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King of Hearts (1966)

Le roi de coeur (original title)
Unrated | | Drama, Comedy, War | 19 June 1967 (USA)
During the latter part of World War I, Private Charles Plumpick is chosen to go into the French town of Marville and disconnect a bomb that the German army has planted. However, Charles is ... See full summary »

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During the latter part of World War I, Private Charles Plumpick is chosen to go into the French town of Marville and disconnect a bomb that the German army has planted. However, Charles is chased by some Germans and finds himself holed up at the local insane asylum, where the inmates are convinced that he is the "King of Hearts." Feeling obligated to help the inmates, Charles attempts to lead them out of town, but they are afraid to leave and frolic about the streets in gay costumes. Will Charles be able to deactivate the bomb in time and save his newfound friends? Written by Rick Gregory <rag.apa@email.apa.org>

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Cited by lyrics author and poet Horacio Ferrer as a direct influence in his masterpiece "Balada para un loco", co-written with the great musician Astor Piazzolla. See more »

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When the inmates return to the asylum at the end, they leave all manner of attire strewn around the entrance (umbrellas, wraps, etc.). Shortly afterward, as troops march by, those items are all gone. See more »

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The credits rise and then fall to coincide with the sound of a large clock. See more »

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Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) See more »

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Thème Du Retour À L'Asile
Written and Performed by Georges Delerue Et Son Orchestre
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Great, Charming, Profound
15 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

The King of Hearts should be seen by a new generation of viewers now in the

summer of 2004. This is a great fable--which during the 1980s might have

seemed dated, but now is more relevant than ever. It is a great meditation on war. As a movie, the circus-like atmosphere and characters combine to form a grand entertainment. We get seduced by the world of childlike imagination and sense of wonder we see in the inmates. We embrace them. Great

philosophical moments abound--all surrounded by beautiful colors, wonderfully funny moments and a gorgeous music score. The final scene is such a classic-- and takes the audience by such surprise--one goes out of the film absolutely

exhilarated. A funny, charming and ultimately profound film.


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