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The Claim (2000)

  R Closed Captioning

Michael Winterbottom

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About the Movie

In 1849, Daniel Dillon, his wife Elena and their daughter Hope head for California in search of gold. After being lost in a winter blizzard, they stumble upon a hut with a sign above it which reads "Thy Kingdom Come". Fuelled by drink and a lust for gold, Dillon sells his wife and daughter to the prospector in exchange for a gold claim. Twenty years later, Elena and Hope return to the settlement of Kingdom Come and find it a prosperous town and Dillon a wealthy man. Consumed by guilt, Dillon remarries Elena. However, jealousy and rejection take their toll and one momentary lapse of human weakness of twenty years ago brings a final and terrible retribution.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 84
  • Fresh: 52
  • Rotten: 32
  • Average Rating: 5.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A languorously muted, occasionally magnificent film. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: The cast is individually intelligent, refined, and understated. – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, Sep 7, 2011

Rotten: Though director Michael Winterbottom has impressively created a believable 19th century prospecting town, he is unable to bring the people who live in it to life. – Andy Seiler, USA Today, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Moves so freely, evolves so naturally, that it's easy to overlook just how dicey an undertaking it is. – Charles Taylor,, Jul 7, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Good Movie.

The outstanding cast choices. The film and cinematography very well done. Good storyline. Love Wes and Sarah's chemistry.

An unforgetable film...

Though I haven't seen this film in a decade, I've had a desire to watch it again for a while now. It is truly an unforgettable film that has been seared into my memory. There are some very poignant moments between an estranged father and daughter. Some decisions haunt for a lifetime and guilt is not easily assuaged, and there is hope for forgiveness, often the most difficult person to forgive is oneself.

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The Claim (2000)
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2001

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