The King's Whore

The King's Whore (French: La putain du roi, Italian: La puttana del re) is a 1990 drama film directed by Axel Corti and starring Timothy Dalton. It was entered into the 1990 Cannes Film Festival.[1]

The King's Whore
Film poster
Directed byAxel Corti
Produced byMaurice Bernart
Written byAxel Corti
Frederic Raphael
Jacques Tournier
Daniel Vigne
StarringTimothy Dalton
Music byGabriel Yared
CinematographyGernot Roll
Edited byBryan Oates
Distributed byMiramax Films
Release date
  • 14 November 1990 (1990-11-14)
Running time
138 minutes
United Kingdom


Set in the 17th-century, an Italian nobleman weds an impoverished countess, who is wooed by the Duke of Piedmont and faces pressure from his entire court to succumb to his wishes.



Originally picked up by Miramax Films for U.S. distribution, the film was never given the benefit of a U.S. theatrical release. The film was shown at various film festivals and in theaters overseas. The film was finally released on videocassette in 1993 by Vidmark Entertainment in the United States and in Canada by C/FP Video. In 2002, the film was released on a budget DVD by Platinum Disc.


  1. "Festival de Cannes: The King's Whore". Retrieved 5 August 2009.
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