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The exiled royal physician to King Charles II devotes himself to helping Londoners suffering from the plague, and in the process falls in love with an equally poor woman.



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John Pearce
Celia Clemence
Will Gates
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Man with Visible Heart
Merivel's Father


An aspiring young physician, Robert Merivel found himself in the service of King Charles II and saves the life of a spaniel dear to the King. Merivel joins the King's court and lives the high life provided to someone of his position. Merivel is ordered to marry one of the King's mistresses in order to divert the suspicions of another one of his mistresses. He is given one order by the king and that is not to fall in love. The situation worsens when Merivel finds himself in love with his new wife. Eventually, the King finds out and relieves Merivel of his position and wealth. His fall from grace leaves Merivel where he first started. And through his travels and reunions with an old friend, he rediscovers his love for true medicine and what it really means to be a physician. Written by P. Wong <>

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In a world of seduction and power, temptation has its price.

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Rated R for sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 February 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Restauración  »

Box Office


$19,000,000 (estimated)


$4,100,000 (USA)

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Composer James Newton Howard's main theme is based on a music from The Fairy Queen by Henry Purcell. See more »


As Robert Merivel and Will Gates are talking in the garden, sitting together on a bench, someone (shadowy) is moving from right to left behind the bushes behind Merivel's back. See more »


[first lines]
Opening Title Card: In 1660 Charles II was restored to the English Throne ending 11 years of Oliver Cromwell's bleak Puritan rule. Thus began the age of Restoration. It was an era of scientific discovery, artistic exploration and luxurious sensuality.
Opening Title Card: It was also a time of natural disasters and archaic medical practices. Science was pitted against superstition. This is the story of one man's journey through the light and dark of those times.
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Referenced in Quills (2000) See more »


From John Playford's 'The English Dancing Master', First Edition (1651)
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I loved it.
15 August 2004 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

This has to have been one of the most beautiful movies I have ever seen. I am not as up on history as some people, but I think the time - the costumes, the dress, the manners, (though not the language), was stunningly represented. The transition of Robert Downey's character was also wonderfully done - we watch him go from boyishness to maturity in a slow change throughout the film, it's not just randomly done because of one event, but of a series of events. The music was out of this world, and the last half of the movie very chilling, very sad, very emotional. Have a tissue box handy!!

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