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Mother Lode [VHS]

4.4 out of 5 stars 141 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Charlton Heston, Kim Basinger, Nick Mancuso, John Marley, Dale Wilson
  • Directors: Charlton Heston, Fraser Clarke Heston
  • Writers: Fraser Clarke Heston
  • Producers: Fraser Clarke Heston, Les Kimber, Martin Shafer, Peter Snell
  • Format: NTSC
  • Rated:
    PG
    Parental Guidance Suggested
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000FCYX
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #295,197 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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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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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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This particular effort by Charlton Heston is certainly worth a look, at least once. In some ways, this film shows subtle hints of being just ever so slightly "campy" (in the way that many early 80's films can be), particularly during some of the initial opening sequences. However, overall, this film "is" entertaining, even if most of the major plot points are reasonably predictable. There are many, many reviews describing the basic story line, so I will refrain from simply rehashing what has already been clearly explained. In my opinion, Charlton Heston gives a tremendous performance, and is truly believed as his colorful character when watching this film, even today in current times. Kim Basinger is obviously very "green" with her acting skills in this movie, as it was one of her first, and it tends to show. For example, you will definitely not be seeing the Basinger performance which was offered in "Cellular" a handful of years back. However, she does turn in an adequate performance, and you do wish her character well. Nick Mancuso seems like he's trying just a little to hard to convince us much of the time, and it tends to come off as slightly less than genuine. But, once again, the performance of Heston makes up for these other quirks and weaknesses of the film. The amazing scenery, and filming techniques used, certainly add to the appeal of the movie. This definitely was a lower budget film, with a small cast, and a relatively simple and predictable plot by today's standard, so please set your expectations accordingly. This truly is a very watchable film, just be sure to place it in your mailbox for less than ten dollars, if you can. One or two viewings may be enough for many people.

Now, . . . regarding this particular DVD release.
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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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This 1982 thriller stars Charlton Heston as a pair of miserly Scottish twin brothers, one of whom is a violent madman. Together they jealously guard an old gold mine, and try to find its source vein, hence the film's title. The suspense is palpable, and that's the only problem... If I say any more I'll spoil the movie for you!

I've spent decades waiting for its DVD release, as one of my all-time favorite movies. Why? Though I still think Heston's role as Moses in "The Ten Commandments" is his greatest work, I rank this film as second only to that, which says much.

"Motherlode" is noteworthy also in that it's only the second big-screen appearance by Kim Basinger, and, I believe, her first leading-lady role. I remember watching her performance in this film, hoping Ms. Basinger would get an Oscar nomination for it. Yes, she was that good! (She eventually won an Oscar in 1997's "L.A. Confidential").

This film is also very personal for me. It premiered in my former home town, Kansas City. I worked for the radio station (KBEQ-FM) that sponsored the opening of "Motherlode". As a result, I was there in-studio, when Charlton Heston made a live guest appearance to promote the movie. Heston was incredibly gracious to everyone. As a bonus, Mr. Heston recited "live", from memory, Shakespeare's entire 29th Sonnet, the same performance that won him a college drama scholarship! (The poem ends, "For thy sweet love remembered such wealth brings, that I would scorn to change my state with kings".)

What a class guy Charlton Heston was! His manners and gracious way with everyone he met that day were completely genuine. He even took calls from listeners during his visit.
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