Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) - Rotten Tomatoes

Kind Hearts and Coronets1949

Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)

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A distant poor relative of the Duke of D'Ascoyne plots to inherit the title by murdering the eight other heirs who stand ahead of him in the line of succession.

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Cast

Dennis Price
as Louis Mazzini
Valerie Hobson
as Edith D'Ascoyne
Cecil Ramage
as Crown Counsel
Hugh Griffith
as Lord High Steward
Lynn Evans
as The Farmer
John Salew
as Mr. Perkins
Eric Messiter
as Burgoyne
Anne Valery
as The Girl in the Punt
Arthur Lowe
as The Reporter
Lyn Evans
as The Farmer
Barbara Leake
as The Schoolmistress
Clive Morton
as Prison Governor
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Critic Reviews for Kind Hearts and Coronets

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (6)

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

August 17, 2011 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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.

September 3, 2010 | Full Review…

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

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

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

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…

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

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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

September 27, 2002 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Kind Hearts and Coronets

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 compelling showing the minutiae of the main character's plan to eliminate eight people in order to obtain a title.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Fantastic performances and a tightly wound script as well as some pitch black humour. Full review later.

Thomas Bowler
Thomas Bowler

Super Reviewer

½

An expertly crafted British black comedy, Kind Hearts and Coronets features a remarkably witty script and eight iconic performances from Sir Alec Guinness as every member of the antagonist d'Ascoyne family, not to mention the marvelously cheeky work Dennis Price put forth as the lead anti-hero. A true treat of cinematic cynicism in a fresh, post-WWII European society.

Kristijonas Fussman
Kristijonas Fussman

Super Reviewer

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