The Claim
Review by Ross Anthony

The Claim1867 California, Chief railroad engineer Dalglish (Wes Bentley) walks into Daniel Dillon's gold-diggin' town to survey the land for the coast to coast rail. Coincidentally, the same day, Dillon's long lost wife and daughter stroll right into his "Kingdom Come." That provides plenty of fossil fuel for an old-fashioned cowboy romance with a touch of the artsy.

Though breaking no pace records, the film makes every effort to be real. Peter Mullan's Dillon character is preciously interesting; in fact, he's the main character, not Bentley. All act well, but none fantastic. The golden nugget of the production lies in Dillon's heartfelt attempts to buy forgiveness.

Characters talk as they do today ... not as we might have guessed they'd been speaking over a hundred years ago. This adds to the realism.

'Choked me up a time or two.

  • The Claim. Copyright © 2001. Rated R.
  • Starring Wes Bentley, Milla Jovovich, Nastassja Kinski, Peter Mullan, Sarah Polley.
  • Directed by Michael Winterbottom.
  • Written by Frank Cottrell Boyce.
  • Produced by Andrew Eaton at UA/Pathe/Art Council of Englad/Le Studio Canal/ BBC Films/Alliance Atlantis/Revolution/DB Ent/Grosvenor Park.


Copyright © 2001. Ross Anthony, currently based in Los Angeles, has scripted and shot documentaries, music videos, and shorts in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. For more reviews visit: RossAnthony.com

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