The Inheritors (1998)
"Die Siebtelbauern" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama, Mystery  |  9 October 1998 (USA)
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Austria, a little farming valley. Beginning of the century. When one of the farmers is found murdered one day, his labourers know of nothing, but are relieved, as the tyranny has ended. ... See full summary »


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Lars Rudolph ...
Tilo Prückner ...
Ulrich Wildgruber ...
Julia Gschnitzer ...
Alte Nane
Susanne Silverio ...
Kirstin Schwab ...
Werner Prinz ...
Dietmar Nigsch ...
Elisabeth Orth ...
Christoph Gusenbauer ...
Gertraud Mayböck ...
Norbert Perchtold ...
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Austria, a little farming valley. Beginning of the century. When one of the farmers is found murdered one day, his labourers know of nothing, but are relieved, as the tyranny has ended. Then, something new happens for the first time in history: The farm workers inherit the whole farm together, as the farmer himself was childless. Now, conflicts come up, as nobody is the boss and nobody has to obey. Written by Julian Reischl <>

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The rich get richer... and sometimes the poor get richer too. See more »


Drama | Mystery

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Rated R for violence including a rape, sexuality, and brief language | See all certifications »





Release Date:

9 October 1998 (USA)  »

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The Inheritors  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$12,606 (USA) (9 October 1998)


$196,452 (USA) (29 January 1999)

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Timeless story of good vs. evil with an early 1900's Alpine backdrop
20 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When an old "Bauer" is found dead, his highly unusual "last Will and Testament" puts in motion an avalanche of events, and many dirty old secrets are unearthed, causing an uproar in the small community of landowners and peasants.

This film offers many parallels to societies of various times. The basic element of two sets of justice, one for the (untouchable) upper class, and another for the little people, who have to accept whatever is dished out from above, can be likened to similar injustices happening to this very day.

The brutality of the wrongs committed to the innocent is often shown in graphic realism. Viewers should be mindful of this, to not be offended by any shocking scenes. Non-gratuitous, thus essential to plot development, the violence furthers the story line.

This film can be categorized as a tragedy, although a small glimmer of justice and hope for a better tomorrow is offered in the end. The occasional expressions of human decency and compassion are noteworthy. Only when others realize an injustice and show this by their acts of kindness towards the victims, can we be assured that a better future is before us. Internationally acclaimed, this film is well worth a watch!

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