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Gold (2013)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama, Western | 15 August 2013 (Germany)
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In the summer of 1898, a small group of German compatriots head into the hostile northern interior of British Columbia in search for gold at the height of the Klondike Gold Rush.

Director:

Thomas Arslan

Writer:

Thomas Arslan (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nina Hoss ... Emily Meyer
Marko Mandic Marko Mandic ... Carl Boehmer
Peter Kurth ... Wilhelm Laser
Uwe Bohm Uwe Bohm ... Gustav Müller
Rosa Enskat Rosa Enskat ... Maria Dietz
Wolfgang Packhäuser Wolfgang Packhäuser ... Otto Dietz
Lars Rudolph Lars Rudolph ... Joseph Rossmann
Dave Brown Dave Brown ... Gold Digger in Prelude
Nadine Adam Nadine Adam ... Gold Digger in Prelude
Dustin Elkins Dustin Elkins ... Gold Digger in Prelude
Robert Munch Robert Munch ... Gold Digger in Prelude
John Vye John Vye ... Old Man in Ashcroft
Terence Lewis ... Prosecutor of Carl (as Terry Lewis)
Steve Thackray Steve Thackray ... Prosecutor of Carl
Norman Jim Norman Jim ... Young Man in Quesnel
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During the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898, Emily Meyer joins a group of German immigrants who travel to the Far North in search of gold deposits. The seven apprentice gold-diggers, who have no real idea of what awaits them, leave the town of Ashcroft, the end of the railway line and set off for their long journey. As they sink into the wilderness of Canada's wide-open paces, fatigue is felt. Worse, the maps become uncertain. As a result, doubt sets in and conflicts burst forth... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Country:

Germany | Canada

Language:

German | English

Release Date:

15 August 2013 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Золото See more »

Filming Locations:

British Columbia, Canada See more »

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| (premiere)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Filmed entirely in daylight harvesting. See more »

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Before Joseph Rossmann runs into the wilderness they have 5 horses then when they break camp and leave they have only 3. See more »

Quotes

Gustav Müller: [Speaking in German, with English subtitles, to the group at a campfire] Let's drink to a successful voyage.
Wilhelm Laser: Müller, we'd agreed on a bare minimum of provisions.
Gustav Müller: There's no need for pettiness, Laser. No one could object to a good beer. The sooner we've drunk it, the lighter my load will be. Here's to the gold. It's waiting for us.
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High on realism
12 May 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is a western…of sorts. While it's NOT about the American West and occurs a few years after the wild and crazy days of westward migration in North America, it looks like a western. It's actually about the Canadian West during those crazy and dangerous days of the Klondike gold strikes. While the American gold rush of 1849-1850 is more famous (especially when you look at the number of films devoted to both), the Canadian rush of 1896-1899 was far more dangerous due to the climate and terrain of both Alaska (through which many of the prospectors came) and the Yukon. Into this mad rush is a group of German-speaking prospectors —including a single woman, Emily Meyer (Nina Hoss). However, the trek turns out to be not nearly as trouble-free and easy as the leader of the expedition says at the beginning of the film. There are lots of surprises, tons of peril and plenty of death. In fact, watching the film reminded me of the computer game "Oregon Trail", as practically every sort of disaster that could occur does!

In many ways, Gold should be commended. While about 95% of the westerns you see are historical nightmares, Gold is very realistic. The natives are NOT uniformly hostile, the gunfights are not glorious and the film is, at times, a bit dull—because life there was a bit dull! It's actually funny that it took a Bavarian (that's in Germany) production company to make a realistic film about the western migration! Plus, it did make sense as despite what you see in other films, folks who did not speak English and who were recent immigrants are the sorts of folks who settled the West. We SHOULD have been seeing people like this in our films long ago. As a retired history teacher, this sort of film really excites me. HOWEVER, and this is a big 'however', most folks probably do want to see a mythical portrait of the West!! They like heroes, fights with Indian tribes, fist fights, shootouts on the main street and all the mostly wrong trappings of a typical western. Realism, unfortunately, is not always so exciting and the film is the type of thing most viewers probably would struggle with enjoying because they want more action, happier endings and the like. So, Gold is definitely a film for a select audience—those who want realism, warts and all, instead of non-stop action and intrigue. As for the quality of the film, the acting and direction are just fine—very professional and competent. Also, while the film was apparently made in British Columbia and not the Yukon Territory (where the Klondike actually is), it's awfully close and the brown hills definitely look a lot like the ones in the Yukon (I've visited the area). Worth seeing though even I must admit this film isn't super-exciting and the ending is a bit of a downer.


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