Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

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.

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay)
Reviews
Won 2 Oscars. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.1/10 X  

The Orient Express, on it's night trip from Munich to Venice, is full because of the beginning of the carnival in Venice. Between the passengers are a journalist, an actress and her ... See full summary »

Director: Carlo U. Quinterio
Stars: Hugh Grant, Tahnee Welch, Malcolm McDowell
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Two girls, Carla and Lou meet on the street outside a loft waiting for their boyfriends. In a short time, they find out that they're waiting for the same guy - young actor Blake, who said ... See full summary »

Director: James Toback
Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Heather Graham, Natasha Gregson Wagner
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Los Angeles advertisement director Max visits his friend, artist Charlie, who was diagnosed with A.I.D.S. in New York. There he meets Karen, they are attracted to each other and after they ... See full summary »

Director: Mike Figgis
Stars: Wesley Snipes, Nastassja Kinski, Kyle MacLachlan
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

When an English cartographer must tell a Welsh village that their mountain is only a hill, the offended community sets out to change that.

Director: Christopher Monger
Stars: Hugh Grant, Tara Fitzgerald, Colm Meaney
Richard III (1995)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The classic Shakespearean play about a murderously scheming king staged in an alternative fascist England setting.

Director: Richard Loncraine
Stars: Ian McKellen, Annette Bening, Jim Broadbent
Comedy | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A couple fall in love despite the girl's pessimistic outlook. As they struggle to come to terms with their relationship, something supernatural happens that tests it.

Director: Norman René
Stars: Meg Ryan, Alec Baldwin, Kathy Bates
Housewarming (2005)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Chantal, an advocate involved in defending homeless illegal immigrant, decides to refurbish her flat. Following her convictions she calls Columbian workers led by an unforeseeable architect... See full summary »

Director: Brigitte Roüan
Stars: Carole Bouquet, Jean-Pierre Castaldi, Didier Flamand
Danger Zone (1996)
Drama | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

American mining engineer gets involved in civil war and international conspiracy in an African country.

Director: Allan Eastman
Stars: Billy Zane, Robert Downey Jr., Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa
Only You (1994)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Destiny. Faith (Marisa Tomei) believes that two soul-mates can be united if they find each other. From the Ouija board, she has found the name of her missing half, and it is D-A-M-O-N ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Jewison
Stars: Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey Jr., Bonnie Hunt
Drama | Mystery | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Some thirty years after Arlis witnesses his father murdering a family, he runs into Kay, who happens to be the family's baby who was spared. Kay and Arlis suspect nothing about each other, ... See full summary »

Director: Steve Kloves
Stars: Dennis Quaid, Meg Ryan, James Caan
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Set right after World War II, a naive teenage girl joins a shabby theatre troupe in Liverpool. During a winter production of Peter Pan, the play quickly turns into a dark metaphor for youth... See full summary »

Director: Mike Newell
Stars: Hugh Grant, Alan Rickman, Georgina Cates
Restoration I (2016)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

During home renovations, a young couple release a fiery spirit seeking retribution. To save themselves and set the spirit free, they must uncover the dire truth. But nothing is as simple as it seems...

Director: Zack Ward
Stars: Emily Roya O'Brien, Adrian Gaeta, Zack Ward
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
John Pearce
...
Celia Clemence
...
Katharine
...
Will Gates
...
Elias Finn
...
Ambrose
Mary MacLeod ...
Midwife
Mark Letheren ...
Daniel
...
Hannah
...
Eleanor
Willie Ross ...
Man with Visible Heart
...
...
Merivel's Father
Edit

Storyline

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 <pwong@nt.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

|

Language:

|

Release Date:

2 February 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Restauración  »

Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$4,100,000 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Ian McKellen and Robert Downey Jr. became friends during the shoot and McKellen was struck by Downey's talent and attitude compared to some of the British cast members. McKellen offered Downey a part in Richard III (1995), stating that casting an American actor would help fund the film. When the release of Restoration was delayed by 18 months owing to story concerns and re-shoots, Richard III was actually released in theaters before Restoration. See more »

Goofs

When Merivel leaves the Fire of London, he is floating down the River Thames. He is, apparently, discovered 15 miles from Bidnold, which is in Suffolk (unreachable from the Thames) See more »

Quotes

[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.
See more »


Soundtracks

Newcastle
(uncredited)
Traditional
From John Playford's 'The English Dancing Master', First Edition (1651)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

First rate without one bloody battle!
28 July 2004 | by (Columbus,OH USA) – See all my reviews

Good Lord! a historical epic without a spectacular set piece till the fire of London. There was not a minute of this film I did not enjoy! Those who need chariot races to feel historically present need to know we can't all hang out with Cleopatra or Rhett. These people, in this film, came across as real through the ages! After seeing this delight,I mourn for Downey's career. Rent, NO! Buy this movie and step back into time for two hours. As historical drama, this is surpassed only by " A LION IN WINTER" and "LAWRENCE OF ARABIA". Mel Gibson should see this film before he messes with historical characters again. Please, you critics watch this with your heart; not your eye for spectacle 'NUFF SAID!


44 of 53 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Twirling around the tree scene: Instrument? Kendra14
Soundtrack ohluisa
Would've been better ....... icarus_04
My favorite movie chevstriss
Caerphilly lee-jones-1
The Fire karate_kid8
Discuss Restoration (1995) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?