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THE CLAIM
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At Theaters: 4/20/2001 On Video: 6/26/2001
Rated: R Length: 2 hr. 0 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 279906
Studio: MGM Pictures
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It is 1849 and Dillon has made the gold rush trek to the snow-covered mountains of California seeking his fortune, with his wife Elena and child Hope. In a moment of drunken impulse, Dillon trades his wife and child for a bag of gold. Twenty years later, and Dillon runs Kingdom Come, a thriving mining town in the mountains. Someone from his past arrives.
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Romantic Western - Adult fans of thoughtful drama will appreciate this intelligent and engrossing drama. Children will be bored.
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Peter Mullan BRAVEHEART, TRAINSPOTTING
Sarah Polley GUINEVERE, GO
Wes Bentley AMERICAN BEAUTY
Milla Jovovich THE MESSENGER: THE STORY OF JOAN OF ARC
Director: Michael Winterbottom WELCOME TO SARAJEVO
Producer: Andrew Eaton WONDERLAND
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Initially released last December amid the flurry of aspiring award contenders, Michael Winterbottom's Thomas Hardy adaptation The Claim received neither much attention at the box office nor proper notice from critics. Now back in theatres in a season characterized by juvenile gross-out comedies, the film's intelligence and craftsmanship stand out all the more--and will hopefully earn their due appreciation.

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The story begins twenty years after the Gold Rush of 1849, which prompted one of the largest human migrations in history, as a half-million people from around the world descended in droves upon primal California in search of rumored gold. Daniel Dillon (Peter Mullan) is a pioneer who defied the harsh winter landscape and amassed unimaginable riches, becoming the veritable king of a thriving mountain town called Kingdom Come, where he owns everything of importance, including the bank, the mine, the hotel and the liquor store. He even has won the affections of the exotic local brothel owner Lucia (Milla Jovovich).

Now the blind ambition and greed that drove him to succeed are about to catch up with him as three strangers come into town. One is Mr. Dalglish (Wes Bentley), a surveyor looking to expand the Central Pacific Railroad into Kingdom Come, threatening to make or break the future of the town. The other are two women - the beautiful young Hope (Sarah Polley) and the ailing Elena (Nastassja Kinski) - who hold secrets from Dillon's past that could be his undoing. Even in this land of immense landscapes, and even bigger changes, the most remarkable shifts of all still take place in the heart.

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