King of Hearts

Director:   Phillipe de Broca
Year:   1967
Language:   French with some German and English
Time:   102 minutes

During the latter part of World War I, a British private (Alan Bates) with no knowledge of ordnance is chosen to defuse a bomb planted by the Germans in a French town. Chased by some Germans he finds himself holed up at the local insane asylum, where the inmates are convinced that he is the "King of Hearts." Will he be able to deactivate the bomb in time and save his newfound friends?

Shown with English subtitles and not rated.

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