King of Hearts

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Released 1967

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King of Hearts

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Director:
Philippe de Broca
Released:
1967
Rating:
R
Directed by Philippe de Broca, King of Hearts is a 1966 French film starring Alan Bates, Genevieve Bujold, and Pierre Brasseur. The film tells the story of Private Charles Plumpick (Bates), a young soldier ordered to go into the small French town of Marville to disconnect an explosive device planted by the Germans. When the Germans attack Plumpick on his way to Marville, he flees and hides in a local insane asylum. The residents of the asylum believe that Plumpick is the "King of Hearts" and look to him as their leader. Plumpick feels obligated to help the residents, and so he tries to lead them out of the asylum, but they are afraid. Eventually he is able to disarm the bomb, and when he returns to the asylum to once again try and help them, they kidnap him. When it was released, this outrageous comic masterpiece became an allegory for many Americans that believed that they were fighting an unnecessary war in Vietnam.moreless

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Comedy

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Satire, Foreign Language, Classics