In 1880 pioneering doctor Mortimer Granville,sacked from various hospitals for challenging his superiors' out-moded methods,gets a job with Dr Dalrymple,who relieves female patients' frustrations - or hysteria - with pelvic massages which allow orgasm. The handsome young doctor attracts a large female clientele and gets engaged to Dalrymple's studious younger daughter Emily but after the constant massaging brings on a carpal injury he is sacked. Fortunately an enterprising inventor friend has come up with a power operated feather duster which will soon be transformed into a vibrator and make Mortimer a fortune. Along the way he also realises that his heart really lies with Emily's older sister Charlotte,an outspoken suffragette who runs a home for disadvantaged women in London's East End.
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He created an invention that turned on half the world.
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14 December 2011 (France)
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Opening Weekend USA: $35,656,
20 May 2012, Limited Release
Gross USA: $1,800,000, 31 December 2012
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Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?
In both 19th Century set movies involving 1800s medicine in England that actor Jonathan Pryce has starred in, The Doctor and the Devils (1985) and Hysteria (2011), Pryce plays a character who is first-named 'Robert' in both, portraying Robert Fallon and Dr. Robert Dalrymple respectively. See more
The newspaper photograph of Doctor Granville is taken with flash powder in a flash pan. The story takes place in 1880 and flash powder was not invented until 1885. See more
I truly don't even know why I'm here, doctor.
Well, of course it's difficult running a large household by oneself. And raising four children is exacting, but they're wonderful, wonderful children. And my husband, he's a good man. A very hard worker. Um... Ahem. Well, there is just one thing. Sometimes at night, when he comes to me, I imagine myself splitting his fat bald head with a great large ax.
During the end credits images of several different vibrators throughout history are shown. See more
Nocturne No. 2 in E flat Major, Op. 9,2
Written by Frédéric Chopin
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