King of Hearts (1967)




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Movie Info

The French/Italian/British film takes place during WWI. Adolfo Celi plays a British colonel who orders mild-mannered Scotsman Alan Bates to undertake a life-or-death mission in a tiny French village. While evacuating the town, the Germans have left behind a bomb that will explode at midnight; Bates must defuse that bomb.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Maurice Bessy, Daniel Boulanger
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 10, 2001
MGM Home Entertainment



as Charles Plumpick

as Coquelicot

as Colonel Alexander Ma...

as General Géranium

as Mme. Eglantine

as Bishop Daisy

as The Crazy Barber

as Lt. Hamburger

as Col. Helmut Von Krac...

as Mac Fish

as Alberic

as Alberic

as Gontrand

as English Officer
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Critic Reviews for King of Hearts

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (5)

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.

Full Review… | May 6, 2003
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The most cloying of cult films.

Full Review… | May 6, 2003
Village Voice
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Full Review… | December 8, 2011
Time Out
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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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.

Full Review… | April 10, 2011

Audience Reviews for King of Hearts

"In a mad world only the mad are sane." -Akira Kurosawa

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer


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."

Cindy I

Super Reviewer

not for all tastes but if you're game its enjoyable

jay nixon

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