King of Hearts (1966)

Rated NR 102 min. 2018

During World War I, Scottish soldier Private Plumpick (Academy Award® 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.

Film Credits

Director: Philippe de Broca

Writer: Daniel Boulanger

Producer: Philippe de Broca and Michelle de Broca

Cast: Alan Bates, Pierre Brasseur, Jean-Claude Brialy, Geneviève Bujold, Micheline Presle, Michel Serrault, Julien Guiomar, Adolfo Celi, Jacques Balutin and Yves Robert

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