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The Claim (2000)

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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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Everything has a price.


Drama | Romance | Western

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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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CAD 20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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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 »


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6 February 2001 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

My fave film of 2001 yet. In another week I may not have gone to see this, so I'm glad there were no other releases that appealed to me, because I wouldn't want to have missed this - I enjoyed it more than I was expecting to. Yes, it is reminiscent of 'Heaven's Gate', but this is probably better, if only for the fact that you won't have to devote half a day to see it. It has its flaws certainly - for instance, Wes Bentley's character doesn't really convince - but its positives far outweigh those: it looks great, the performances are excellent, and it's moving without being sentimental. Although her character was maybe just a little too sweet and humble for me (but that's not really her fault) Sarah Polley steals the show. Peter Mullan was class too, but (again, not the actor's fault) I did find it hard to reconcile how old he looked given the timescale and his character as depicted in flashback - though I guess the hard life of a prospector in 1860's America would have taken it's toll. This movie does give you a feel for how life would have been at that time and place, and for the importance the railways played in the country's development. The moral of the story is the old one about selling your soul for filthy lucre, you have to live with your sins and your mistakes, and you can't put a price on love. I rarely pay to go see a movie twice, but I might just make an exception for this one. Don't miss.

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