Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Against the dramatic backdrop of the rugged Sierra Nevada mountains, The Claim's richly textured story of love, betrayal, loss and redemption unfolds. This "beautifully acted" (Premiere) tale strikes pure gold with an all-star cast featuring Wes Bentley (American Beauty), MillaJovovich (The Fifth Element), Peter Mullan (Miss Julie), Sarah Polley (Go) andNastassja Kinski (Tess) and is "one of the best movies in recent memory" (Elle). It's 1869 and Daniel Dillon (Mullan) has made a fortune off his claim to gold-rich property in California. He knows that if his prosperity is to continue, he must convince a railroad planner (Bentley) to connect the new line through his town. But the plans to bring the train are derailed when, on a cold, wintry day, a mother (Kinski) and daughter (Polley) mysteriously arrive, revealing a shocking connection to Dillon one that could devastate his town, his life and his empire.
Thomas Hardy's The Mayor of Casterbridge has been transplanted to the edge of the American frontier in this vivid drama that didn't receive the theatrical exposure it deserved. Although top young actors adorn the movie's ads, the central character--Daniel Dillon, a man who runs the gold rush town of Kingdom Come--is played by little-known Peter Mullen. In the dead of winter in 1849, three people arrive in town, changing irrevocably Dillon's life. One is Donald Dalglish (Wes Bentley), the clear-thinking leader of a railroad prospect crew who will determine where the railroad line--and a new line of wealth--will be built. The others are a mother and daughter (Nastassja Kinski, Sarah Polley) who have a past connection to Dillon and the knowledge of how he became rich. As events unfold--in pure Hardy fashion--Dillon finds himself facing a crossroads, with one path leading to redemption. The cast is uniformly brilliant, but special praise must go to Mullen, who carries the film's dramatic weight, and to Bentley, who is so composed in a role completely dissimilar to his breakthrough work in American Beauty. Director Michael Winterbottom (who adapted another Hardy piece with his film Jude) and cinematographer Alwin H. Kuchler have fashioned their film after Robert Altman's landmark McCabe and Mrs. Miller in the natural, earthy feel of a frontier town. The film opened in 2000 and deservedly appeared on a few top 10 lists, then was rereleased the following year. --Doug Thomas
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
Top Customer Reviews
Muted tones, frenetic editing, the juxtaposition of a stark hotel room then a bar glitzy with candle light, a singer (Milla Jovovich) belts out a tune, a man is whipped outside; who or what are we expected to focus on, the camera doesn't rest anywhere long enough. Nonetheless, this is an oddly engrossing film about one man (Peter Mullan) and his dream/scheme to have the railroad run through his town. He's rich but would like to increase his wealth and power. While he's busy wooing the recently arrived railroad surveyors two women show up in town, ultimately complicating everything. Not really a mystery, not a treatise on greed or the abuse of power, blind ambition, jealousy or the like. Things happen during the time period identified and that's that; take it or leave it.
What makes this an odd film is that while it is a fascinating story, it's also cold and detached and (purposely?) aloof. The scenes are choppy, bouncing around with little regard to structure, highlighting a few people and not much action. Several important clues/flashbacks are included in such a way as to distort time. It's easy to mistake them for what was currently happening; only later realizing their full importance. There's an "a-ha" moment that's rather apathetic. Once everyone reaches the same conclusion, it's met with little excitement. Because, the other odd thing about this film is its complete lack of passion. Everything is matter of fact, whether it's the last fling with a prostitute or the killing of a man or two. It's as if everyone is simply too cold to show any enthusiasm. An example: there's an explosion and a horse runs off in flames, there is no surprise but there should be; it's all too casual.
I will say that it held my attention throughout but once it was over and hindsight had set in I instantly felt no lasting regard for it, preserving the films reserved tone.
Not a film I'd ever want to see again, glad I saw it, but it's not a keeper.
I enjoyed the movie, thought the acting was very well done, and I highly recommend watching the film.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Look for similar items by category
- Movies & TV > Genre for Featured Categories > Drama
- Movies & TV > Genre for Featured Categories > Romance
- Movies & TV > Genre for Featured Categories > Westerns
- Movies & TV > MGM Home Entertainment > All MGM Titles
- Movies & TV > Movies
- Movies & TV > Studio Specials
- Movies & TV > Studio Specials > MGM Home Entertainment > All MGM Titles