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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 overview, first billed only:
Le Roi Vittorio Amadeo
Jeanne de Luynes
Le Comte di Verua
Robin Renucci ...
Charles de Luynes
La Comtesse douairière
Eleanor David ...
La Reine
Le Duc de Luynes
Amy Werba ...
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)
Countess Cumiana
Countess Longhi


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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Drama | History | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 November 1990 (France)  »

Also Known As:

The King's Whore  »

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1.85 : 1
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The final feature film of Marne Maitland. See more »


Le Roi Vittorio Amadeo: What's your wife's name?
Jeanne de Luynes: Jeanne. Your majesty.
Le Roi Vittorio Amadeo: Jeanne. Ah!
Le Comte di Verua: Princess de Luynes. Your majesty.
Le Roi Vittorio Amadeo: Did I agree to this alliance?
Le Comte di Verua: Your majesty was so gracious.
Le Roi Vittorio Amadeo: In that case
Le Roi Vittorio Amadeo: continue.
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I love it!
20 February 2004 | by (Bialystok, Poland) – See all my reviews

This is an outstanding, breathtaking history which astonished me. I recorded this film when it was emited on TV and I watch it 4 days a week. I know it could be strange to you, but I love this story. It is so moving. It's a masterpiece. The actors, the screenplay, th dialogues! Valeria Golino and Timothy Dalton are gorgeous. It doesn't matter who and what tells about this film - I love it!

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