Kind Hearts and Coronets
Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)

Alec Guinness gets to die eight times, playing a line of successors to a dukedom, in the Ealing black comedy Kind Hearts and Coronets. Louis Mazzini (Dennis Price) is ninth in line to inherit the dukedom from the aristocratic D'Ascoyne… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: June 21, 1949
DVD Release Date: September 10, 2002
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Ben Walters
Time Out

At once a witty comedy of manners, a grotesque serial-killer caper and an acerbic satire on the class system.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

It's a brilliantly cynical film without a hint of middle-class guilt or bitterness.

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Patrick Gibbs
Daily Telegraph (UK)

A high comedy that is enlivened with cynicism, loaded with dramatic irony and shot through with a suspicion of social satire.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Robert Hamer's 1949 film is often cited as the definitive black, eccentric British comedy, yet it's several cuts better than practically anything else in the genre.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

The sly and adroit Mr. Guinness plays eight Edwardian fuddy-duds with such devastating wit and variety that he naturally dominates the film.

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Keir Roper-Caldbeck
The Skinny

Shot through with pitch black humour and biting satire on both the moribund upper class and the grasping venality of the suburban middle class.

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Variety Staff

Translation to a screen comedy has been effected with a mature wit.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Despite its murders and intrigues, its betrayals and blood feuds, Kind Hearts and Coronets has a dry and detached air.

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Philip French
Observer (UK)

Hamer had a particular liking for the late-Victorian/Edwardian world and was a great Francophile.

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Flixster Audience Score: 94% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
Alec Guinness is fantastic playing eight different characters but it is Dennis Price who shines in this witty, delightful British dark comedy that proves so… More
Kevin M. Williams
Sir Alec Guinness does a remarkable job indeed playing an entire family (!) slated for revenge after disowning a member who simply marries for love rather than… More
Thomas Bowler
Fantastic performances and a tightly wound script as well as some pitch black humour. Full review later.
Daniel Mumby
Since the brand was revived several years ago, Ealing Studios have developed a reputation for quaintness. With the exception of John Landis' underrated… More
Kristijonas Fussman
An expertly crafted British black comedy, Kind Hearts and Coronets features a remarkably witty script and eight iconic performances from Sir Alec Guinness as… More
Cassandra Maples
The best and most loved of the Ealing Comedies is also the darkest. Kind Hearts and Coronets is probably most famous today as "that film in which Alec… More