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The Inheritance (1997)

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

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Edith Adelon
Brigitta Dau ...
Amy Hamilton
Paul Anthony Stewart ...
Frederick Arlington
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Ida Glenshaw
Michael Gallagher ...
Louis
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Arliss Johnson
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James Percy
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Henry Hamilton
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Beatrice Hamilton
Alicia Bergman ...
Emma
Michelle Davison ...
Cook
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Blacksmith (as Henry Sanders)
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Doctor
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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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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 »

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Ida Glenshaw: James Percy, what a lovely name, but you must hear that absolutly all the time.
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Laughter and tears
9 October 2004 | by (Wheaton, Illinois) – See all my reviews

My roommates and I watched this movie after a long, stressful day, and we laughed and cried. Henry Hamilton steals the show with tasteful humor and well-timed wit. As a Louisa May Alcott story, yes, it's a chick flick and sappy, but even men will love Henry's humor, in addition to a fast-paced horse race and several heated arguments. The music is descriptive; when you first meet "the bad guy," the music takes a foreboding turn. Some lines are cheesy, and Ida will drive you crazy, but all in all, it's a fun, romantic, and enjoyable film the whole family can enjoy, free of nudity and violence and almost entirely void of offensive language. Watch it! (And if you like Henry Hamilton, you'll love the 1985 movie "Saving Grace," in which he stars as the Pope.)


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