Movie Narrative: The Claim (2000)

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            The Claim (2000) is rated R.  Furthermore, it is 2 hours long.  This movie is categorized under the drama, romance and western genre.  The official release date is February 2nd, 2001.  The release date is for the Country of the United Kingdom.  The director was Michael Winterbottom.  The writers were Thomas Hardy and Frank Cottrell Boyce.  The officially recognized stars of The Claim (2000); were Wes Bentley, Peter Mullan and Milla Jovovich.  The list of the 15 most important cast members is as follows: 
  • Peter Mullan (Daniel Dillon).
  • Milla Jovovich (Lucia).
  • Wes Bentley (Donald Dalglish).
  • Nastassja Kinski (Elena Burn).
  • Sarah Polley (Hope Burn).
  • Shirley Henderson (Annie).
  • Julian Richings (Francis Bellanger).
  • Sean McGinley (Mr. Sweetley).
  • Randy Birch (Priest).
  • Tom McCamus (Mr. Burn).
  • Frank Zotter (Photographer).
  • Artur Ciastkowski (Delany).
  • Barry Ward (Young Dillon).
  • Karolina Muller (Young Elena).
  • David LeReaney (Saloon Actor).

            The synopsis follows.  The Claim (2000) is a western story, out of the State of California, U.S.A.  In the year 1867, and in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, there exists a small town.  The town is named Kingdom Come.  Furthermore, the town is owned by a man named, Daniel Dillon.  In Kingdom Come, Daniel Dillon is the law.  One day, a horse and carriage arrives bringing new prostitutes to the town.  Amongst the prostitutes are workers, from the Central Pacific Railroad.  A man named Donald Dalglish, leads the group of workers.  Finally, a woman named Elena Burn, along with her daughter Hope Burn, also arrives in Kingdom Come.  The workers from the Central Pacific Railroad, are there to survey the land.  It is possible that, a train station is going to be built, in the Town of Kingdom Come.  Elena knows Dillon, and, she is hoping to meet and talk to him.  Hope thinks that Dillon, is a distant relative.  Additionally, Elena and Hope are staying, in the town’s hotel.  A woman named Lucia is Dillon’s woman, during this particular time.  Furthermore, Lucia manages to be involved in a lot of affairs.  Incidentally, Dalglish had an opportunity to meet Hope Burn, when they first arrived.  Dalglish, and the men, start to work surveying the land.  At the same time, and as time passes, Dalglish gets to know and pass time with Hope Burn.  For some unknown reason, Dalglish and Lucia also become linked together.  One day, Elena sends Hope to see Mr. Dillon.  Furthermore, Elena tells Hope to give Dillon a rosary chain.  Daniel Dillon receives the rosary chain from Hope Burn.  Additionally, Dillon passes time thinking and remembering.  It results that; a young Daniel Dillon arrived to the area, which became Kingdom Come, with a woman and baby.  During a snow storm; a man named Mr. Burn gave Dillon, Elena and Hope shelter.  During their stay in Mr. Burn’s shack, a young Daniel Dillon decided to exchange his wife and baby, to Mr. Burn.  The young Daniel Dillon received, in return, the shack and the rights to Mr. Burn’s gold claim.  Elena and Hope do leave with Mr. Burn, and, Daniel Dillon stays behind; as agreed.  Furthermore, he becomes exceedingly wealthy, and, the owner of the Town of Kingdom Come.  Daniel Dillon and Elena Burn, are finally able to re-unite, at the shack.  The same shack where Elena, was traded to Mr. Burn.  After the meeting, Daniel Dillon decides to leave Lucia, in order, to re-marry Elena.  Ultimately, Dalglish sends the railroad in a different direction, and, things change in the Town of Kingdom Come.  Director, Michael Winterbottom, does a good job.  Furthermore, he does a tremendously good job, bringing this story to life.  The town, particularly during the winter months, is beautiful against a backdrop of countryside and forest.  The writers do an equally good job.  The Daniel Dillon character is a simple, but, a well written character.  Additionally, the same can be said, about the Lucia character.  The officially recognized stars contribute tremendously.  They would be missed, if they were not chosen.  Special recognition is merited to Milla Jovovich for the Lucia character.  Furthermore, special recognition is also merited to Wes Bentley for the Donald Dalglish character.  Overall, The Claim (2000) earns the rating of 7 out of 10.
            The movie narrative of, The Claim (2000), is as follows.  It is the year 1867.  The location is a small town called Kingdom Come.  Kingdom Come is located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, in the State of California, U.S.A.  People arrive at Kingdom Come.  Furthermore, they arrive by horse and carriage.  Amongst the new arrivals are prostitutes, and, people from the Central Pacific Railroad.  Kingdom Come belongs to a man named, Daniel Dillon.  Dillon is also the law in Kingdom Come.  Dillon’s men greet the new arrivals, and, they enforce Dillon’s law.  Furthermore, they confiscate weapons from the workers of the Central Pacific Railroad.  A man named Donald Dalglish appears to be the leader, of the workers, of the Central Pacific Railroad.  A mother and daughter, also arrive with the group.  The mother’s name is Elena Burn.  The daughter’s name is Hope Burn.  Elena and Hope are not prostitutes, and, the men start to fight each other for their attention.  Dillon’s men break up the fight.  Hope and Dalglish quickly meet.  Additionally, Dalglish is the Chief Engineer for the Central Pacific Railroad.  Dalglish escorts Hope through the town.  Elena and Hope stay at the hotel.  Furthermore, Elena is sick.  At the bar, the men and the prostitutes interact with each other.  Dalglish arrives at the bar.  Lucia sings in the Portuguese language.  Lucia is Dillon’s woman, but, they are not married.  Dalglish is sent to meet Mr. Dillon.  Dillon gambles using Dalglish’s birthday.  Lucia arrives at the gambling area.  Lucia and Dalglish, get to know each other.  Lucia makes a speech, in honor, of the Central Pacific Railroad.  Lucia introduces Dalglish, and another worker from the Central Pacific Railroad, to two prostitutes.  The other worker accepts his prostitute; however, Dalglish grudgingly accepts his prostitute.  Lucia and Dillon prepare to go to sleep.  They also pass time together; as a couple.  Dalglish arrives at the town’s brothel.  Unexpectedly, two men fight over stolen gold.  The stolen gold, was also going to be used as payment, for prostitutes.  One of Dillon’s men administers punishment.  The men have to report, to Mr. Dillon in the morning.  Dalglish enters the bed area with a prostitute.  Furthermore, he passes the night with two prostitutes.  The next morning, Hope and Elena watch Dillon, from their hotel bedroom.  Furthermore, Elena gives Hope a rosary chain, and, she tells Hope to give it to Mr. Dillon.  At the same time, Dillon and his men publicly punish a man.  Dillon decides, which man stole the gold, from the other man.  The man is punished by being lashed 25 times, by a leather whip.  Hope successfully gives Dillon, the rosary chain.  Dalglish escorts Hope back to the hotel.  Furthermore, Hope tells Dalglish that, Dillon is her relative.  Dalglish tells Hope that, the railroad is interested in putting a station in Kingdom Come.  Dalglish and Hope agree to meet-up, the next day.  Dillon travels to a shack, which he keeps, out in the forest.  At the shack, Dillon looks at a picture of a man, woman and baby.  The scene changes, and, a man travels through a snow storm.  A woman and baby, also, travel with the man.  Unexpectedly, they arrive at a shack.  The owner lets them enter.  The man is from Ireland.  The woman is from Poland.  Furthermore, both are looking for gold.  The owner of the shack shows them gold nuggets.  The owner of the shack, and, the man from Ireland agree to a trade.  The owner of the shack receives, the woman and the baby.  The man from Ireland receives a claim, which is used, to mine for gold.  The scene changes, and, Dillon is at his shack.  It results that, the man from Ireland is the young Daniel Dillon.  The woman is the young Elena Burn, and, the baby is Hope Burn.  The owner of the shack is Mr. Burn.  The scene changes, and, Dalglish passes time with Hope.  They are preparing to leave into the forest.  Dalglish and Hope re-join the big group, and, they walk towards the forest.  The big group is the workers, of the Central Pacific Railroad.  Dalglish and Hope, pass the day surveying the land.  At the hotel, Lucia and Hope meet.  Lucia is there to invite Elena and Hope, for a visit, at Dillon’s house.  Hope goes, but, Elena stays at the hotel.  Lucia and Hope walk to Dillon’s house.  Furthermore, they talk about Dalglish.  At Dillon’s house, Hope plays the piano, and, Lucia sings.  Additionally, Lucia helps Hope find a dress.  At the bar Lucia sings, and, Hope plays the piano.  After singing, Lucia sits at a table with Dalglish and Dillon.  Hope stays on stage, and, she recites a poem.  The scene changes, and, Dillon remembers himself; as a young man.  Furthermore, he remembers Hope when she was a baby.  The scene changes, and, Dillon is at the bar.  Hope sits at Dillon’s table, and, Dalglish stands to sing.  At the brothel, Bellanger is out of money and favor with the prostitutes.  Bellanger works for the Central Pacific Railroad.  Dalglish walks Hope to the hotel.  Bellanger passes the night with a prostitute.  The next morning, Dillon sends Elena gifts.  Hope also receives gifts.  Additionally, he asks for Elena to be sent to him.  Elena travels to Dillon’s shack in the forest.  At the shack, Elena tells Dillon that Mr. Burn died.  Additionally, that she is dying.  Furthermore, she asks Dillon for $200 dollars a year.  Hope doesn’t know their true story.  Dillon leaves without answering, Elena’s request.  Dillon travels to the bank.  At the bank, Dillon withdraws several bars of gold.  Dillon has sexual intercourse with Lucia.  After the sex, Dillon tells Lucia that, he is leaving her.  Furthermore; he gives her the bar, tobacco house and the house.  Lucia accuses Dillon of wanting to have sex, with Hope Burn.  Dillon becomes angry and hits, Lucia.  Dalglish continues surveying the land, for the Central Pacific Railroad.  Unfortunately, there is a tragic explosion, and, several workers die.  The workers of the Central Pacific Railroad, bury their own.  At night, Dalglish and Bellanger talk.  It appears that, the railroad will not pass through the Town of Kingdom Come.  At the Town of Kingdom Come, Dillon organizes the men.  The men start to pull, and transport, a house into the town.  Elena wakes up to music, and, a request to see Mr. Dillon.  At the new house, Dillon asks Elena to marry him.  Elena agrees to marry Mr. Dillon.  At night, Elena explains to Hope, why she is marrying Dillon.  Dalglish, and the workers of the Central Pacific Railroad, return.  Lucia and the prostitutes greet the men, as they arrive.  Furthermore, Lucia informs Dalglish of Dillon’s marriage to Elena.  Dalglish attends the wedding party.  He also dances with Hope.  That night, the Town of Kingdom Come celebrates the wedding.  Dalglish and Hope pass time talking.  Bellanger announces his engagement, to his favorite prostitute.  At the bar, the men celebrate Bellanger’s engagement.  Lucia attempts to pass the night, with Dalglish.  Dalglish rejects the advances.  The next morning, the workers of the Central Pacific Railroad leave.  Dillon tells Dalglish to not return, if, he doesn’t secure the railroad through Kingdom Come.  Dillon attempts to help his wife, with her sickness.  He hires a man, who cures, using electricity.  Dalglish meets with his boss, at the Central Pacific Railroad.  At the meeting, Dalglish wants to avoid the Town of Kingdom Come.  Furthermore, he thinks that the town, would eventually re-locate to the new location.  The boss lets Dalglish, do as he wants.  Elena Dillon continues to be sick.  Hope helps her mother, with her illness.  The scene changes, and, Dillon remembers himself; as a young man.  The young Dillon shouts for Elena.  The scene changes, and, Dillon watches his wife.  The workers of the Central Pacific Railroad, return.  Furthermore, they quickly retrieve their supplies and weapons.  Dillon is quickly informed of the situation.  Dillon and his men prepare their weapons.  Dillon approaches and the men, prepare for a gun fight.  Dalglish confirms to Dillon that, the railroad is not passing through Kingdom Come.  Hope approaches, and, Bellanger kills Sweetley.  There is a stand off, but, there is no gunfight.  Dillon lets the men, of the Central Pacific Railroad, leave without further incident.  Additionally, Dillon takes Hope with him.  From this point forward; the series of events, take the viewer, to the end.  Lucia and the prostitutes decide to re-locate.  They start a new town, at the site, of the future railroad station.  Finally; you have to watch, in order to know, how this movie ends.
            The movie narrative of the feature film, The Claim (2000), ends with some Hollywood facts.  The countries of origin are the United Kingdom, France and Canada.  The official language is English.  There are other notable release dates.  The other notable release dates are:  U.S.A., December 7, 2000 (Los Angeles, California) (Premiere); U.S.A., December 29, 2000 (Los Angeles, California); U.S.A., December 29, 2000 (New York City, New York) and Germany, February 17, 2001 (Berlin International Film Festival).  There are 3 filming locations, in total, for this feature film.  The filming locations are:  Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway, Durango, Colorado, U.S.A.; Calgary, Alberta, Canada and Fortress Mountain, Kananaskis Country, Alberta, Canada.  There is box office data for this particular movie.  The original budget is estimated at, $20 million CAD.  The opening weekend is for the Country of the United States of America, and, it occurred on January 5, 2001.  On its opening weekend, this movie made $5,326 USD.  This movie is closed in theaters on May 18, 2001.  The gross profits, that are reported, are $403,932 USD.  The filming dates, that are reported, are February 2000 to April 2000.  The production companies are Alliance Atlantis Communications, Arts Council of England, British Broadcasting Company (BBC), Canal +, DB Entertainment, Grosvenor Park Productions, Pathe Pictures International and Revolution Films.  There are eight distributors for this particular movie.  All of the distributors are Alta Classics S.L. Unipersonal (Spain), Concorde Filmverleih (Germany), Eurovideo (All Media), Film1 Action (Netherlands), Manga Films (Spain), Pathe (France), Shochiku Eiga and United Artists (U.S.A.) (Theatrical).   
            To end and as always, RB28’s Movie Narratives, encourages you to continue reading the posted movie narratives.  The aforementioned blog strives to provide basic information, so that it, becomes inspiration.  Movies are a great pleasure to RB28’s Movie Narratives, and, the blog’s author hopes that they are for you as well.  For this week, and in conclusion, the feature film was The Claim (2000).  RB28’s Movie Narratives looks forward to seeing you next week, when another movie will be highlighted.


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