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The Inheritor (1973)

L'héritier (original title)
Bart Cordell, is unanimously considered as a daddy's boy and an insignificant playboy. So, when he suddenly becomes head of his father's financial empire following his death, nobody ... See full summary »

Director:

Philippe Labro

Writers:

Philippe Labro (original scenario), Jacques Lanzmann (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Paul Belmondo ... Bart Cordell
Carla Gravina ... Liza Rocquencourt
Jean Rochefort ... Le nonce (André Berthier)
Charles Denner ... David Loweinstein
Jean Desailly ... Jean-Pierre Carnavan
Jean Martin ... Mgr. Schneider
Maurice Garrel ... Brayen
Pierre Grasset Pierre Grasset ... Pierre Delmas
Maureen Kerwin ... Lauren Korey
François Chaumette François Chaumette ... Maître Georges Theron-Maillard
Michel Beaune ... Frédéric Lambert
Marcel Cuvelier Marcel Cuvelier ... Le Ministre
Fosco Giachetti ... Luigi Balazzi
Anna Orso Anna Orso ... Giovanella Cordell
Paul Amiot Paul Amiot ... Hugo Cordell
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Storyline

Bart Cordell, is unanimously considered as a daddy's boy and an insignificant playboy. So, when he suddenly becomes head of his father's financial empire following his death, nobody understandably expects much from him. They could not be wronger....! Written by Guy Bellinger

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Action | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | Italian

Release Date:

17 October 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Exterminator See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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14th highest grossing movie of the year in France. See more »

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References Breathless (1960) See more »

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Labro Winch
24 January 2017 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Philippe Labro 's sophomore effort "Sans Mobile Apparent" based on an Ed McBain novel,was an unpretentious but effective little thriller.

"L'Heritier " is another thriller ,but this time blown up out of proportions ;it seems that Labro had "citizen Kane " in mind ;he lived and studied in America and his infatuation with this country had kept growing.The style is jerky ,with flashbacks (two of them's purpose (algeria war and a rugby game)is to make us believe -which is,after Jean Dessailly's depiction ,redundant- that Bart Cordell is a tough guy .

It's a sprawling work ;overblown, full of implausibilities (do you really believe that Cordell spent ten years in the USA?),the story drags on ;Labro does not possess Henri Verneuil's know-how ("Le Clan Des Siciliens" almost sounds American,and that director does not go out of his way to,as Labro desperately does ) .The screenplay is a hodgepodge which involves the media power,the industry,social concerns,an unpleasant macho side ,WW2 concentration camps,the Vatican, the fascists ,a dangerous call girl,a terrible family secret ,sabotage and a roses greenhouse.

The movie features generally unsympathetic characters and it takes all the talent of seasoned actors to liven things up a little.Belmondo seems bigger than the screen:the sheer glorious immodesty of his character is a bit off-putting (the scene on the train with Carla Gravina ,and the slaps between her and her boss are downright embarrassing).

NB:the subject was reprized by writers Francq and Van Hamme in their absorbing comic strip "L'Heritier";Largo Winch has nothing to do with Cordell ,but his story is extremely well constructed ,masterfully blending present and past .


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