King of Hearts


King of Hearts

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During World War I, Scottish soldier Private Plumpick (Academy Award (R) Nominee, Alan Bates) is sent on a mission to a village in the French countryside to disarm a bomb set by the retreating German army. Plumpick encounters a strange town occupied by the former residents of the local psychiatric hospital who escaped after the villagers deserted. Assuming roles like Bishop, Duke, barber and circus ringmaster, they warmly accept the visitor as their King of Hearts. With his reconnaissance and bomb-defusing mission looming, Plumpick starts to prefer the acceptance of the insane locals over the insanity of the war raging outside.

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Alan Bates
as Charles Plumpick
Adolfo Celi
as Colonel Alexander MacBibenbrook
Pierre Brasseur
as General Géranium
Micheline Presle
as Mme. Eglantine
Julien Guiomar
as Bishop Daisy
Michel Serrault
as The Crazy Barber
Marc Dudicourt
as Lt. Hamburger
Daniel Boulanger
as Col. Helmut Von Krack
as Alberic
Pierre Palau
as Alberic
Louis Jojot
as Gontrand
Pier Paolo Capponi
as English Officer
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Critic Reviews for King of Hearts

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (4)

Audience Reviews for King of Hearts

  • Jul 15, 2010
    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
  • Jan 18, 2009
    "In a mad world only the mad are sane." -Akira Kurosawa
    Randy T Super Reviewer
  • Apr 01, 2007
    not for all tastes but if you're game its enjoyable
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Jan 31, 2007
    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.
    Jason S Super Reviewer

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