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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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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Theatrical movie debut of Julien Guiomar (Monseigneur Marguerite). See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Monseigneur Marguerite: My God, I was so young! I already knew that to love the world you would have to get away from it.
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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 Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

La Valse Tordue
Written and Performed by Georges Delerue Et Son Orchestre
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A lifetime favourite
28 September 2002 | by MarkMillmanSee all my reviews

I saw King of Hearts on its original release when I was 15. For 35 years it has remained one of my favourite movies; perhaps the number one. Nothing in particular about the film so qualifies it. I like quite a number of "better" films, but KOH touched me in a way that stuck. It is an authentic movie; the reality is as simple as the english speaking english, the french french, and the germans german. The crazy people are sane, the sane people crazy. It is funny and tragic and perhaps a little too quirky but ... if you haven't tried it on you should.


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