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Le Roi de coeur (King Of Hearts) (1967)

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The French/Italian/British King of Hearts (Le Roi de Coeur) takes place during World War I, but it might as well have been the Vietnamese conflict so far as its youthful "core" audience was concerned. Overacting outrageously, Adolfo Celi plays British colonel Alexander MacBibenbrook, who orders mild-mannered Scotsman Pvt. Charles Plumpick (Alan Bates) to undertake a life-or-death mission in a tiny French village. While evacuating the town, the Germans have left behind a time bomb that will

Unrated,

Classics, Comedy

Daniel Boulanger, Maurice Bessy

Apr 10, 2001

MGM Home Entertainment

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It's the kind of comic allegory about war that depends on muddleheadedness in order to make much sense, but if you're feeling muddleheaded, you might find yourself charmed and enchanted by the conceit.

May 6, 2003 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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The most cloying of cult films.

May 6, 2003 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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De Broca's anti-war parable about who's sane and who's mad is not very deep but it's innocently charming. It was extremely popular when released in 1966, becoming a cult movie in campuses.

April 10, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

The outrageous comical fable became a sleeper cult hit, that offers more spectacle than story.

September 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

a minor masterpiece

February 7, 2005
Shadows on the Wall

Near classic Alan Bates vehicle

October 24, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Depending on your taste and mood, this will all be charming or more than a little cloying. But can you really hate a movie with a white camel in it?

June 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

This engaging 1966 comedy isn't de Broca's best movie, but it was so popular with American audiences in the late '60s that it's still one of the era's most fondly remembered cult classics.

May 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

A really hilarious and very pleasing film that doesn't argue its message with the viewer via corny or ignorant measures.

May 6, 2003 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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Audience Reviews for Le Roi de coeur (King Of Hearts)

"In a mad world only the mad are sane." -Akira Kurosawa
May 25, 2011
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Randy Tippy

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When the populace of a small French town during WWI evacuates because of a bomb threat from the Germans, Pvt. Charles Plumpick (Alan Bates) is sent in to diffuse the bomb. What he doesn't know -- but we do -- is that the people he encounters in the town are all lunatic asylum escapees. In a lot of ways, the patients seem more sane than the officers and soliders involved in the war....they are definitely happier. The lesson of this film might be "Ignorance is bliss," or maybe "Sanity isn't all it's cracked up to be."
August 3, 2010
webalina

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not for all tastes but if you're game its enjoyable
April 1, 2007
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jay nixon

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A soldier is sent into a town of crazy people during the war and finds that maybe the crazy ones are the people outside the town.
January 31, 2007
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