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The Inheritance (1997)

A 19th-century woman, companion to a blue-blooded New England girl, falls for an aristocrat.

Director:

Bobby Roth

Writers:

Maria Nation (teleplay), Louisa May Alcott (novel)
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Cari Shayne ... Edith Adelon
Brigitta Dau ... Amy Hamilton
Paul Anthony Stewart ... Frederick Arlington
Brigid Brannagh ... Ida Glenshaw
Michael Gallagher Michael Gallagher ... Louis
Max Gail ... Arliss Johnson
Thomas Gibson ... James Percy
Tom Conti ... Henry Hamilton
Meredith Baxter ... Beatrice Hamilton
Alicia Bergman Alicia Bergman ... Emma
Michelle Davison Michelle Davison ... Cook
Henry G. Sanders ... Blacksmith (as Henry Sanders)
Paul Bartel ... Doctor
Rob Nilsson ... Minister
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lloyd Gordon ... Dancer
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Storyline

At the lush Evenswood estate in Concord, Massachusetts, Edith Adelon, a beautiful orphan, lives as the paid companion to the daughter of the wealthy Hamilton family, although they regard her as one of their own. Years ago, Henry Hamilton saved Edith from an Italian orphanage at the request of his long-deceased brother. Now, Edith is his daughter Amy's prized friend and confidante. As the Hamiltons await a trio of visitors for the annual Greens Cup horse race, Beatrice Hamilton asks for Edith's help in finding a suitable husband for a cousin, Ida Glenshaw, with one of two visiting eligible bachelors. But when it becomes clear that both the young men have affection for Edith and not Ida, jealousy soon develops, leading to malicious conniving and brutal backstabbing. Despite the growing love between Edith and one of the young suitors, because of their conflicting social classes, the couple is reminded time and again that their love can never be. The Inheritance is a story that centers on... Written by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

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Based on the Newly discovered novel by the Author of Little Women See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 April 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Geheimnis der Lady Adelon See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

One of eight (8) films available on the 2012, 2-DVD set, "British Cinema Collections: 8 Acclaimed Films". The films are:

Disc 1: "Love Among the Ruins" (1975), "THE INHERITANCE" (1997), Leo Tolstoy's "Anna Karenina" (1948), and Robert Louis Stevenson's "St. Ives" (1998).

Disc 2: "School for Seduction" (2004), "Dirty Pretty Things"" (2002), "Rogue Trader" (1999), and "Rowing with the Wind" (1988). See more »

Quotes

Ida Glenshaw: James Percy, what a lovely name, but you must hear that absolutly all the time.
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Quite enjoyable
1 January 2007 | by axsmashcrushallthreeSee all my reviews

I enjoyed this presentation of Louisa May Alcott's "The Inheritance". The story is broad and interesting, with great propulsion and a particularly satisfying ending. The characters initially appear to be broad as well, but the additions of class and gender consciousness flesh things out in such a way as one might expect from authors such as Jane Austin or Charlotte Bronte.

The story is beautifully photographed with excellent ensemble acting performed by numerous old pros, such as Tom Conti, Meredith Baxter, Max Gail, and others. Look fast for an amusing cameo by Paul Bartel as a doctor - it made me wish that Mary Woronov would have been cast as Ida.

I'd wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone. 7 out of 10.


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