The Tichborne Claimant (1998)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama  |  12 November 1999 (UK)
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Based on a true story, 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 ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
The Claimant
Lord Rivers
Rachael Dowling ...
Mary Anne
James Villiers ...
Uncle Henry
Dudley Sutton ...
Onslow Onslow
Paola Dionisotti ...
The Dowager
Perry Fenwick ...
John Holmes
Tom McCabe ...
Christopher Benjamin ...
John Challis ...
Rous the Landlord


Based on a true story, 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 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 succesfully 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... Written by Grace Nall <>

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The last film of both James Villiers and 'Charles Gray'. See more »

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Unremarkable period drama.
13 June 2004 | by (England) – See all my reviews

British period dramas aren't normally my thing , but since this is the first film i ever saw in a test screening , i thought i would give it a mention.

The titchbourne claimant is a slow moving, by the numbers period drama that does have 2 good performances - if your willing to stick around for them . John kani does well in his role as the solem faced valet bogel as does robert pugh as the slob turned aristocrat claimant .

These are strong points in an other wise dull film.

The film seemed more suited to television as a drama special rather than an official cinema release but because its so unremarkable It probably would not have mattered .

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