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1,976 Ratings

Kind Hearts and Coronets

Directed by Robert Hamer
United Kingdom, 1949
Comedy, Crime


Louis is shunned by his family, the noble and snobbish d’Ascoynes, as a result of his mother’s marriage to a foreign commoner. After his mother’s death, Louis becomes determined to avenge her and inherit the family title. Unfortunately, eight relatives must be eliminated before he can do so.

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Kind Hearts and Coronets Directed by Robert Hamer

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

1949 | Winner: Best Production Design (International Award)

National Board of Review

1950 | 2 wins including: Best Actor

BAFTA Awards

1950 | Nominee: Best British Film

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

1950 | 3rd place: Best Actor

Critics reviews

A savage jest, saturated with class hatred and narrated in a tone of droll understatement by its unflappable serial-killer protagonist, Louis Mazzini (Dennis Price).
November 28, 2019
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With a broad range of characters—young and old, men and women, as caricatures or with honesty—Kind Hearts is perhaps the perfect example of Guinness’ work with the Ealing comedies, as an actor whose ability to embody a diverse cast never got bogged down in garrish pantomime. With naturalism, Guinness’ roles in his Ealing comedies brought a human realness to the absurdity of the films.
June 29, 2018
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