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The Claim

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This latest -- and typical -- Thomas Hardy family drama to come to the screen is set in the Klondike, around the time of the gold rush. Through flashbacks, we learn that about twenty years previously, an unsuccessful gold digger had traded his wife and new-born daughter to another miner who had gold -- and a good claim -- but needed a woman more. Skip to the present, where wife and daughter arrive back in town to look up daddy, who is now King of the town and exceedingly wealthy. At the same time, the railroad engineers are in town, plotting the course of the coming railroad. Various romances and revelations ensue, as the broken family tries to reconcile while hiding the truth of what happened from the daughter.


121 minutes, No persons under 16
Drama, Romance

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Credits
Cast
Peter Mullan, Milla Jovovich, Wes Bentley, Nastassja Kinski, Sarah Polley, Shirley Henderson, Julian Richings
Director
Michael Winterbottom
ScreenplayFrank Cottrell Boyce, based on the novel by Thomas Hardy
MusicMichael Nyman
CinematographyAlwin H. Kuchler
Sound formatsDolby Digital
SoundtrackNot available
Made in2000
Produced byAlliance Atlantis Communications, Arts Council of England, BBC, DB Entertainment, Grosvenor Park Productions, and others

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Ratings
Scale (Max)20
South African Media
The MoviesiteIan Douglas5
Cape ArgusDerek Wilson5
Cape ArgusLen Ashton5
Cape TimesAllan Glogauer10
The StarDesson Howe10
Die BurgerCobus van Bosch10
Sunday TimesBarry Ronge10
RapportBarrie Hough12
International Media
eye Weekly (Canada)Catharine Tunnacliffe10
Box Office (USA)Francesca Dinglasan3
Total Film (UK)Tom Dawson15
Film Review (UK)James Mottram15
Uncut (UK)Wendy Ide15
IMDB522 Netizens13
Average .. 49%10
Visitor Ratings
Monica Venter 18
Average .. 90%18

Visitor Comments
Ian Douglas: I am starting to develop a dislike for Thomas Hardy's novels... they frequently explore the dark and tragic side of human life. This story features beautiful scenery showcasing a tragedy. The storyline may appeal more to women, it just did not grab me, although it does have some emotional appeal. Give it a try if your favourite critics like it.

Monica Venter: This is outstanding cinematography and a good portrayal of the 'railroaders', pioneers and gold diggers in their time and place frame. The storyline shows how people coped with the rugged terrain and the harsh living conditions of the time and how they dealt with their own mistakes and irresponsible decisions . All in all a splendid movie - and husband also enjoyed it.


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