The King's Whore (1990)

R   |    |  Drama, History, Romance

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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.


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26 March 2004 | rowena-8
Very pretty, but could have had more grunt
I enjoyed this movie but it did fall short of the great film that it should have been. Main strengths were the stunning visual aspects and Timothy Dalton's mesmerising performance. Surely he has to be the most underrated actors of our time. His portrayal of psychological complexity in his characters in unmatched. Weak points are the jumpy plot, erratic editing (apparently a lot of scenes were cut) and lack of bodice ripping scenes. There is plenty of emotion but the steaminess is mostly implied. Still worth seeing, particularly for Dalton fans or for lovers of historical costume drama.

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Release Date:

14 November 1990


French, English

Country of Origin

UK, France, Italy, Austria

Filming Locations

Cinecittà Studios, Cinecittà, Rome, Lazio, Italy

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