Wealthy patriarch Gregorio Ferramonte (Anthony Quinn) openly lusts after his new daughter-in-law Irene (Dominique Sanda). Seemingly resistant at first to the lecherous Quinn, Irene rapidly succumbs to his crude charms. There's a little more to the story than that: Sanda knows that Quinn is dying and that he hasn't yet chosen anyone to inherit his fortune. Things get pretty hot and heavy at times, especially in the original 121-minute version prepared for Italian audiences. The Inheritance was originally released as L'Eredità Ferramonti.