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Marlyn Robinson <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 21 Sep 1999 10:15:21 -0500
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There's an entry on this movie in the IMDB, titled "The Tichborne
Claimant".  the story of  a long lost son, a great fortune, and the longest
running trial in English history - actually, there were two, the first
lasting 102 days to determine if the claimant to the Tichborne baronetcy
and estate was an imposter, and the second for perjury lasting 188 days (in
those days a trial lasting more than a day and a jury deliberating more
than a few minutes was unusual).  Appeals, etc. dragged on for another 7
years.  At the time, it probably got more public attention than the Winslow
case did later.  The film was directed by David Yates, written by Joe
Fisher and stars Robert Pugh, Stephen Fry, John Kani.  So far as I know,
it's only shown at film festivals, first time at Edinburgh in '98.  There
was a lengthy article on it in the Australian paper(? mag?) Panorama,
10/10/98.  It got picked up by a UK distributor this spring, Redbus Film.

Marlyn Robinson
University of  Texas School of Law

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