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Doctor, doctor, can anyone save Robert Downey Jr's Restoration?

6 September 2012 9:28 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

This film about King Charles II and a fictional doctor flips messily from frippery and farting to 17th-century mental healthcare

Restoration (1995)

Director: Michael Hoffman

Entertainment grade: C–

History grade: B

King Charles II was restored to the throne of England after the fall of the shortlived Commonwealth in 1660.


Dissolute fictional doctor Robert Merivel (Robert Downey Jr) has pawned his instruments, and must go to his father, a glover, for cash to get them back. His father agrees, reluctantly, on the grounds "that the son of a glovemaker should not be denied the use of those gifts that marked you as a physician before you could spell physic!" English spelling had been somewhat standardised by the King James Bible of 1611 (which spells "physic" as "physick", in "Learn before thou speak, and use physick or ever thou be sick", Apocrypha, Sir 1:19). Even so, bearing in mind that Samuel Johnson would »

- Alex von Tunzelmann

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