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Bill Haskell (Richard Madden) is an ambitious young man who having just graduated from college is desperate to leave New York City and make a name for himself. Along with his best friend, he sets off for the Yukon to stake his claim on the gold that remains untapped in the hills near Dawson City. Their journey is an arduous one, covering thousands of miles where they encounter harsh and deadly terrain but it isn t until Haskell arrives in Dawson City that he realises the real danger is only just beginning. A brand new six-part epic mini-series from executive producer Ridley Scott.
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Visually stunning, this miniseries represents a brave effort - filmed on location, conditions as cold as they look. Less happy is the attempt to cram so much into six episodes of just over forty minutes. Several times there appears evidence of ruthless editing, the final episode especially seeming cobbled together. Some may also regret a tendency to moralize. Without voice-overs, the message is clear: there is far more of value to life than material possessions.
Acting is a strength: Richard Madden as Bill, intent upon justice; Ian Hart as a conman exploiting the vulnerable; Tim Roth's Mr. Big ruthlessly set on acquiring all; Sam Shepard's preacher, work cut out amidst such lawlessness.
Much is based on fact, the 1897 gold rush to prove short-lived, satisfaction brought to few.
A ten minute bonus tells how special effects were minimal - that mountain, for example, climbed for real.
Despite reservations, worth a look - mainly for its depiction of a community struggling to survive, each day dominated by hope discovery of gold will change everything.
well worth watching. Directed by Simon Cellan Jones with Ridley
Scott as Executive Producer, this is the story of both men and women
who tried to seek their fortunes in the Yukon territory of Canada
during the 1890's.
Richard Madden plays the part of Bill Haskell a young graduate who
along with his boyhood friend Byron Epstein (Augustus Prew) walks
out of his graduation ceremony to seek his fortune in Gold.
The story is played out amidst the majestic and often cruel backdrop
of the Yukon mountains. It is man versus nature, man versus man and
for one man, the character of Bill Haskell, finding the inner strength
to keep some sense of loyalty and morality amidst the morass
of greed, murder and disease (Typhus) in lawless Dawson City. We see
him pal up with a young Jack London (Johnny Simmons) who went on to
become a great writer with such books as White Fang.
Bill loses his best friend to murder, has a bittersweet relationship
with Belinda Mulrooney (Abbie Cornish) along the way, and ultimately
survives the rigours of a gold prospectors life with "a head full
Based on the book, Gold Diggers by Charlotte Gray, this is as pretty
much true to the life and times of the era that a film crew can
create in the rain and snow of reality, and Richard Madden played his
heart out in this role, creating a totally believable character,
I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Released 2013. Runs for approximately 270 minutes,
with a short feature on the making of the series.
DVD on 2 discs.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Enjoyable six-part mini-series; but nothing to really rave about.Published 5 months ago by Jenny (South Africa)
I watched the series and liked it so much that I bought the DVD as a gift for someone close. - 5-Stars!Published 15 months ago by Mike C.
Brought this for the hubby he loves these and it got me some pease for a couple of hours lolPublished 18 months ago by emma klyen