IMDb > King of Hearts (1966)
Le roi de coeur
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

King of Hearts (1966) More at IMDbPro »Le roi de coeur (original title)

Photos (See all 6 | slideshow)

Overview

User Rating:
7.5/10   2,644 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Down 15% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writers:
Daniel Boulanger (scenario and dialogue)
Maurice Bessy (idea)
Contact:
View company contact information for King of Hearts on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
19 June 1967 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
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 »
User Reviews:
Cult film which needs to be seen more See more (54 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)

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
 

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Le roi de coeur" - France (original title)
See more »
Runtime:
102 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Filming Locations:
Company:

Did You Know?

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: When Plumpick rides in the dromedary-drawn carriage to the coronation, in the close-ups he sits to the left when speaking with Duchess, but in later shots he sits to her right.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) (TV)See more »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
22 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Cult film which needs to be seen more, 24 September 2001
Author: FilmFlaneur from London

De Broca's delightful and surreal anti-war fantasy quickly attained a cult status when it was first released, but in recent years it has dropped more and more out of sight. A shame, because it is a charming film, the whimsical, romantic nature of which is entirely French. Even though the underlying message, that of preferring one kind of insanity to another is a simple, absurdist one, the viewer is still carried along by the Gaullic charm of it all.

As the much-put-upon martial ornithologist, It's not just because Bates is the only English member of the cast that one is aware of some awkwardness in his casting. For English cinema goers in particular, familiar with his career, his usual jocular masculinity is hard to reconcile with an child-like character, swept along by events. Those who remember Bates and Oliver Reed wrestling nude in 'Women in Love' (1962) from the same period, or his cocky Vic in 'A Kind of Loving' (1962), may bulk at Bates portraying such a confused innocent. Having said that, Bates' actual performance is balanced and restrained, all of a piece with the rest of the cast.

'King of Hearts' is primarily an ensemble piece. Many of the film's most delightful moments spring from the fancy-filled and flirtatious lunatics who quickly fill the streets, shops and occupations left by the fleeing villagers, their interaction with each other, and Plumpick. This world of fantasy is curtailed by the village walls, which physically as well as mentally encircle their environment. Outside is reality (no matter how ludicrously it is presented), conflict, death. Inside the walls is harmony of sorts, life celebrated. This distinction between outside and inside is made clear in the film. As soon as Plumpick attempts to ride a horse back into the real world for help, the music and the mass accompaniment of him by the inmates has to end until he is obliged to return.

As the 'King of Hearts' Plumpick is at the center of his motley 'people', as well as of Coquelicot's (Geneviève Bujold) affections. Once he awards himself his name, in a panic and on the run, his 'subjects' call out for him. He is promptly 'crowned' (both by banging his head, inducing his initial confusion, and though acquiring his 'kingship'). He is awarded a bride, and accepted as an unique traveller into the society of the amiably mad. Their acceptance of him anticipates the final scene of the film, when a chastened Plumpick re-admits himself into their company, having rejected the larger insanity of warfare.

It's fitting in a way that the least successful parts of the film lay outside of the village, where comic stereotypes replace whimsy and the comedy is drawn with much broader strokes. In particular Colonel MacBibenbrook (Adolfo Celi, better known as Emil Largo in 'Thunderball') is uncomfortably close to parody, and his part would have been much better cast with an actor like Trevor Howard who could excel with a line in ironic bombast. The Germans fare no better and, although amusing and lightweight in their capers, one misses the delicacy with which the lunatics are portrayed. One suspects that De Broca associates more with the geniality of the insane, as we all do given the options, and this sympathy is reflected on screen

Tellingly, the lunatics are not completely oblivious to the hostile world which surrounds them, although they are content to ignore the immediate threat of destruction and Plumpick's warnings. At the end of the film, once the opposing forces have symbolically destroyed themselves, Marcel says:'I'm tired of this game, let's go back to our rooms'. With deliberate sadness, they divest themselves of their play robes and return to their asylum, a divestment scene at the same time quiet, serious and eminently sane. It is clear that they are mad - but not crazy.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (54 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for King of Hearts (1966)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
My father wrote the original short story jsmick-2
Extended ending rdapiran
Dubbed Version gotbrett
Copy available? bassrolf
Alternate Title = 'King of Hearts' in USA Latham_Loop
Recently in the news rabbixu
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
All Quiet on the Western Front The Grand Illusion Female Agents Joyeux Noel The Big Red One
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Drama section IMDb France section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.