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King of Hearts

During World War I, Scottish soldier Private Plumpick 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 only by escapees from the local psychiatric hospital. 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.

Since its debut,
King of Hearts has become a worldwide cult favorite and stands out as one of de Broca’s most memorable films. Fifty years after its original release, this satirical look at the absurdities of war is presented in a gorgeous new 4K restoration for modern audiences to discover.

Format: Presented in 2K.

Played at

Playhouse 7, 3.09.18 - 3.15.18
Royal, 3.09.18 - 3.15.18
Town Center 5, 3.09.18 - 3.15.18
Rated NR This film is subtitled This film is subtitled
Runtime: 102 min
Language: English, French, German

Director: Philippe de Broca
Writer(s): Daniel Boulanger Maurice Bessy
Cast: Alan Bates, Françoise Christophe, Geneviève Bujold, Jean-Claude Brialy, Julien Guiomar, Michel Serrault, Micheline Presle, Pierre Brasseur