The Claim (2000)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance, Western  |  2 February 2001 (UK)
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A prospector sells his wife and daughter to another gold miner for the rights to a gold mine. Twenty years later, the prospector is a wealthy man who owns much of the old west town named ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Mr. Sweetley
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Tom McCamus ...
Mr. Burn
Frank Zotter ...
Artur Ciastkowski ...
Young Dillon
Young Elena
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A prospector sells his wife and daughter to another gold miner for the rights to a gold mine. Twenty years later, the prospector is a wealthy man who owns much of the old west town named Kingdom Come. But changes are brewing and his past is coming back to haunt him. A surveyor and his crew scout the town as a location for a new railroad line and a young woman suddenly appears in the town and is evidently the man's daughter. Written by John Sacksteder <>

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Everything has a price.


Drama | Romance | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, and some language and violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

2 February 2001 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Kingdom Come  »

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Box Office


CAD 20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,326 (USA) (5 January 2001)


$403,932 (USA) (18 May 2001)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The scene where Dillon ('Peter Mullan') confronts Daglish (Wes Bentley) in the bedroom of Lucia (Milla Jovovich) had to be reshot many months after principal photography was over. Bentley had cut his hair for another role, and had to be outfitted with a wig matching his hairstyle in "The Claim" at a cost of ten thousand American dollars. See more »


Near the end of the film, Donald and Francis arrive back to town on horseback. Several men are walking behind them. Two men in Russian style hats are wearing modern day aviator sunglasses. See more »


Vauneen: [first lines - overlapping conversations] Alright ladies, let's go. I'm Vauneen, I take care of you from this point on. Ya get down, and we're going to get you to work real soon...
Deputy: Alright gents, let's hand-up your firearms.
Donald Dalglish: Why?
Deputy: It's a town's rule.
Donald Dalglish: These firearms are the property of the Central Pacific Railroad.
Deputy: That don't matter, Mr. Dillon says no firearms in town, so no firearms in town, come on...
Donald Dalglish: You can't take these weapons...
Vauneen: I said, leave that...
Deputy: Well then you can't come into Mr. ...
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Admirable use of realistic pioneer accents
13 October 2004 | by (Edinburgh) – See all my reviews

One of my favourite things about this fine film is that the characters have European accents; too often films set in the American frontier of the 19th Century have their characters speaking in unlikely modern American accents. It adds greatly to the film's believability, as well as reminding the viewer that these were people who left their homelands, usually to escape extreme poverty, and started a new life in what was (to the white man) unknown territory; this utter anonymity helps explain the actions of some of the characters in the film. Indeed the central theme, the cost of sacrificing what one has for a possible better life, is an aspect of emigration itself; the poem "Noreen Bán" recited by Hope Byrne recalls the tragedy of mass emigration from Ireland after the Great Famine, so its impact on Dillon is multiplied.

Great credit is also due to the actors, excellent performances all round.

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