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The Inheritance (1997)

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



(teleplay), (novel)

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Credited cast:
Edith Adelon
Amy Hamilton
Frederick Arlington
Michael Gallagher ...
Arliss Johnson
James Percy
Beatrice Hamilton
Alicia Bergman ...
Michelle Davison ...
Blacksmith (as Henry Sanders)
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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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Release Date:

6 April 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das Geheimnis der Lady Adelon  »

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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 »


Henry Hamilton: I was just remembering
Henry Hamilton: a gust of wind. That first moment... it was summer. You were so young. If I'd been your father, I'd have shot me. You were wearing white and your hair was tied back, so politely. And then a little gust of wind suddenly did what I'd wanted to do since I'd first saw you. It just took a little strand of your hair and just caressed your face with it. And I knew then that I'd love you forever. That's what I'll remember, Bea.
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By the numbers pap
25 May 2008 | by See all my reviews

I rented this film because I love Tom Conti, and when he's on screen, I enjoyed it. Otherwise, it's formulaic and stagy: the characters are two-dimensional, the plot development obvious in the extreme. Anyone who's surprised by anything here must never have seen another movie or read a novel. I was particularly offended that we're told in advance of his entrance "not to be put off by the physical appearance" of character James Percy. So who walks in but Thomas Gibson, looking like a dark-haired Adonis. This is Hollywood TV at it's shallowest. Another reviewer said the movie is far better than the book. It must be truly ghastly.

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