The Claim (2000)

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AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: Though it sometimes feels cold and detached, The Claim is evocative, beautifully shot, and full of understated performances.


Movie Info

An epic love story set against the wintry backdrop of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the early days of California. Dillon, a pioneer, defies the harsh surroundings in search of gold. Having struck it rich, he establishes a thriving mining town called Kingdom Come. But blind ambition and greed catch up to him in the form three strangers that arrive in town. A surveyor hoping to extend the Central Pacific Railroad through Kingdom Come, threatens to destroy any future the town has. And, two women … More

Rating: R (for sexuality, and some language and violence)
Genre: Western, Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Frank Cottrell Boyce
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 26, 2001
Runtime:
MGM Distribution Co - Official Site

Cast


as Dalglish

as Daniel Dillon

as Bellanger

as Sweetley

as Photographer

as Young Dillon

as Young Elena

as Saloon Actor

as Chippie No. 1

as Miner No. 2

as Miner No 3

as French Sue

as Vauneen

as Dr. Benoit

as Stagecoach Driver

as Hotel Clerk

as Miner No 1

as Crocker

as Young Miner

as Beggar Girl

as Tobacco Chippie No. ...

as Opera Singer

as Member of Saloon Ban...

as Member of Saloon Ban...
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Critic Reviews for The Claim

All Critics (95) | Top Critics (31)

The audience is simply left with the task of fitting together the allegory's easy pieces.

Full Review… | March 22, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Easily the most compelling Western to hit our screens since Unforgiven.

Full Review… | June 11, 2001
CNN.com
Top Critic

A mournful, poetic, epic movie that lodges in the memory.

Full Review… | June 8, 2001
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Takes place against a frigid canvas gorgeously captured by Alwin Kuchler.

Full Review… | June 7, 2001
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

like a collegiate literature class in Thomas Hardy

Full Review… | May 20, 2012
Old School Reviews

Mature viewers only; kids won't be interested.

Full Review… | January 2, 2011
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for The Claim

What's more fun that a wagon of nitro blowing up a horse? If you like gold, snow and whores...you'll love the claim.

puffchunk
Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer

Dillon: I don't drink anymore. I want you to know that.

Between this movie and another overlooked film, Ravenous, I seem to enjoy movies set in the Sierra Nevadas during the 1860s.

This movie takes place in said setting, and involves a town built on the finding of gold in the area, known as Kingdom Come. A town named Kingdom Come is very cool to me, I just feel I need to point that out.

This town is run by Mr. Dillon, a man who has some bad history involving those he arrived in the area with.

At the beginning of the film, a man (Wes Bentley) from the Railroad company arrives, looking at the town as a prospect for where the Railroad may come through. This will make or break the town. If it comes through, good for them. If it is set up somewhere nearby, a new town will be built and this one will decline.

Also entering the town is a woman sick with Tuberculosis, and her daughter (Sarah Polley) with histories of their own involving this area. These secrets are not secret for long in the film, but its better to describe it this way.

Also in town is a brothel, run by Mr. Dillon's mistress Lucia, played pretty well by Milla Jovovich, proving she doesn't always need to be in bad sci-fi action films.

These five main characters all interact in various way, forming a number of love triangles, and other obstacles they must face.

As interesting as the story is, this film is also very good visually and combined with a very good score, it makes this a very good film.

Lucia: No guns, there are no guns allowed in my town.

DrZeek
Aaron Neuwirth

Super Reviewer

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