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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Filming had to be halted when director Michael Winterbottom got frostbite in his ears. 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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References McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971) See more »

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Sé Velha
Written by Américo Durão & António Menano
Published by SPA
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THE CLAIM (Michael Winterbottom, 2000) **1/2
21 August 2006 | by Bunuel1976See all my reviews

This is a rare British attempt at a Western, albeit an uncharacteristic one about a small mining town clashing with the oncoming railroad: it's reasonably well served by the stark cinematography, Michael Nyman's dramatic underscoring and a surprisingly able cast (the most impressive being Peter Mullan as the town leader with a secret past and Milla Jovovich as the chanteuse who has hooked up with him).

Given the director, the film strives for absolute realism (down to the varying accents of the multi-national townspeople and the kind of entertainment provided in the dingy saloon); this, coupled with its relentless solemnity and a plot which isn't as engaging as it should be - actually containing a good deal of padding, particularly its baffling emphasis on the blossoming romance between a prospector and a prostitute - results in a rather uneasy film, one that's not remembered with affection! However, the tragic finale - with Mullan's dreams literally going up in flames - is effectively handled.

Curiously enough, watching THE CLAIM I was reminded of Nicolas Roeg's similar EUREKA (1983) - which also revolved around a family undone by the lust for gold - though it lacks that film's striking imagery (not to mention its equally distinctive eccentricity).


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