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The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch (2008)

Largo Winch (original title)
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After a powerful billionaire is murdered, his secret adoptive son must race to prove his legitimacy, find his father's killers and stop them from taking over his financial empire.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nerio Winch (as Miki Manojlovic)
Nicolas Vaude ...
Gérard Watkins ...
Theodore Thomas ...
Greenfield (as Ted Thomas)
Alexander Meyer


Billionaire Nerio Winch is found dead, drowned. An obviously suspicious death as Nerio is the founder and majority shareholder of the powerful and sprawling W Group. Who will inherit this financial empire? Officially, Nerio had no family. But he had a secret he kept well-hidden: a son, Largo, adopted nearly thirty years before from a Bosnian orphanage. The only problem is this young heir has just been thrown in prison deep in the Amazon. Accused of drug trafficking, he claims he's innocent. Nerio murdered. Largo in prison. What if these two events were part of a plot to take control of the Winch empire? Written by Happy_Evil_Dude

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Release Date:

17 December 2008 (France)  »

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Box Office


€24,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,360 (USA) (18 November 2011)


$7,621 (USA) (9 December 2011)

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2.35 : 1
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24 March 2016 | by (US) – See all my reviews

Nerio Winch hears noises on his yacht. He goes outside, a diver surfaces and drags him into the water and Nerio drowns. Turns out he's the head of largest corporation in the world. His trusted associated Ferguson takes the helm in the interim. She announces to a stunned board that Nerio who didn't have any children actually adopted a boy and that he is the heir of the majority stake of the empire. No one believes her but it doesn't matter. The stocks are to the bearer so all the son has to do is show up with the stocks. But, a weapons trafficker is about to launch a hostile bid of the Winch corp.

Meanwhile unaware of all this the son, Largo who lives under a different last name, is in Brazil getting an an invincibility tattoo when a pretty blonde is accosted by some paramilitaries. He comes to her rescue, sleeps with her, is drugged by her. On top of that she plants drugs in his room and calls the cops. He ends up in jail. As he tries to escape he finds a scarred-face guy, who was a Nerio's right hand guy. He already paid off the corrupt cops to let him out. Eventually both manage to escape and make it to Winch HQ in Hong Kong.

There Largo is introduced to the skeptical board. In flashbacks we learn that Nerio adopted Largo in Yugoslavia and had him raised in Croatia by a family of friends. He introduced him to the business a bit, but Largo never really connected with his cold and distant father and was more of an adventurer free spirit.

Back in the present after the board meeting a finance guy who was eager to meet with Largo is killed right in the offices. Largo and the head of security are unable to get the killer. Largo meets with the arms dealer to see if they can come to some agreement. Ferguson has some plans herself to rescue the conglomerate by trying to take over the sinister guy's companies.

But when Largo is on his way to get his stocks hidden on a secret and remote island that his dad owned, he's caught...by the head of security. Now without the stock, Largo will have to reclaim his empire, thwart the hostile takeover, and find his dad's killer never knowing in whom he can trust.

I know nothing of the comics/novels. but Largo Winch The Heir Apparent is a fantastic action thriller. From the start to the last minute it has you wondering which way it will go. It's filled with twists and surprises. It has some great action, some erotic scenes, but mostly lots of suspense. Direction is first rate and the locations are great. Truly an international thriller filmed all over and in several languages. Just like the guy who bought the rights suspected, Largo Winch would make a fantastic franchise that could surpass the Bond/Bourne films. At least this movie is so much better than many of the goofy and preposterous Bond flicks and with a much more human lead character who isn't busy striking poses, making snouts for the camera, and coming up with lame one-liners.

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