The movie Restoration was
based on the book Restoration.
Movie details for Restoration
The movie was released in
1995 and directed by Michael Hoffman, who also directed A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999) and The Emperor's Club (2002).
Restoration was produced by Miramax.
More information on the movie is available on Amazon.com and also IMDb.
Actors on this movie include Robert Downey Jr., Sam Neill, David Thewlis, Polly Walker (II), Meg Ryan, Ian McKellen, Hugh Grant, Ian McDiarmid, Mary MacLeod, Mark Letheren, Sandy McDade, Rosalind Bennett, Willie Ross, David Gant, Benjamin Whitrow, Neville Watchurst, Bryan Pringle, Roy Evans, John Quarmby and John Dallimore.
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A fantastic premise is utterly blown in this film by director Michael Hoffman and screenwriter Rupert Walters (the two collaborated previously on the winning Some Girls). Robert Downey Jr. plays Robert Merivel, King Charles II's (Sam Neill) spirited young... Read More
A fantastic premise is utterly blown in this film by director Michael Hoffman and screenwriter Rupert Walters (the two collaborated previously on the winning Some Girls). Robert Downey Jr. plays Robert Merivel, King Charles II's (Sam Neill) spirited young physician in 17th-century England. The king offers to set Merivel up for life in exchange for one small favor: marry the royal mistress (Polly Walker) to provide his highness some cover for his philandering. But Merivel blows it by falling in love with the woman, and he is cast out of his pampered paradise to reinvent himself as a serious man helping victims of the plague beyond the palace's walls. It's a superb notion, and the film looks just terrific, particularly Charles's court, where scientific and artistic innovation flourishes. But somehow the story completely falls apart once Merivel goes on his quest for salvation. The scenes aren't there, the characters are underdeveloped, the drama is clunky. The whole enterprise feels as if an editor tried to salvage a major failure and barely came up with something coherent. --Tom Keogh