The Inheritance

7.01 h 30 min199713+
Forbidden love between a beautiful orphan and an eligible upper-class bachelor sparks jealousy and deceit in the family that took her in as a child in this period drama from director Bobby Roth.
Bobby Roth
Cari ShayneBrigitta DauBrigid Brannagh
English [CC]
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Thomas GibsonMeredith Baxter
Edwin Self
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WilfReviewed in the United States on June 18, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Surprisingly good......
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Although it's not a film about horses or racing, I was impressed with the horseman/womanship race scenes in this movie. I also think Thomas Gibson was a good choice. He's great in various films playing either a gentleman or a jerk. In this film, he's a gentleman. I also really enjoyed the actor who portrays "Henry" the family patriarch, who brings a real warmth and Meredith Burney was surprising as the lady of the house. She looks great in all the period finery - very feminine! The costuming is great and the setting inside the home very authentic and lavish. (The only thing is when the film first opened, I had the impression it was a more modern day movie, and didn't know it was going to be a period piece). Even though it was produced in the late 90s it looks fine, in fact hard to believe its 20 years old. But certain things like lighting in the outside scenes and the music scores throws things off a little. The scores should have felt more vintage. And they have too much of it that sometimes it ends up sounding like a hallmark movie.
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NicoleReviewed in the United States on June 17, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Cinderella Meets Pride and Prejudice
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Such a beautiful story! I love that it does not only focus on romantic relationships, there are a lot of other relationships and developments throughout the movie that keep it really interesting. It is Cinderella meets Pride and Prejudice and features a caring, strong, heroine that embodies grace and will have you rooting for her throughout the entire movie. Awesome, definitely worth the watch!
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bookwormReviewed in the United States on August 28, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fabulous movie - Louisa May Alcott's The Inheritance is MUCH better than even Little Women!!!
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This is an absolutely EPIC movie!!! I watched it last night and was beyond impressed by it. Don't let the dated 1997 cover fool you. This is a wonderful, charming, exciting movie! I had never heard of this work by Louisa May Alcott. Now that I've watched this movie, I'm wondering why it isn't more famous?!? Little Women pales in comparison to The Inheritance. It is THAT good. The storyline is amazing. This movie is very clean - no bad language, sex, etc. The acting is very good, and the period costumes are well done. I HIGHLY recommend this one!
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S. JAMESReviewed in the United States on July 19, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
A 5-star Movie Brutally Edited To 1-star!
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The FULL-LENGTH VERSION of this movie is wonderfully heartwarming and an absolute treasure, consisting of refreshingly decent characters with morals and sacrificial courage. What else would we expect from a Louisa May Alcott-based story?

I was very pleased to find “The Inheritance”, available on DVD. However, after viewing my purchased DVD, I was extremely disappointed to find THIS VERSION horrendously edited, with key story elements completely cut out.

References to God and Hell were axed, as well as the scenes where the “villains” show their true colors. The exceptional storyline (of quiet goodness triumphing over maliciousness, in the end) is completely nullified in favor of idiotic political correctness (where “good” is not good and “evil” is not evil) and we end up with absolutely nothing worth keeping. The obvious purpose of the sadistic editing is to destroy the wholesomeness of a beautiful story.

It is a shame that such a lovely story, so exceptionally brought to life with careful filming, thoughtful acting and a touching musical theme, has been so brutally chopped to meaningless bits. Shame on whoever allowed this to happen!

If an UNEDITED, COMPLETE VERSION was made available, I would definitely purchase it! THIS VERSION isn’t worth a dollar.
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Thomas G. Field, Jr.Reviewed in the United States on October 30, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
If you liked Northanger Abby, you'll like this.
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The Alcott novel on which the script is based was her first work and only recently discovered. It has been described as the sappy work of a 17-year-old. I have no intention to read the book, but another writer has described the script as ten times better. I award 4 stars because I find it a bit melodramatic but Maria Nation probably deserves more for turning juvenile fiction into something worth watching. (No idea why Chari Shayne appears where the author's name ordinarily would.)

The story line is fine. It reminds me of Jane Austen's Northanger Abby which I recently read. Anyone who enjoyed that book or corresponding video is apt to enjoy The Inheritance.

The costumes and scenery are notable, and filming does credit to all.

Among an entirely manageable set of characters, I find Lady Ida and Arliss Johnson overplayed, but other major roles well done. Among the supporting cast, I was particularly taken by Michael Gallagher's Lewis.
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CustomerReviewed in the United States on August 12, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
A wonderful family film by Louisa May Alcott.
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A wonderful family film from a novel by Louisa May Alcott, author of Little Women.

This period piece film is set in Victorian American.

The main character is a plain and kind young woman named Edith, who is taken in by a wealthy family.

The father of the family had an older brother who had rejected an arranged marriage and run off to marry his true love.

Then the father received word his older and his wife had died in a pandemic. He goes to their house in Europe. There he packs up his brother's belongings. Then neighbors want him to take a small baby girl, Edith, with him. Since he does not know the language, he assumes the baby girl is the orphaned child of his brother's maid.

He brings the baby girl home, where he and his wife raise her as their ward (not an adopted child but they are her guardians) and companion to their own daughter.

Edith is a sweet, kind person who does not have a mean bone in her body. And she shares a love for horse racing with the father.

When the father is too old to take part in an annual community horse race, a distant cousin, James Percy, comes to take the father's place. James has been reclusive from the world since, a woman he was engaged to married dumped him.

Unfortunately, James injures his leg so he can not ride in the annual ride.

Edith takes his place and wins, which the local aristocracy rejects.

However, a local womanizing noble, Franklin Arlington, stands up for Edith's victory to be accepted.

The peacefulness of the family is disrupted by another cousin, Ida, who comes to live with them. Ida is older than Eddie and sees Edith as competition for the two richest bachelor's in the area. Both of whom are attracted to Edith for different reasons.

James finds Edith's kindness and caring innocence heart refreshing from the status seeking socialite who dumped him.

Franklin sees Edith as a "delicious" challenge.

Ida decides to lie, cheat and steal to remove Edith as competition.

First, she reminds everyone that Edith is an unpaid servant - a guest who has lived off their charity long enough.

Second, she creates an opportunity for Franklin Arlington to ambush Edith to satisfy his lust. Thankfully, James hears Edith's cry for help and arrives in time to save her honor. His fight with Franklin reveals, his heart has found a new love.

However, when Franklin demands reparations claiming he should not have been beating up because a servant is so worthless they have no rights to honor.

The father himself hits Franklin and is so upset he has a heart attack. On his death bed the father reveals that while he was recently going over the estate papers, he unpacked his older brother's belongings and discovered Edith's birth certificate.

Edith's birth certificate proved that she was the child of his older brother and his wife. That is what the people had tried to tell him.

The stress that he had learned that he had denied his niece her wealth and rightful place in society, was made worse by Franklin's actions and words toward Edith.

The father begs Edith to take the documents and claim her birthright and to be kind to his widow and daughter.

After his death, Edith thinks it is best to keep things as they are until the mother gets over the grief of the father's death.

Unfortunately, before Edith can tell the truth Ida accuses Edith of stealing the Mother's jewels and demands Edith be arrested or at least thrown out of the house. And Edith's legal documents can not be found.

James is the only one who stands with Edith and offers her his protection as his wife. Edith learns who her true friends are.

Thankfully, a servant comes forward as a witness that Ida stole the jewels and Edith's legal documents are found.

True justice - Ida is almost arrested and is banished from the family to go be a servant with another relative. What Ida had schemed for Edith, came back on her.

James and Edith get married and everyone lives Happily Ever After.😄

Overall, this film is a great family friendly film about love and family. And God rewards and protects the righteous from evil. A delightful romance film.😄
Me2Reviewed in the United States on October 5, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
What an uplifting fairytale!
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Eddie was a girl anyone would like or want to be; no guile, just pure goodness, humility, and integrity. And naturally beautiful to boot! She charmed those around her, and was full of love & gratitude towards the family who took her in. They were aristocrats but that fact didn't destroy their character to see people as they really are not what social strata they were born to. So Eddie expected nothing, and became a dear companion to Amy, the daughter of the head of the house. Amy loved Eddie as they grew up into young women together.
Life flowed nicely until a young woman relative was brought to the home in order to find her a husband of her class (her marriageable age was wearing thin). She personified the character of Cinderella's mean step sisters. Even the suitors pick out for her saw through her. This is when the troubles began as she worked to undermine Eddie.
Watch to see how the thickened plot plays out!
Relax; no foul language, blood & gore, black souls & hearts, or x-rated love scenes, just pure enjoyment.
Note: Thomas Gibson plays a handsome, young eligible bachelor in this movie before he became Hotchner in Criminal Minds.
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Dana L. VeachReviewed in the United States on May 20, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Sweet, Safe and Enjoyable...
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I'm giving this 5 stars simply because it is that rare event in our current culture of a clean, heartwarming piece of profanity, no explicit sexual scenes, no crude or vulgar humor...just a sweet and reasonably well acted story. Yes, it is a bit melodramatic in spots, and the plot is entirely predictable, but if you like period romances such as those penned be Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters, you should enjoy this. Tom Conti is a man to adore for all time in his role as the Hamilton family patriarch, Henry, while Meredith Baxter is his lucky and beloved wife. Brigitta Dau plays their delightfully sweet, endlessly energetic and curious daughter, Amy, whose best friend and companion, Edith Adelon (Cari Shane) is the heroine of the story. The cast is rounded out by Thomas Gibson as hero, Brigid Brannagh as the evil cousin, Ida, and Paul Anthony Stewart as the requisite cad. I would commend some of the remaining cast, but I've been unable to find their apologies! My personal complaint in the movie was some horribly clumsy horsemanship which was painful to watch. Who knows...maybe people rode with their elbows flapping in the wind in those days? Otherwise, this little film is safe and enjoyable family fare. I've watched it several times now, so it comes to you recommended.
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