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King of Hearts (1966)

Le roi de coeur (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Comedy, War | 19 June 1967 (USA)
During World War I, a British private, sent ahead to a French town to scout for enemy presence, is mistaken for a King by the colorful patients of an insane asylum.

Director:

Philippe de Broca

Writers:

Daniel Boulanger (scenario and dialogue), Maurice Bessy (idea)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Alan Bates ... Le soldat Charles Plumpick alias le roi de coeur
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
Palau ... Alberic
Jacques Balutin Jacques Balutin ... Mac Fish
Pier Paolo Capponi ... Un officier anglais (as Paolo Capponi)
Madeleine Clervanne Madeleine Clervanne ... Brunehaut
Marc Dudicourt Marc Dudicourt ... Le Lieutenant Hamburger
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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. Written by Rick Gregory <rag.apa@email.apa.org>

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Taglines:

De Broca's Crowning Triumph!

Genres:

Drama | Comedy | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | English | German

Release Date:

19 June 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

King of Hearts See more »

Filming Locations:

Senlis, Oise, France

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,443, 25 February 2018

Gross USA:

$17,646

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,130
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Director Philippe de Broca played a soldier named "Adolf", who has a mustache like Hitler, in one of the first scenes. See more »

Goofs

When Plumpick is trapped in the wires and hits his head, he is tangled. When he wakes up, he is free of the wires, the posture of his body has changed, and his location in the street has changed. See more »

Quotes

Le soldat Charles Plumpick alias le roi de coeur: I wonder, sir, if you have the right Plumpick, sir. You see, I'm an ornithology specialist.
Le Colonel Alexander MacBibenbrook: This calls for a specialist, Pumpernickel.
Le soldat Charles Plumpick alias le roi de coeur: Plumpick.
Le Colonel Alexander MacBibenbrook: Nickel!
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in WALL·E (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

La Valse Tordue
Written and Performed by Georges Delerue Et Son Orchestre
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Great, Charming, Profound
15 May 2004 | by middleburgSee 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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