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Ealing Comedies
4.2
1,304 Ratings

Kind Hearts and Coronets

Directed by Robert Hamer
United Kingdom, 1949
Comedy, Crime
  • English
  • Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
Ealing Comedies

Synopsis

Dennis Price is sublime as an embittered young commoner determined to avenge his mother’s unjust disinheritance by ascending to her family’s dukedom. Unfortunately, eight relatives, all played by the incomparable Alec Guinness, must be eliminated before he can do so.

Our take

Our Ealing comedies series concludes with the studio’s (and director Robert Hamer’s) uncontested finest 1 hour and 46 minutes. Unlike most of the Ealing films that preceded it, this comedy is ink-black, the politics subversive, and the values amoral. Starring Alec Guinness in 8 different roles!

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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

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