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The Tichborne Claimant (film)

The Tichborne Claimant
Directed by David Yates
Produced by Tom McCabe
Written by Joe Fisher
Starring Robert Pugh
Stephen Fry
Robert Hardy
Music by Nicholas Hooper
Cinematography Peter Thwaites
Edited by Jamie Trevill
Distributed by Redbus Film Distribution
Release date
  • 12 November 1999 (1999-11-12) (UK)
Running time
98 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Tichborne Claimant is a 1998 British dramatic film directed by David Yates.



Based on a true story, the film is set in the late 19th 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 answers 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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