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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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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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

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 »

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 Pavane
Written and Performed by Georges Delerue Et Son Orchestre
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One of the absolute best films of all time for so many reasons.
15 June 2003 | by rickconradSee all my reviews

A timeless and exquisite treatment of profound and compelling issues, this 1966 International collaboration, was one of the few films ever to give tasteful testimony to being truly sane, or maybe I should say being truly (in)sane in a cruel and berserk world. If you liked Life Is Beautiful, E.T., Star Wars, The Great Dictator, Gandhi, Henry V, Blazing Saddles, or Rain Man... you will probably love this movie. It remains for me among the top three or four, of all movies I have ever seen.


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