(out of 5)

 is excellent in this period version of Jerry Maguire, as a successful Renaissance court surgeon who hits rock bottom after seriously avoiding his true calling (he has a gift for understanding humanity, or so his friend  tells him). After losing everything material and falling from grace with the King (), Downey instead regains his soul and makes a few friends along the way (including an oddly cast  as what can only described as a ‘wench’). There is absolutely nothing memorable about the writing or the performances of this middling drama (even ‘s stuttering hilarity won’t stay with you for long), but it’s worth seeing for the outstanding art direction and costumes, which deservedly garnered Academy Awards for their richness and detail.

Avenue Pictures, Miramax, Segue Productions, The Oxford Film Company

USA/United Kingdom, 1995

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the novel by

Cinematography by

Produced by , ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1995


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