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The King's Whore (1990)

La putain du roi (original title)
Set in the 17th-century, an Italian nobleman weds an impoverished countess, who is wooed by the King of Piedmont and faces pressure from his entire court to succumb to his wishes.

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Cast

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Le Roi Vittorio Amadeo
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Jeanne de Luynes
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Le Comte di Verua
Robin Renucci ...
Charles de Luynes
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La Comtesse douairière
Eleanor David ...
La Reine
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Le Duc de Luynes
Amy Werba ...
Heloïse
Franco Valobra ...
Le Duc d'Aoste
Francesca Reggiani ...
Marie Christine
Leonardo Ruta ...
Le Prince Vittorio
Luigi Bonos ...
2nd Priest (as Gigi Bonos)
Elisabeth Kaza ...
Countess Trevie (as Elizabeth Kaza)
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Countess Cumiana
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Countess Longhi
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Storyline

The King of Piedmont is introduced to Jeanne, the beautiful young wife of one of his courtiers, with whom he falls madly in love the moment he sets eyes on her. Jeanne, very much in love with her own husband and wishing to be faithful to him, is disturbed by the king's advances and resists him. The king is obsessed with his desire for her and neglects his duties and his kingdom, until the entire court, including his wife and even Jeanne's own husband and his family, put pressure on Jeanne to give in to the king's wishes and become his mistress in order to save the king and the country. When her husband tells her it is her duty to serve the king and give in to his wishes, she goes to the king, but makes it very clear that she despises him and doesn't return his love for her. The king's passion for Jeanne never subsides and eventually goes so far that he loses a war when he returns home to nurse her through a near fatal illness instead of remaining with his troops and leading them in ...

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Rated R for sexuality | See all certifications »
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14 November 1990 (France)  »

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The final feature film of Marne Maitland. See more »

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Le Roi Vittorio Amadeo: [to his fencing instructor] Perhaps I should take lessons from the Count of Verua. I hear he is an excellent swordsman.
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Le Roi Vittorio Amadeo: Of course he doesn't show his skills at court. Like the rest of you. He's afraid to be better than me.
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Intense emotion
1 January 2001 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Timothy Dalton does it again! As I become a bigger fan of his I am amazed at the depth and emotion he lends to his characters. This movie has some plot weaknesses which I cannot decide if would be corrected by less or more film. Bravo to Timothy Dalton. His range of emotion is fantastic. Even when not speaking he conveys so much as when Jeanne finally comes to him. Dalton also continues to show off his sword prowess with a very complex scene near the end. Worth seeing!


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