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Winterbottom, who already adapted Thomas Hardy's "Jude the Obscure," takes on Hardy's "The Mayor of Casterbridge," transporting the story to California during the gold rush. Miner Dillon (Mullan) sells his wife Elena (Kinski) and baby daughter for gold and uses the money to establish his own town. But his sins come back to haunt him when his dying wife and grown daughter Hope (Polley) arrive, as does railway surveyor Dalglish (Bentley). Now Dillon's very future is threatened. There's more than the winter weather that's chilly about the film, which never reaches the tragic dimensions it should.

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Available on Running time 120 minutes. Originally from British, Canadian.

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Genres
Books to Film: Thomas Hardy, Period Piece: 19th Century, Miners & Mining, Westerns, Family Reunions, Oldest Profession, Not-So-True Identity, Fires, Terminal Illness, Bad Dads
Screenplay
Frank Cottrell-Boyce
Cast
Peter Mullan, Nastassja Kinski, Sarah Polley, Wes Bentley, Milla Jovovich, Sean McGinley, Julian Richings
Cinematography
Alwin Kuchler
Director
Michael Winterbottom
Music
Michael Nyman
Other
George Tarrant, Trevor Waite, Joanne Hanson, Mark Tildesley, Ken Rempel
Producer
Andrew Eaton, Revolution Films, Alliance Atlantis Communications, Arts Council of England, Pathe Pictures, United Artists

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