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King of Hearts (1966)

Le roi de coeur (original title)
During WW1, 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:
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 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. 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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Taglines:

De Broca's Crowning Triumph!

Genres:

Drama | Comedy | War

Certificate:

Unrated | 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

Gross USA:

$17,646, 12 April 2018
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 Marche Du Sacre
Written and Performed by Georges Delerue Et Son Orchestre
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Oh, So Wonderful
13 March 2000 | by carbonconfettiSee all my reviews

My mother had seen King of Hearts years ago, when she was in college. When I was about seven or eight (a few years ago, she rented the movie. Most of the movie is in French and it had subtitles, so even though I could just barely understand what was being said, I had a wonderful understanding of what was going on. It's the type of movie where what's on screen is enough to let a person get a gist of the scene. When I first saw the movie, I remembered how lovely the music was, how I grew to love the "crazy" people from the asylum, and how beautiful the movie was. When my mom bought the movie, we watched it constantly. I still watch it at least once a month. It's one of my favorite movies. I really do love the music. For me, it simulates fun insanity. I love every single aspect of King of Hearts. If you ever have a chance to see it, then go! Go see King of Hearts!


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