Kind Hearts and Coronets

1949 NR 1h 46m DVD

Kind Hearts and Coronets

1949 NR 1h 46m DVD
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Alec Guinness portrays eight different members of the D'Ascoyne clan, a wealthy family that is being bumped off one by one as a disowned scion, Louis (Dennis Price), murders each heir in his way of inheriting the bloodline's dukedom and fortune. Guinness is mesmerizing in this black comedy as he disappears into each various role -- young and old, male and female. Valerie Hobson and Joan Greenwood co-star as Louis's divergent love interests.
Alec Guinness, Dennis Price, Valerie Hobson, Joan Greenwood, Audrey Fildes, Miles Malleson, Clive Morton, John Penrose, Cecil Ramage, Hugh Griffith
Robert Hamer
Full Screen 1.33:1
English: Dolby Digital Mono
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this story revolves around murder and relies heavily on dialogue. Adultery is also a discreet, but obvious theme and a racially-insensitive version of a children's chant is recited. But what makes the movie particularly unsuited to younger kids is its verbosity. Even teens may find that all the talking taxes their patience, but those who can absorb all the dialogue (and understated, dry English wit) will be rewarded with a classic black comedy.

Sexual Content

Adultery is a discreet but obvious theme.


Although a half dozen people are killed, there's no on-screen mayhem.


The politically incorrect version of "Eeny Meeny Miney Moe" is recited.

Social Behavior

Not applicable


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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