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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 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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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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De Broca's Crowning Triumph!

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Drama | Comedy | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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 Plumpick rides in the dromedary-drawn carriage to the coronation, in the close-ups he sits to the left when speaking with Duchess, but in later shots he sits to her right. See more »

Quotes

Madame Eva alias Madame Eglantine: What curls!
La Duchesse: She'll have to stick out her chest more. Head still. Only the legs move.
Madame Eva alias Madame Eglantine: Some blue on the eyelids. An orange blossom in her bosom.
Coquelicot: Can't I go as I am?
Madame Eva alias Madame EglantineLa Duchesse: What a good idea!
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Crazy Credits

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

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La Marche Du Sacre
Written and Performed by Georges Delerue Et Son Orchestre
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They don't make them like this anymore
17 November 2004 | by RDenialSee all my reviews

As I was reading through the comments here for "King of Hearts" I noticed two different schools of thought on the film. Many, like myself, have fond memories of seeing this film in the 60s and 70s and were delighted by it. The other comments come from younger viewers who see this film as being "dated" and not that funny, yet worthwhile viewing. At first I was a little miffed at this generations comments about a gem of my generation, until it dawned on me that they were somewhat correct. The film is a bit dated because they just do not make films like this anymore. It was never meant to be knee slapping funny. The humor was a non-intrusive "gentle" humor that seems to be a foreign concept in this day and age. Another reason many younger viewers do not "get" this film is because one of the themes here is non-conformity. This was a crucial concern of those growing up in the 60s. We wanted our individuality to show and not be just a number. Society has did a 180 since then. Today people are more concerned with fitting in than standing out. So yes, this film possibly is a bit dated. It is a bit of movie magic from a far simpler time and I have a feeling that there are a lot of people under 30 who would not see this as dated at all. King of Hearts is one of a small handful of films that celebrates the simple magic of being alive. Come and experience it.


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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | English | German

Release Date:

19 June 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Mono

Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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