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DVD Review: Does Ridley Scott’s KLONDIKE Strike Television Gold? - Movies In Focus
Klondike is a rip-roaring gold-mining drama based on the real-life gold rush that took place in Alaska at the tail end of the 19th Century. This Ridley Scott produced mini-series first was the first ever scripted series produced by the Discovery Channel and it’s an enjoyable western with a good cast that has a lot to recommend. However, this gold rush drama doesn’t quite match-up to many of the great shows in this golden age of television. Richard Madden (Game Of Thrones’ Rob Stark) plays Bill Haskell, a young man with an adventurer’s heart. He sets off for the Yukon with his friend Byron Epstein (Augustus Prew), but things are much tougher than expected. They’re almost killed on their trek through the Canadian wilderness but things don’t get any better when they arrive in the frontier town of Dawson. There they discover allies in the local Preacher (Sam Shepard) and Belinda Mulrooney (Abbie Cornish), the local lumber mill owner and they also come up against Tim Roth’s evil Count and Ian Hart’s sleazy Soapy Smith. Directed by Simon Cellan Jones, Klondike is a fast-paced old-fashioned affair. It has echoes of Robert Altman’s classic ‘70s western, McCabe and Mrs Miller, with [...]