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 duke... read more
DVD Release Date: September 10, 2002
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November 9, 2012
Fantastic performances and a tightly wound script as well as some pitch black humour. Full review later.
November 5, 2012fb732260458
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 ...
July 7, 2012
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 c...
September 12, 2011
Since the brand was revived several years ago, Ealing Studios have developed a reputation for quaintness. With the exception of John Landis' underrated Burke and Hare, the majority of the new Ealing's output has been frothy, often retrograde films designed solely for the export m...
February 10, 2011
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 Guinness plays eight characters." That said, it is Denis Price as Louis Mazzini, the charming, urbane serial killer, who really s...
January 2, 2011
A fun and charming black comedy about revenge in the most polite possible way. As fun and as clever as Kind Hearts and Coronets was and for as generally impressive as every other element of the movie was, the real draw was watching Alec Guinness successfully and remarkably tackle...
May 2, 2010
From the famous british production company of the 40s and 50s, Ealing films (which produced such films as "The Ladykillers" and "The Lavender Hill Mob"), comes Robert Hamer's "Kind Hearts and Coronets", a film that combines elements of Hitchcock and Peter Sellers. Louis Mazzini ...
April 23, 2010
A film about a "matter of some delicacy."
I've never been a big fan of the "Ealing comedies", so when I saw this was made there I wasn't sure I was going to like it. But all the positive press it's gotten over the years made me give it a chance. And I was NOT disappointed. Thi...
May 6, 2009
A film that is remarkable for many reasons, eight of which are Alec Guinness. He played each of his roles with such pizazz that I kept flashing back (or flashing forward, depending on your point of view) to the late, great Peter Sellers. Guinness is beyond brilliant.
March 18, 2009
Kind Hearts And Coronets is an curious blend of black-hearted comedy and social satire. Dennis Price plays a disowned nobleman who hatches a plan to murder the 12 members of his family who stand between him and a Dukedom which he sees as his stolen birthright. He is fantastic as ...
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