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The King's Whore [1990] (REGION 2) (PAL) [Dutch Import]

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely on my Top Ten List 11 Jan 2000
By "heckman888" - Published on Amazon.com
I rented The King's Whore many years ago, and it's been on my list of top 10 ever since. I recommended it to a friend in the "fair south" and found that the video was re-titled "The King's Mistress" in Texas. (It'd be easier to recommend a fabulous movie to friends if it didn't have the word "whore" in it). Aside from that, the movie is flawless and beautiful and tragic. The acting is fantastic, the scenery and costumes are superb, and Timothy Dalton is at his best. It may require patience of some to watch (it's not an action thriller), but it has an incredibly soulful ending. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shocking yet Engrossing 22 Sep 2001
By Esther - Published on Amazon.com
As a Timothy Dalton fan, I had to watch "The King's Whore" just to see a new side of my favourite actor, and I was completely drawn into it. There is a lot of fighting and it is rather risque at times, but the plot is memorable. I loved the costumes and the scenery of Europe--this is a period piece about a king who falls desperately in love with a young married woman. She feels trapped because every single person she knows and trusts blames her for not agreeing to serve her king--by becoming his mistress. It takes her own husband disbelieving that she has not yet gone to the king for her to succumb to the pressure, yet she never enjoys his presence at all. A war erupts with France and she becomes ill, and because of the king's love for her, he cannot concentrate on fighting a war and instead heals her himself. I won't give away the ending, but it's a superb film with excellent acting. I definitely recommend it, but caution everyone that it deserves it's 'R' rating.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OH, So So Passionate and a True Story too 9 July 2006
By Margaret T. Sacco - Published on Amazon.com
Not since "Duel in the Sun" has there been so much passion and lust on the screen. The king is so totally obsessed with one of his subject's wives that he loses everything to possess her.The king nurses his beloved back to health when she developes smallpox. The king's tenderness and loving care in these scenes are absolutely precious. When the king is dying the object of his obsession realizes that she loves him. However, it is too late for both of them. The movie is so erotic yet there is not any graphic depiction of sex. The sets and costumes are absolutely gorgeous.

Golina is so voluptuous not one of these 90 pound anorexics with one of the roundest and best derrieres in film Timothy Dalton is absolutely great in this movie and should have received an Academy Award for his compelling portrait of how love can drive one senseless and mad. He continues to be one of the greatest actors but his work continues to be unappreciated by critics and audiences except the few intelligent movie fans than recognize his greatness. Additionally, Hollywood producers can not see that he has soul and what a fantastic actor he is. Dalton gives his all in every part. He receives roles in films that do not give him an opportunity to ultilize his amazing range of acting skills. Dalton is always convincing in every role that he plays. The audience always gets their money worth when he is on the screen. Dalton continues to be so charismatic, however, his parts are consistently supporting roles, unchallenging and/or too small. It is tragic that Dalton's magneticism and presence has gotten larger while Hollywood films having gotten smaller. Unfortunately, Hollywood films of today are "techno gimic" flicks or silly comedies that appeal to the theater going public that have minds of ten-year-olds.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An undiscovered gem 5 Nov 1999
By Katherine M. Lawrence - Published on Amazon.com
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What happens when a powerful ruler lusts after a woman who is already spoken for; what happens when those who should resist the ruler not only stand mute, but even help him in his unreasonable lust?
Just this kernel should sustain the plot; but enter a powerful and angry woman who has to become the "king's whore."
Timothy Dalton is wonderful as he portrays a man who is so smitten he cannot govern with a clear head.
A tale worthy of Tanith Lee's "Sister's Grimmer."
Alas a bad title for a really good movie!
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! 20 Sep 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
The King's Whore blew me away. It engrossed me, I had to have it. It's not a movie most of my friends would watch, but it's a period piece, with the whole royal backstabber bunch at Court, with a kind of twisted romance. And Timothy Dalton in anything is too good to resist! Enjoy!
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