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King of Hearts (1966)
"Le roi de coeur" (original title)

 -  Drama | Comedy | War  -  19 June 1967 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Pierre Brasseur ...
Le Général Géranium
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Le Duc de Trèfle
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Coquelicot
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Le Colonel Alexander MacBibenbrook
Françoise Christophe ...
La Duchesse
Julien Guiomar ...
Monseigneur Marguerite
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Madame Eva alias Madame Eglantine
Michel Serrault ...
Monsieur Marcel
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Le soldat Charles Plumpick alias le roi de coeur
Palau ...
Jacques Balutin ...
Mac Fish
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Un officier anglais (as Paolo Capponi)
Madeleine Clervanne ...
Brunehaut
Marc Dudicourt ...
Le Lieutenant Hamburger
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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 »

Goofs

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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A Scottish soldier tries to save a small French town in World War I.
9 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of greatest movies of all time, it is charming and sweet, funny and romantic. It is a unique film that at once captures the best of humanity and the folly of war. Set in a small town in World War I France, it has a crazy premise that works because the film is true to that premise to the very end. Everything about it is superb: the acting, the direction, the writing, the score, the cinematography. Alan Bates and Genevieve Bujold are perfectly cast in the lead, but the entire cast is great. The music is beautiful. The ending is brilliant.

If you rent it, be sure you get the subtitled version. It is in three languages (French, English, German), and the dubbed version loses a lot.


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