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The Dumbfounded King (1991)

El rey pasmado (original title)
After spending a night with a sensual prostitute, the King of Spain decides that he wants to see his wife naked. His decision causes a real revolution amidst his subjects.

Director:

Imanol Uribe

Writers:

Joan Potau (as Juan Potau), Gonzalo Torrente Ballester (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
María Barranco ... Lucrecia (as Maria Barranco)
Joaquim de Almeida ... Almeida
Laura del Sol ... Marfisa
Gabino Diego ... Rey
Juan Diego ... Villaescusa
Fernando Fernán Gómez ... Gran Inquisidor (as Fernando Fernan-Gomez)
Alejandra Grepi ... D.ª Bárbara
Javier Gurruchaga Javier Gurruchaga ... Valido
Eusebio Poncela ... Conde La Peña Andrade
Anne Roussel ... Reina
Luis Barbero Luis Barbero ... Ferrán de Valdivieso
Emma Cohen ... Duquesa Vda. del Maestrazgo
Christine Dejoux Christine Dejoux ... Colette
Carme Elias ... Abadesa (as Carmen Elias)
Eulàlia Ramon ... Paca Távora (as Eulalia Ramon)
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After spending a night with a sensual prostitute, the King of Spain decides that he wants to see his wife naked. His decision causes a real revolution amidst his subjects.

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Country:

Spain | France | Portugal

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

1 November 1991 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

A kába király krónikája See more »

Filming Locations:

Guimarães, Portugal See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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A wonderful film that didn't make it to the US
22 January 2000 | by Tom-464See all my reviews

This movie is about a Spanish king in the middle ages who decides one day that he'd like to see his wife naked. Gasp! The courtiers are appalled; his wife says ... "Why not?"; and the church begins an investigation. Out of all the hoohah over what today seems an ordinary request, only one man stands up for the king -- a Jesuit priest. The movie's depiction of the various reactions to the king's request is always interesting, and sometimes fascinating. It's a stylish, colorful production, and never lacks for beauty. The only problem I had with it was that I saw it in Paris, in Spanish with French subtitles, and so I probably missed half the jokes. Not all of them -- there are some wonderful visual jokes, like the man whose wife wants the church's permission to have sex with him, so the couple goes to a convent and has sex surrounded by a circle of nuns (all of them discreetly facing away, of course).


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