7.6/10
2,840
55 user 20 critic

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(scenario and dialogue), (idea)
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Shock Troop (1934)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

This powerful anti-war film statement focuses on the plight of a German unit in World War I that finds itself surrounded by British and French forces.

Directors: Ludwig Schmid-Wildy, Hans Zöberlein
Stars: Ludwig Schmid-Wildy, Beppo Brem, Max Zankl
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The young and patriotic student Demachy joins the French army in 1914 to defend his country. But he and his comrades soon experience the terrifying, endless trench war in Champagne, where ... See full summary »

Director: Raymond Bernard
Stars: Pierre Blanchar, Gabriel Gabrio, Charles Vanel
Action | Comedy | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Romance in the prime of life. When Lise's car bumps Antoine's bike, they recognize each other from a brief fling 20 years before while at the Sorbonne. He's now a professor of Greek; she's ... See full summary »

Director: Philippe de Broca
Stars: Annie Girardot, Philippe Noiret, Catherine Alric
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Diego is one of the chief of the spanish Communist Party. He is travelling back to Paris (where he lives) from a mission in Madrid. He is arrested at the border for an identity check but ... See full summary »

Director: Alain Resnais
Stars: Yves Montand, Ingrid Thulin, Geneviève Bujold
Certificate: M Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A Marquise who lures motorists to her hotel by sabotaging their cars gets more than she bargains for when one guest turns out to be a bank robber on the run

Director: Philippe de Broca
Stars: Yves Montand, Madeleine Renaud, Maria Schell
Fate of a Man (1959)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

The story of a man (Andrey Sokolov) whose life was ruthlessly crippled by World War II. His wife and daughters were killed during the bombing of his village, he spent some time as a ... See full summary »

Director: Sergey Bondarchuk
Stars: Sergey Bondarchuk, Pavel Boriskin, Zinaida Kirienko
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In Paris around 1900, Georges Randal is brought up by his wealthy uncle, who steals his inheritance. Georges hopes to marry his cousin Charlotte, but his uncle arranges for her to marry a ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Malle
Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Geneviève Bujold, Marie Dubois
Le cavaleur (1979)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Pianist deemed Edouard Choiseur continues to run between sentimental and professional contingencies. When his wife threatened to leave him, he decided to devote some time to his family.

Director: Philippe de Broca
Stars: Jean Rochefort, Nicole Garcia, Jean-Claude Ventura
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Alexandre, a young and honest farmer, is oppressed by an authoritarian wife, who makes him work like a dog. When she dies in a car crash, he decides to stay in bed, absolutely free and ... See full summary »

Director: Yves Robert
Stars: Philippe Noiret, Françoise Brion, Marlène Jobert
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Antoine was raised into the easy life by his very rich grandfather. After the death of his grandfather the money has gone and Antoine falls under the influence of various easy people.

Director: Philippe de Broca
Stars: Jean-Pierre Cassel, Irina Demick, Catherine Deneuve
The Joker (1960)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Edouard Berlon (Jean-Pierre Cassel) is a happy-go-lucky rogue who takes nothing seriously and flits irresponisbly from one affair to another. When he meets Helene Larouch (Anouk Aimee), he ... See full summary »

Director: Philippe de Broca
Stars: Anouk Aimée, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Palau
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Directors: Oswald Mitchell, Walter Tennyson
Stars: Will Fyffe, Gwenllian Gill, Richard Dolman
Edit

Cast

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

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

De Broca's Crowning Touch!

Genres:

Drama | Comedy | War

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

| |

Release Date:

19 June 1967 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

King of Hearts  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Film debut of Julien Guiomar. See more »

Goofs

The stairs/ladder Plumpick uses to climb to the top of the blockhouse appear out of nowhere. See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in Frances Ha (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

La Valse Tordue
Written and Performed by Georges Delerue Et Son Orchestre
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Foreign Film Classic
16 January 2004 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

It's World War I, and a Scottish Private named Plumpick (Alan Bates) is ordered to infiltrate a French village and stop a bomb that the Germans have planted from going off. Upon arriving, Plumpick discovers the entire village deserted, except for the patients of the local insane asylum, who have been left behind. The patients soon escape the asylum, play dress-up with the various clothes they find lying around the village, and take it over. Not only this, but they crown Plumpick their king! With the German army still in the vicinity nearby, Plumpick must find the bomb, diffuse it, and save his "subjects" from certain death....

An all-time foreign film classic, "Le Roi De Coeur," aka "King Of Hearts," is a marvelous movie, full of sweetness, charm, and both clever comedy & fine drama that also comments very well on the stupidity of war. Alan Bates, who sadly passed away recently, is simply wonderful as Private Plumpick, as is the lovely Genevieve Bujold as the young patient named Poppy that Plumpick falls for, and Adolfo Celi is quite funny as Plumpick's stuffy superior officer. The rest of the film's big ensemble cast, whether playing the asylum patients or various soldiers, are all excellent, too.

The only thing that stops "King Of Hearts" from being perfect is that it *could* very well be argued that the insane asylum patients in this movie aren't...well, *insane* enough. They may speak strangely to one another or to Private Plumpick, but, for the most part, they act & behave quite coherently. But other than that, "King Of Hearts" is a very charming foreign film, and one of the very best films of the late, great Alan Bates. Definitely seek this one out.


25 of 27 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
My father wrote the original short story jsmick-2
Dubbed Version gotbrett
Extended ending rdapiran
Copy available? bassrolf
Recently in the news rabbixu
What town? yowzer-1
Discuss King of Hearts (1966) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?