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The Tichborne Claimant

  • Drama
  • 1998
  • David Yates (2)
  • 94 mins
  • PG

Summary

Based on a true story, set in the late nineteenth century: Lord Tichborne, the ninth richest nobleman in England, disappears after a South American shipwreck. Some years later, his erudite Afro-English valet, Bogle, is sent to investigate rumors that Tichborne survived and settled in Australia. An alcoholic ruffian answer's Bogle's inquiries claiming to be the lost heir. Bogle suspects fraud, but conspires with the claimant to split the inheritance should the latter successfully pass himself off to friends, family, and the courts. As the claimant returns to England to continue his charade, enough people confirm his identity to make both the claimant and Bogle believe that he just might be the rightful heir after all.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

Based on a true tale of Victorian fortune-hunting, this period piece feels more at home on television than it did on the big screen, and is sadly lacking in originality. In the all-too-familiar Martin Guerre scenario, manservant John Kani takes to the seas in search of lost aristocrat and heir Sir Roger Tichborne. He returns to Blighty with a coarse alcoholic in Tichborne's place and the pair are initially successful, but soon get embroiled in a legal battle. It all becomes rather ridiculous, as the claimant seeks backing by appealing to the working man and selling shares in the aristocracy. The presence of Stephen Fry, Robert Hardy and Sir John Gielgud adds class, but that isn't enough to make this good cinema.

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Credits

Cast

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Andrew BogleJohn Kani
The claimantRobert Pugh
CockburnJohn Gielgud
HawkinsStephen Fry
Lord RiversRobert Hardy
Mary AnneRachael Dowling
DowagerPaola Dionisotti
ArundellCharles Gray

Crew

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DirectorDavid Yates (2)

Details

Theatrical distributor
Redbus Distribution Plc
Released on
1999-11-12
Languages
English
Available on
video
Formats
Colour
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