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The King's Whore (1990)

La putain du roi (original title)
Set in the seventeenth 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.


Axel Corti


Jacques Tournier (novel), Derek Marlowe (additional dialogue) | 5 more credits »
4 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Timothy Dalton ... King Vittorio Amadeo
Valeria Golino ... Jeanne de Luynes
Stéphane Freiss ... Count di Verua
Robin Renucci ... Charles de Luynes
Margaret Tyzack ... Dowager Countess
Feodor Chaliapin Jr. ... Scaglia (as Feodor Chaliapin)
Eleanor David ... Queen
Paul Crauchet ... Duke de Luynes
Arnoldo Foà ... 1st Priest
Lea Padovani ... Countess Cumiana
Anna Bonaiuto ... Countess Longhi
Caterina Vertova ... Countess Bassani
Federico Pacifici ... 1st Courtier
Amy Werba ... Heloïse
Francesca Reggiani ... Marie Christine


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

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Rated R for sexuality | See all certifications »

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The final feature film of Marne Maitland. See more »


Le Roi Vittorio Amadeo: I hope you'll be happy here with us.
Jeanne de Luynes: We would be happy anywhere your majesty.
Le Roi Vittorio Amadeo: You're very fortunate to believe that. People invest a lot of money arranging marriage contracts. If you're happy they'll think you've cheated them.
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Music for the funeral of Queen Mary
Written by Henry Purcell (as Purcell)
Performed by The Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra and The Equale Brass Ensemble
Directed by John Eliot Gardiner
Courtesy Erato Disques, SA, Paris, France
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I love it!
20 February 2004 | by carrie_plSee 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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14 November 1990 (France) See more »

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