Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)



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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 family. Louis vows to kill all eight people who stand between him and the duke's title. Aside from two cases of natural causes, Louis works through the list, eliminating rivals (all played by Guinness). Along the way he romances Sibella (Joan Greenwood), a … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: John Dighton, Robert Hamer
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 10, 2002


as Louis Mazzini

as Admiral d'Ascoyne, A...

as Edith D'Ascoyne

as Sibella

as Hangman

as The Reporter

as Prison Governor

as Mr. Perkins

as Crown Counsel

as The Farmer

as The Girl in the Punt

as Lord High Steward

as Burgoyne

as The Schoolmistress
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Critic Reviews for Kind Hearts and Coronets

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (6)

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

Full Review… | August 17, 2011
Time Out
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.

Full Review… | September 3, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | December 20, 2014
Daily Telegraph

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

Full Review… | September 1, 2011

Audience Reviews for Kind Hearts and Coronets

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

Thomas Bowler

Super Reviewer


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

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 position but this really is the underrated Dennis Price's film as the suave and genteel soul of her revenge ... served cold. The heat herein comes from the ever deliciously sultry Joan Greenwood as his destined soulmate and only match.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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