The Claim


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
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

What the Critics say

The Moviesite
Ian Douglas
5
Cape Argus
Derek Wilson
5
Cape Argus
Len Ashton
5
The Cape Times
Allan Glogauer
10
The Star
Desson Howe
10
Die Burger
Cobus van Bosch
10
Sunday Times
Barry Ronge
10
Rapport
Barrie Hough
12
eye Weekly
Catharine Tunnacliffe
10
Box Office
Francesca Dinglasan
3
Total Film
Tom Dawson
15
Film Review
James Mottram
15
Uncut
Wendy Ide
15

What the People say

Internet
522 Netizens
13

Average .. 49%

10

Visitor Ratings

Scale (Max)20
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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