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King of Hearts (1966 film)

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Genre  Drama, Comedy, War
Country  France
7.6/10 IMDb

Director  Philippe de Broca
Music director  Georges Delerue
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Language  French, English, German
Writer  Daniel Boulanger, Maurice Bessy
Release date  21 December 1966 (1966-12-21)
Initial release  December 21, 1966 (France)
Screenplay  Daniel Boulanger, Maurice Bessy
Cast  Alan Bates (Charles Plumpick), Geneviève Bujold (Coquelicot), Pierre Brasseur (Le Général Géranium), Michel Serrault (Monsieur Marcel)
Similar movies  Related Philippe de Broca movies

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King of Hearts (original French title: Le Roi de cœur) is a 1966 French comedy-drama film directed by Philippe de Broca and starring Alan Bates.


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The film is set in a small town in France near the end of World War I. As the Imperial German Army retreats they booby trap the whole town to explode. The locals flee and, left to their own devices, a gaggle of cheerful lunatics escape the asylum and take over the town — thoroughly confusing the lone Scottish soldier who has been dispatched to defuse the bomb.

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Charles Plumpick (Bates) is a kilt-wearing French born Scottish soldier who is sent by his commanding officer to disarm a bomb placed in the town square by the retreating Germans.

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As the fighting comes closer to the town, its inhabitants—including those who run the insane asylum—abandon it. The asylum gates are left open, and the inmates leave the asylum and take on the roles of the townspeople. Plumpick has no reason to think they are not who they appear to be—other than the colorful and playful way in which they're living their lives, so at odds with the fearful and war-ravaged times. The lunatics crown Plumpick King of Hearts with surreal pageantry as he frantically tries to find the bomb before it goes off.

Theatrical releases

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When it was released in France in 1966, King of Hearts was not especially successful critically or at the box office with only 141,035 admissions.

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However, it achieved bona fide cult-film status, when United States distribution rights were picked up by Randy Finley and Specialty Films in Seattle in 1973. It was paired with Marv Newland's Bambi Meets Godzilla and John Magnuson's Thank You Mask Man and marketed under the heading "The King of Hearts and His Loyal Short Subjects." During the mid 1970s it was seen in repertory movie theaters across the United States, eventually running for five years at the now defunct film house, the Central Square Cinemas (2 screens) in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Main cast

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  • Jacques Balutin
  • Alan Bates
  • Daniel Boulanger
  • Pierre Brasseur
  • Jean-Claude Brialy
  • Geneviève Bujold
  • Pier Paolo Capponi
  • Adolfo Celi
  • Françoise Christophe
  • Daniel Prévost
  • Madeleine Clervanne
  • Marc Dudicourt
  • Julien Guiomar
  • Palau
  • Micheline Presle
  • Michel Serrault

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