King of Hearts (1967)
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as Charles Plumpick
as Colonel Alexander MacBibenbrook
as General Géranium
as The Duke
as Mme. Eglantine
as The Duchess
as Bishop Daisy
as The Crazy Barber
as Lt. Hamburger
as Col. Helmut Von Krack
as Mac Fish
as English Officer
Critic Reviews for King of Hearts
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.
The most cloying of cult films.
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.
The outrageous comical fable became a sleeper cult hit, that offers more spectacle than story.
a minor masterpiece
Near classic Alan Bates vehicle
Audience Reviews for King of Hearts
"In a mad world only the mad are sane." -Akira Kurosawa
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."
not for all tastes but if you're game its enjoyable
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