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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marc Dudicourt Marc Dudicourt ... Lieutenant Hamburger
Daniel Boulanger Daniel Boulanger ... Le Colonel Von Krack
Paul Faivre Paul Faivre ... Le Coiffeur
Jacques Mauclair Jacques Mauclair ... Le Maire
Pier Paolo Capponi ... Un Officier Anglais (as Paolo Capponi)
Jacques Balutin Jacques Balutin ... Le Sergent Mac Fish
Adolfo Celi ... Le Colonel Mac Bibenbrook (as Adolfo Celli)
Alan Bates ... Le Soldat Charles Plumpick
Pierre Brasseur ... Le Général Géranium
Michel Serrault ... Monsieur Marcel
Jean-Claude Brialy ... Le Duc de Trèfle
Julien Guiomar ... Monseigneur Marguerite
Micheline Presle ... Madame Eglantine
Françoise Christophe ... La Duchesse
Geneviève Bujold ... Coquelicot
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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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De Broca's Crowning Triumph!

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Drama | Comedy | War

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Did You Know?

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 soldiers put Plumpick on the piano, both legs are on, but when he is taken off, one leg is hanging off. See more »

Quotes

Madame Eva alias Madame Eglantine: Charles, enter.
Le soldat Charles Plumpick alias le roi de coeur: Staying with us?
Madame Eva alias Madame Eglantine: To take the chill off, tell you of birds and bees.
Coquelicot: You don't know how? Neither do I.
Madame Eva alias Madame Eglantine: This is the bedroom. The bed. The lamp. The switch. I suggest a quiet moment. Then turn the light on. Examine the object of your desire carefully. Turn the light off again. Love is played like chess, black and white.
Coquelicot: Will he get naked?
Madame Eva alias Madame Eglantine: Yes. Don't be lewd. There's booze. I'll draw the curtains.
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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 No Man's Land (2001) 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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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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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