The Claim (2000)

R   |    |  Drama, Romance, Western


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A prospector who sold his wife and infant daughter in exchange for a mining claim, tries desperately to win them back as he helps to build the Pacific Railroad with a group of pioneer friends.


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10 April 2002 | Spleen
Turns out, after some will have lost patience, to be fairly good
Michael Winterbottom's decision to construct the whole movie out of extreme telephoto shots - some of which have a pane of focus so shallow you start to wonder if it's really there at all - is more dogma than style. It places a heavy strain on the eyes which some viewers will mistake for tension in the story. (Michael Nyman's music, consisting of something like the "endless melody" which Wagner threatened to write but thankfully never did, likewise creates a tension which some viewers will mistakenly think belongs to the story. Actually, for once Nyman's music isn't that bad.) You have to admire the skill, and the art direction, like the choice of location, is beyond praise, but there's NO REASON AT ALL to make as peer at every single scene through a telescope, except perhaps that it's a shortcut (far too easy a shortcut) to stylistic unity.

It's surprising, towards the end, after all the cold, barely focused and rather absent storytelling, to find that the film packs a punch, after all. It came as a shock when I realised I'd actually been watching something GOOD. We really had been transported to another place (the journey was just a little slow); not having read Hardy's book, I found myself wondering how he could possibly have placed the story in an English setting.

I was also surprised to find myself touched. Some sad things happen at the end. I won't say what they are, and a synopsis of the plot probably wouldn't reveal what's sad about them, anyway.

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Trivia

The movie was filmed at Fortress Mountain in the Province of Alberta, Canada. Fortress Mountain, part of the Canadian Rockies, rises to a height of 3,007 meters (9,865 feet). The movie was filmed at a location above 2,440 meters (approximately 8,000 feet). The sets were close to the popular ski 71.5 miles) to the west of Calgary. The film set location was popular with snowboarders, who threatened to shut the production down through hooliganism, according to the official movie Web site. Differences were smoothed over when it was made apparent that the production company planned to return the site to its natural state. As the production neared completion, the producers rejected an offer to preserve the gold-rush town set for tourism, instead burning it down to provide a fitting climax for the film.


Quotes

Vauneen: Alright ladies, let's go. I'm Vauneen, I take care of you from this point on. Ya get down, and we're going to get you to work real soon...
Deputy: Alright gents, let's hand-up your firearms.
Donald Dalglish: Why?
Deputy: It's a town's rule.
Donald Dalglish: These firearms are the property of the ...
Deputy: ...
Donald Dalglish: ...


Goofs

Around the 1:43 mark when the prospector is torching the town we see a ski lift running in the background with people on it. Again around the 1:54 mark in the last few minutes of the film we see the ski lift again in the background for a good 10-15 seconds.


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Sé Velha
Written by Américo Durão & António Menano
Published by SPA

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Plot Summary


Genres

Drama | Romance | Western

Details

Release Date:

2 February 2001

Language

English


Country of Origin

UK, France, Canada

Filming Locations

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Box Office

Budget:

CAD20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,131 1 January 2001

Gross USA:

$669,258

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$885,836

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