King of Hearts
King of Hearts (1967)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 19, 1967
DVD Release Date: April 10, 2001
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The outrageous comical fable became a sleeper cult hit, that offers more spectacle than story.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Depending on your taste and mood, this will all be charming or more than a little cloying. But can you really hate a movie with a white camel in it?

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

The most cloying of cult films.

Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

a minor masterpiece

David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

This engaging 1966 comedy isn't de Broca's best movie, but it was so popular with American audiences in the late '60s that it's still one of the era's most fondly remembered cult classics.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Near classic Alan Bates vehicle

Ted Prigge

A really hilarious and very pleasing film that doesn't argue its message with the viewer via corny or ignorant measures.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Randy Tippy
"In a mad world only the mad are sane." -Akira Kurosawa
Jason Spencer
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.
Cindy I
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… More
jay nixon
not for all tastes but if you're game its enjoyable