The Claim (2000)



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

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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 from Dillon's past are the key to a secret that could lead to his undoing.
R (for sexuality, and some language and violence)
Drama , Western , Romance
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Wes Bentley
as Dalglish
Peter Mullan
as Daniel Dillon
Julian Richings
as Bellanger
Sean McGinley
as Sweetley
Randy Birch
as Priest
Frank Zotter
as Photographer
Barry Ward
as Young Dillon
Karolina Müller
as Young Elena
David Lereaney
as Saloon Actor
Valerie Planche
as Chippie No. 1
Grant Linneberg
as Miner No. 2
Jimmy Herman
as Miner No 3
Marie Brassard
as French Sue
Kate Hennig
as Vauneen
Marc Hollogne
as Dr. Benoit
Ron Anderson
as Stagecoach Driver
Royal Sproule
as Grimes
Tim Koetting
as Hotel Clerk
Billy Morton
as Miner No 1
Duncan Fraser
as Crocker
Landon Hicks
as Young Miner
Janelle Loughlin
as Beggar Girl
Linda Miller
as Tobacco Chippie No. 2
Karen Minish
as Opera Singer
Trevor Allan Davies
as Member of Saloon Band
John Goulart
as Member of Saloon Band
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Critic Reviews for The Claim

All Critics (84) | Top Critics (28)

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
Top Critic

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

June 8, 2001
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

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

June 7, 2001
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

A rich emotional experience, ranging in degree from fire to ice.

Full Review… | May 4, 2001
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

True to its source, finding the seed of all great epics in the divisions of the heart.

April 23, 2001
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Claim

Though well acted, the emotional possibilities pretty well freeze to death in the snowbound landscapes.

Lee Mayo
Lee Mayo

As versatile as ever, Winterbottom's western is one of his most underappreciated films. Milla Jovovich singing the fado? Yes, please.

Héliø Leønardø
Héliø Leønardø

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

Curtis Lilly
Curtis Lilly

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