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  • Actors: Charlton Heston, Nick Mancuso, Kim Basinger, John Marley
  • Directors: Charlton Heston
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 29, 2011
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004H0M2UA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,811 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mother Lode" on IMDb

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It's a little-known film, but Mother Lode presents some primo examples of large-scale acting from a large-scale movie star: Charlton Heston, then beginning the late-baroque phase of his career. Heston also directed (from a script by his son, Fraser Heston), and he's clearly having a ball as an old, bearded Scotsman who's been prospecting for gold at an isolated site in Canada for decades. Like any good star turn, he waits a half-hour before making his screen entrance, leaving the exposition to Nick Mancuso, as the world's worst seaplane pilot, and Kim Basinger, who've gone up north from Vancouver looking for a missing friend. And maybe looking for gold, too, because the siren call of gold is very much part of the cornball appeal of this old-fashioned picture. Chuck Heston, loving his Scots accent, snarls out plenty of dire warnings about gold as a harsh mistress, just as you'd expect from a movie like this. His character is so tough he grabs the boiling, overflowing coffeepot with his bare hand and never flinches. (And because it's Charlton Heston, you believe it.) Mother Lode may not be a world-beater, and the turns of the plot don't always make a lot of sense, but the foursquare style actually holds up reasonably well. Second-unit director and stuntman Joe Canutt (son of the famous Yakima Canutt) earned his pay, with extensive British Columbia aerial shooting and a startling plane crash; as Fraser Heston reveals in the half-hour making-of featurette, that crash was an actual accident on the first day of shooting, resulting in a script rewrite to accommodate the footage. Mostly, this one's for dyed-in-the-wool Charlton Heston fans, who will find plenty of nuggets here. --Robert Horton

Product Description

It’s Silas McGee’s gold. He just hasn’t found it yet, although he’s searched for his mother lode for more than 30 years in the remote high country of British Columbia. Strangers with a similar bent for gold had best stay away: folks like that may never come out of McGee’s mine alive. Charlton Heston directs from a script by Fraser Heston and plays the double roles of mad recluse Silas and his even stranger twin Ian in this gritty survivalist adventure. Nick Mancuso and Kim Basinger in one of her earlier film roles, play the duo who end up in McGee’s world after their aircraft develops engine trouble…and who find much greater trouble when they begin to suspect his claim could hold a fortune. Fraser Heston served as Producer with Martin Shafer and Andy Scheinman, and Peter Snell teamed up with Heston again as Executive producer.

Customer Reviews

Great scenery, good story, good cast.
Rolling Thru The Zen Room
I thought I was the only one in the world who really liked this movie.
Gabriel
One my favorite all-time movies as well.
A Scenic FIlm Buff

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By bhende@health.missouri.edu on March 5, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
I don't think the critics cared much for this film but I remember seeing it when I was younger and thought it was pretty intense. Charlton Heston does a great job with his role. Kim Basinger also does a good job in an early role for her. The story line is tense and leaves the viewer guessing up until the end. I was also very impressed with the locations and the sets used in the film. The scenery of the British Columbia location is impressive and the scenes in the mine set a great tone. All in all I really enjoyed this film and hope to see it re-released in the future.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 25, 2002
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This is one of my favorite movies of all time! In my opinion Mother Lode is as suspenseful as any Hitchcock film out there! The plot is good, the scenery is beautiful, and each actor turns in a superb, convincing performance. The movie made me think that I was actually watching a horrid slice of real life. I can't wait until it comes out on DVD!
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful By JadeRain on February 10, 2005
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Just thought I'd put in an updated request for the DVD. This way someone at the studio will notice this and tell their bosses to put this out. They are looking at these requests right?? Or, maybe they're all busy planning the next Gigli, Catwoman, or the like. As long as I'm here, might as well add that this is a great thriller, filmed in the incredible settings of Southeast Alaska, and, it has THE MAN himself starring. Nuff said.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 26, 2001
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Saw this movie with my wife years back on the screen. She has been trying to get a copy for years now. Charlton Heston is scary enough on his own, but down in the mine (I don't like mine shafts) he's even scarier. The mood and setting (BC rain forest) keeps you on edge even when nothing is happening. When something does, you jump a good foot. Also--being an aviation buff, I liked the decrepit Beaver. The crash scene is real; quite unintentional, the cameras kept rolling through it all.
Best line: 'Indians know about stuff like that'.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 7, 2002
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One of my all time favorites.great wilderness photography,interesting plot.I would like to buy this on DVD!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Positron on June 3, 2005
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I first saw this movie in Paris and I can tell you the theater was packed. Even the French liked it! And it was shown with subtitles! This is one of the greatest adventure movies of all time. And yet there is no DVD and it is NEVER shown an TV. My tape of it was loaned to a friend and he never returned it. But I can still play those great flight scenes in my mind! Comes on guys...give us a DVD!!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By G! on January 7, 2006
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I have to agree with every review I have read, this movie is probably one of Charlton Heston's best! I dont understand why this movie is not available on DVD either.

The first time I saw this film I was in suspense all through the film and have wanted to buy it on DVD ever since I bought a DVD player years ago. I will probably buy one of the used VHS formats, because my recording on VHS is so bad at this point and I am becoming desperate to find it in any format as well as others.

I am confused as to why many of the best films of the past are not offered on DVD or even VHS, and to be totally honest, this film was not made all that long ago compared to others. This makes no sense at all when you can buy much of the crap which is shown in theatres now. Which mostly are made for mindless dummies.

I am looking out for various titles such as this one including "All Mine to Give", "The Hounds of Notre Dame" and many many others of which are not available but should be. I hate to say it, but this movie will probably not be available to the general public till Mr. Heston dies, which is a shame.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jodi Somers on December 29, 2005
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This is a great movie with all the trimmings for "masterpiecedom", but why can't we have it on DVD? I've been waiting for years now to have this in our collection. Charleton Heston is his normal actor-of-perfection self with Kim Bassinger, and Nick Mancuso, and the best, most beautiful scenery on the face of the earth, in our own great state of Alaska,(ok...some of Canada too!). The story keeps you on the edge of your seat to find out who the bad guy is, while Nick Mancuso is trying out his gold mining skills after unsuccessfully trying his flying skills. Kim Bassinger is looking great with the long golden tresses,and adds the love interest. Five stars isn't enough...I say ten! DVD PLEASE!!!
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