraced and poor again, Merivel rediscovers his love of medicine and works among the poor with his Quaker friend John Pearce (Thewlis), becoming acquainted with and eventually the husband of a desperate Irish woman (Ryan) people take to be mad. This 1995 movie is hugely entertaining and a feast for the eyes, but in spite of great sets, costuming, and acting, is ultimately a lightweight.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1600 to 1899 Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   doctor/nurse/something medical

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   doctor Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK City?    -   Yes City:    -   London    -   dirty, grimy (like New York)    -   wealthy Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   impregnation/reproduction    -   actual description of sex    -   seeing breasts    -   seeing nude male butt Is this movie based on a    -   book

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