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An epic love story set against the wintry backdrop of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the early days of California. Dillon, a pioneer, defies the harsh surroundings in search of gold. Having struck it rich, he establishes a thriving mining town called Kingdom Come. But blind ambition and greed catch up to him in the form three strangers that arrive in town. A surveyor hoping to extend the Central Pacific Railroad through Kingdom Come, threatens to destroy any future the town has. And, two women from Dillon's past are the key to a secret that could lead to his undoing.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 62%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The audience is simply left with the task of fitting together the allegory's easy pieces."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"Takes place against a frigid canvas gorgeously captured by Alwin Kuchler."
‑ Jane Sumner, Dallas Morning News
"like a collegiate literature class in Thomas Hardy"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"If the story was as crisp as the snow, and the plot advanced faster than a glacier, this might have been a better film."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"One of the year's most visually stylistic films."
‑ Tom Meek, Film Threat
"Easily the most compelling Western to hit our screens since Unforgiven."
‑ Paul Tatara,
"A rich emotional experience, ranging in degree from fire to ice."
‑ Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle
"Mature viewers only; kids won't be interested."
‑ M. Faust, Common Sense Media
"While we wait, characters tromp through the snow a lot."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The Claim works best as an antitraditional Western epic that presents an allegorical drama of fate, retribution and redemption."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A mournful, poetic, epic movie that lodges in the memory."
‑ Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle
"True to its source, finding the seed of all great epics in the divisions of the heart."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"The emotions of the piece are as palpable as the neverending snowfall."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Broody and beautiful, The Claim is guaranteed to give you the chills."
‑ Harry Guerin, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
"At the center are the impeccable performances of all five leads."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
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