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149 Ratings

The Claim

Directed by Michael Winterbottom
Canada, France, 2000
Drama, Western


A prospector sells his wife and daughter to another gold miner for the rights to a gold mine. Twenty years later, the prospector is a wealthy man who owns much of the old west town named Kingdom Come. But changes are brewing and his past is coming back to haunt him.

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The Claim Directed by Michael Winterbottom

Awards & Festivals

British Independent Film Awards

2001 | 2 nominations including: Best Director

Boston Society of Film Critics Awards

2000 | 2 runner-up prizes including: Best Director

Genie Awards

2002 | 3 nominations including: Best Achievement in Art Direction/Production Design

Critics reviews

The plot, a loose reworking of Thomas Hardy’s The Mayor Of Casterbridge, is, in theory, a mostly traditional Western story of hardened men fighting over real estate. But one of the characters, played with extraordinarily commanding understatement by Peter Mullan, has a heartbreaking secret that explodes the genre’s propensity for loneliness.
January 06, 2016
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The Claim in anamorphic widescreen tends toward a single focal point, and a swirl of surrounding activity—even when the camera circles a man screaming in despair against a desolate landscape, he’s centered in the frame, a still point in a turning world. Returning to the film, I found it more legible, visually and narratively, than I remembered.
March 20, 2015
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