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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lukas Lichtmeß
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 ...
Danninger's Neffe
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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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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





Release Date:

9 October 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Inheritors  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Thought-provoking and worth seeing
3 July 2003 | by (Tallahassee, Florida, U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

The Inheritors (Die Siebtelbauern), as I remember it, was amusing and also thought-provoking about general socio-economic changes of the past two centuries or so that today many people in Western countries probably take for granted. Perhaps in vague way, it reminds me of an allegory such as Orwell's Animal Farm in the sense of seeing political theory in an intimate, emotional story rather than in some abstract manifesto.

While the film might not be the most "profound" work of art ever made, it nevertheless deserves a viewing. I say it is quite entertaining and in short, thumbs up.

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