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The Claim (2000)

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A prospector who sold his wife and infant daughter in exchange for a mining claim, tries desperately to win them back as he helps to build the Pacific Railroad with a group of pioneer friends.

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Frank Cottrell Boyce (screenplay by), Thomas Hardy (inspired by the novel by: "The Mayor of Casterbridge")
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ron Anderson Ron Anderson ... Stagecoach Driver
Marty Antonini Marty Antonini ... German
Wes Bentley ... Donald Dalglish
Randy Birch Randy Birch ... Priest
Marie Brassard ... French Sue
Bill Chesterman Bill Chesterman ... Mr. Timpson
Artur Ciastkowski Artur Ciastkowski ... Delaney
Fernando Davalos Fernando Davalos ... Barman
Duncan Fraser ... Crocker
Shirley Henderson ... Annie
Kate Hennig Kate Hennig ... Vauneen
Jimmy Herman ... Miner No.3
Landon Hicks Landon Hicks ... Young Miner
Matthew Johnson Matthew Johnson ... Miner
Milla Jovovich ... Lucia
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Storyline

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 <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Everything has a price.

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

UK | France | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 February 2001 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Kingdom Come See more »

Filming Locations:

Calgary, Alberta, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD 20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£38,975 (United Kingdom), 9 February 2001, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,131, 1 January 2001, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$669,258, 5 July 2001
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Manchester Guardian, his hometown newspaper, reported that director Michael Winterbottom had left his wife for 'Sarah Polley', who had played Hope in the film. The romance, which started on set, fizzled out and Polley returned to, and eventually married, her long-time companion, David Wharnsby. See more »

Goofs

Around the 1:43 mark when the prospector is torching the town we see a ski lift running in the background with people on it. Again around the 1:54 mark in the last few minutes of the film we see the ski lift again in the background for a good 10-15 seconds. See more »

Quotes

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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6 February 2001 | by zirhSee 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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