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Le roi de coeur
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Director:
Writers:
Daniel Boulanger (scenario and dialogue)
Maurice Bessy (idea)
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Release Date:
19 June 1967 (USA) See more »
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De Broca's Crowning Touch!
Plot:
During the latter part of World War I, Private Charles Plumpick is chosen to go into the French town... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Pierre Brasseur ... Le Général Géranium

Jean-Claude Brialy ... Le Duc de Trèfle

Geneviève Bujold ... Coquelicot

Adolfo Celi ... Le Colonel Alexander MacBibenbrook
Françoise Christophe ... La Duchesse
Julien Guiomar ... Monseigneur Marguerite

Micheline Presle ... Madame Eva alias Madame Eglantine
Michel Serrault ... Monsieur Marcel

Alan Bates ... Le soldat Charles Plumpick alias le roi de coeur
Palau ... Alberic
Jacques Balutin ... Mac Fish

Pier Paolo Capponi ... Un officier anglais (as Paolo Capponi)
Madeleine Clervanne ... Brunehaut
Marc Dudicourt ... Le Lieutenant Hamburger
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Georges Adet ... L'aliéné-docteur (uncredited)
Jackie Blanchot ... Le Gabalou (uncredited)
Robert Blome ... Un aliéné (uncredited)
Jean-Marie Bon ... Un aliéné (uncredited)
Daniel Boulanger ... Le Colonel Helmut von Krack (uncredited)
Philippe de Broca ... Le capitaine Adolf Hitler (uncredited)
Philippe Bruneau ... Un académicien (uncredited)
Paul Faivre ... Le coiffeur (uncredited)
Georges Guéret ... Le soldat avec Mac Fish (uncredited)
Louis Jojot ... Gontrand (uncredited)
Jacques Mauclair ... Le maire (uncredited)
Daniel Prévost ... Le Général Vallemat (uncredited)
Yves Robert ... Le général Baderna (uncredited)
Sabine Sun ... Mimi la Rose (uncredited)
Sylvain ... Le suisse (uncredited)
Eric Vasberg ... Un soldat avec Mac Fish (uncredited)
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Directed by
Philippe de Broca 
 
Writing credits
Daniel Boulanger (scenario and dialogue)

Maurice Bessy (idea)

Produced by
Philippe de Broca .... producer
Michelle de Broca .... producer
 
Original Music by
Georges Delerue 
 
Cinematography by
Pierre Lhomme 
 
Film Editing by
Françoise Javet 
 
Production Design by
François de Lamothe 
 
Set Decoration by
François de Lamothe 
 
Costume Design by
Jacques Fonteray 
 
Production Management
Gérard Crosnier .... production manager
Jacques Juranville .... production manager
Jacques Juranville .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marc Monnet .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Jacques Carrère .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
François About .... assistant camera
Vincent Rossell .... still photographer
 
Other crew
Jean Richard .... animal handler
François Vila .... press agent
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Le roi de coeur" - France (original title)
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Runtime:
102 min
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia:
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:
Continuity: After standing up, Plumpick sees the bear. He then starts to run down the alleyway. His position in the street changes from when he stands to when he begins running.See more »
Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Dead End (1985)See more »

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25 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
A Foreign Film Classic, 16 January 2004
Author: Gazzer-2 from USA

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.

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