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One man's small empire threatens to collapse under the weight of his greed and deceit in this drama that transplants the story of Thomas Hardy's The Mayor of Casterbridge to 19th century America. In 1867, Dillon (Peter Mullan) is an Irish immigrant who settled in California during the Gold Rush of '49 and has done quite well for himself. Dillon owns nearly every business of consequence in the town of Kingdom Come; if someone wants to dig for gold, rent a room, open a bank account, or even order a drink, they have to go to Dillon to do it. One of the few profitable enterprises in… More

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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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