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The Inheritors (1998)

Die Siebtelbauern (original title)
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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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Stefan Ruzowitzky
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Simon Schwarz ... Lukas Lichtmeß
Sophie Rois ... Emmy
Lars Rudolph Lars Rudolph ... Severin
Tilo Prückner Tilo Prückner ... Großknecht
Ulrich Wildgruber Ulrich Wildgruber ... Danninger
Julia Gschnitzer Julia Gschnitzer ... Alte Nane
Susanne Silverio Susanne Silverio ... Lisbeth
Kirstin Schwab Kirstin Schwab ... Lissi
Werner Prinz Werner Prinz ... Ganders
Dietmar Nigsch Dietmar Nigsch ... Sepp
Elisabeth Orth Elisabeth Orth ... Rosalind
Christoph Gusenbauer Christoph Gusenbauer ... Hirtenbub
Gertraud Mayböck Gertraud Mayböck ... Gertrud
Norbert Perchtold Norbert Perchtold ... Danninger's Neffe
Michael Pogo Kreiner Michael Pogo Kreiner ... Elefantenwärter
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Storyline

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 <julianreischl@mac.com>

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Manchmal werden auch die Armen reicher. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Austria | Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

9 October 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Inheritors See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,606, 11 October 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$196,452, 31 January 1999
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Quotes

Lukas: Nobody can beat me up anymore, right?
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Featured in Ahate pasa (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

La donna è mobile
from "Rigoletto"
Composed by Giuseppe Verdi
Performed by Enrico Caruso
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Excellent story, beautifully told.
12 June 1999 | by stanton-7See all my reviews

This is a terrific film which I found really gripping because of its story of the unequal fight between a group of peasants and local landowners. So few films seem to portray inequality and the fight for justice that The Inheritors seemed to me like a breath of fresh air. I thought the story was simply but beautifully told, the scene at the communal meal where the characters assert their right to the ownership of the farm against the wishes of the brutal foreman is understated and powerful. The way they are shown standing up to his bullying against the backdrop of the place set as usual for the now dead owner is keenly observed and uplifting. The film looks superb, its rural setting is very authentic, and the performances of the actors catch well the growing confidence and political awareness of the peasants, always laced with elements of self-doubt. There is a tragic core to the film and a melancholy tone but it is never dull or depressing, the characters seem too busy with trying to make good their chance of a better life.


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