Restoration Movie Review 1994

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Set in the 17th century after Charles II is restored to the British throne, the title may instead refer to the restoration of one man's values. After curing one of the king's dogs, physician Downey is elevated to courtier and falls into drunken debauchery. He is soon forced to marry (but not touch) the king's favorite mistress. Unfortunately, he is caught trespassing on his majesty's main squeeze and banished from the court. Cast among the common rabble, he encounters the plague and the Great Fire of London while trying to redeem himself. Strong cast and sumptuous set design help to propel Downey's performance. Adapted from Rose Tremain's 1989 novel. Release was delayed a year because no one could seem to come up with a marketing strategy.


Buena Vista Home Entertainment, 500 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank, CA 91521-1120, Toll-free: 800-723-4763, URL:

Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 118 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Historical Drama, Period Piece: 17th Century, Royalty, British, Romantic Triangles, Doctors & Nurses, Hard Knock Life
Rupert Walters
Robert Downey, Meg Ryan, Sam Neill, Hugh Grant, David Thewlis, Polly Walker, Ian McKellen
Oliver Stapleton
Michael Hoffman
James Newton Howard
Cary Brokaw, Andy Patterson, Segue Productions, Avenue Pictures, Sarah Ryan Black, Miramax Films


Oscars 1995: Art Dir./Set Dec., Costume Des.

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