Director: Michael Hoffman Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Sam Neill, David Thewlis

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This lavish historical drama based on the acclaimed novel by Rose Tremain won Oscars for Costume Design and Art Direction. Robert Downey, Jr. stars as Robert Merivel, a gifted medical student of the 17th century who ignores his studies in favor of pursuing debauched fun -- much to the consternation of his high-minded Quaker colleague John Pearce (David Thewlis). Merivel achieves the high societal status he covets when he's summoned by King Charles II (Sam Neill). Merivel is chagrined to find that he's expected to care for the king's ailing spaniel, but the dog rallies and Merivel joins court. When one of Charles' mistresses, Celia (Polly Walker) becomes uppity, Charles arranges her marriage to Merivel. In return for keeping Celia in a pretend marriage, he receives an estate and knighthood. Merivel, however, falls in love with Celia and, betrayed by an eccentric painter (Hugh Grant), inspires the king's wrath. Banished and stripped of his wealth, Merivel rediscovers love with an Irish mental patient (Meg Ryan). He also rediscovers his passion for medicine during London's Great Fire and the Black Plague.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/12/2011
UPC: 0096009771799
Original Release: 1994
Rating: R
Source: Miramax Echo Bridge
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 1:58:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Downey Robert Merivel
Sam Neill Charles II
David Thewlis John Pearce
Polly Walker Celia Clemence
Meg Ryan Katherine
Ian McKellen Will Gates
Hugh Grant Elias Finn
Mary McLeod Midwife

Technical Credits
Michael Hoffman Director
James Acheson Costumes/Costume Designer
Sarah Ryan Black Producer
Cary Brokaw Producer
Garth Craven Editor
Donna Gigliotti Co-producer
Kip Hagopian Executive Producer
James Newton Howard Score Composer
Simon Kaye Sound/Sound Designer
Andy Paterson Producer
Oliver Stapleton Cinematographer
Rupert Walters Screenwriter
Bob Weinstein Co-producer
Harvey Weinstein Co-producer
Eugenio Zanetti Production Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Restoration
1. Royal College Hospital [6:08]
2. Living Heart [7:43]
3. Impressing the King [9:27]
4. The Bride [7:41]
5. Rough Morning [8:41]
6. The King's Wishes [9:34]
7. Merivel's Plea [6:23]
8. Visiting Pearce [5:43]
9. Treating Katharine [6:10]
10. Healing Dance [6:30]
11. Ailing Friend [9:50]
12. The Plague [5:38]
13. Emergency Surgery [7:43]
14. Lady Celia's Illness [8:02]
15. Dear Blessings [11:59]

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4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This film is brilliant--pure & simple. Robert Downey Jr's performance is nothing short of remarkable. I can only imagine he drew on hs own wild lifestyle to capture Merival's so well. A touching & shocking tour de force that will make you laugh & cry--& think.