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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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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 the inmates return to the asylum at the end, they leave all manner of attire strewn around the entrance (umbrellas, wraps, etc.). Shortly afterward, as troops march by, those items are all gone. See more »

Quotes

Le Colonel Alexander MacBibenbrook: Vive la France!
Le Général Géranium: Vive la France? Vive la France? Vive la France?
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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 House of Fools (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Thème De La Joie De Vivre
Written and Performed by Georges Delerue Et Son Orchestre
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One of the great ones!
11 July 1999 | by lgjones-2See all my reviews

One of the great ones; makes you ask the question, " Who are the real lunatics?" Excellent cast and direction; done with rare humor, yet carries a profound message


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