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Kind Hearts and Coronets: A Terrific Film
- Surendra Bhimani
This is an underrated gem. It is a clever, even-paced mystery, full of humor. First and foremost, it is a comedy, a very intelligent comedy. It has many good things going for it. Alec Guinness successfully playing eight roles has been much touted, and rightly so, but Dennis Price is more than his match here, and is nothing short of great. He has played his role of the protagonist to perfection, bringing out all the shades of his character into full play. What is also remarkable is the use of the English language here. It is of such high quality, and still not heavy. The language as used through the voice-over narration of Dennis Price's character is rich yet easy-flowing, and is a treat to the ear and the mind. It is effective and altogether charming; I have to try really hard to find a parallel from all the films I have seen where language has been used so beautifully and effectively. A murder mystery without any blood and guts splashed on the screen, and set in the early 20th century England, it may be found low-key by some, but the flow of the story, aided very ably by Price's witty voice-over narration pulls the viewer in. Also, although the culprit is known early on, the suspense to find out the final outcome is not lessened by the fact. All in all a charmer. TCM should include this fine film in its Essentials lineup. See this terrific film.
Help me out
Someone help me out....at the end of this wonderful movie, Tiffany Vasquez referenced Alec Guinness' biography 'Blessings in Disguise' in which he stated that he wanted to be insured before making the balloon scene. After producers refused this request, she states that a professional balloonist was used dressed as "Niven's character" and as the balloon did meet with unforeseen circumstances, Alec Guinness did sit smugly down to dinner. How did she confuse these two actors so badly? Or am I the confused viewer? Was David Niven in this movie? Did he and Alec Guiness share a role? Is Miss Vasquez just phoning it and not even paying attention to her own words? I do miss Mr. Robert Osborne . The level of professionalism that he brought to this channel is obviously lacking since his passing.
Kind Hearts and Coronets
- Eric A
What doesn't this have?
Nothing. Its a comedy, social commentary, a historical reflection of the times, a funny film about a serial killer, who manages to win our respect and admiration at the cost of forgetting he is a murderer. Or should he be called an righteous killer who revenges his mothers insult? There are two great acting performances. As usual, Guiness is brilliant. One of the few actors who really deserved his British knight ship. Dennis Price, an relatively unknown actor who has work as an actor for years, shows that he was the acting equal to Guiness. Guiness plays many parts, the fool, the harmless idiot, the greedy Lord while Price plays the killer, who cleverly and single handedly kills his way to the top. Which basically is how most of the British aristocracy managed over the centuries.
Watch this movie!
Dennis Price is perfection in this movie - one of the funniest performances in movie history
Kind Hearts and Coronets
Overall-5/5Lead Performers-5/5Supporting Cast-5/5Director-4 1/2 out of 5Score-4/5Titles-4/5Screenplay-5/5Cinematography-4 1/2 out of 5Importance-5/5Recommendation to fans of the genre-5/5
Kind hearts of Coronets
This is one of the greatest movies I have ever watched. Thank you Turner Classic Movies. This is a movie that could be remaid and still have a great plot. But since I have seen the original I wish I could see it more than the one time I caught it on Turner Classic Movies. I wish I could watch it this weekend because its great to watcher over and over like watching Gone with the Wind.
Can't wait to see this gem again this evening
One of the three great black comedies
- martin kealey
'Kind Hearts and Coronets' stands with 'Arsenic and Old Lace' and "Dr Strangelove' as one of the best black comedies ever made. A subtly delicious work with a dry sense of wit and occasional touch of the absurd (like the Admiral Dascoyne going down with his ship), 'Kind Hearts and Coronets' showcases the excellent talents of a top notch cast; the most noted being the late Sir Alec Guiness as all the family members targeted by the protagonist (antagonist?). A great film that never gets stale.
I think the real star of this picture is Dennis Price.
Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
- James Higgins
The dry British humor in this film is so wonderful. Alec Guiness delivers a memorable and quite brilliant performance. Great story excellently handled by director Robert Hamer and the screenplay is a delight. A great classic that is tremendously entertaining.
The Apex of Black Comedy
This film is black comedy at its best. Such witty, brilliant humor is hardly seen anywhere else. The storyline--a man who decides to avenge his disowned mother by killing everyone who is next in line between him and his dukedom. What could be more humorous than the way he decides to pick them all off as subtly as possible? Alec Guiness is all of the victims--and he is marvelous at them all.
Wonderful British Comedy
- Bob Galvin-Oliphant
This is British comedy at its best. Alec Guinness, performing eight different roles, is wonderful! Well worth watching.