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There Will Be Blood (2007)

A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business.

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The intersecting life stories of Daniel Plainview and Eli Sunday in early twentieth century California presents miner-turned-oilman Daniel Plainview, a driven man who will do whatever it takes to achieve his goals. He works hard but also takes advantage of those around him at their expense if need be. His business partner/son (H.W.) is, in reality, an "acquired" child whose true biological single-parent father (working on one of Daniel's rigs) died in a workplace accident. Daniel is deeply protective of H.W. if only for what H.W. brings to the partnership. Eli Sunday is one in a pair of twins whose family farm Daniel purchases for the major oil deposit located on it. Eli, a local preacher and a self-proclaimed faith healer, wants the money from the sale of the property to finance his own church. The lives of the two competitive men often clash as Daniel pumps oil off the property and tries to acquire all the surrounding land at bargain prices to be able to build a pipeline to the ... Written by Huggo / edited by statmanjeff

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Taglines:

There Will Be Greed. There Will Be Vengeance. See more »

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Drama | History

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Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »

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25 January 2008 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$302,845 (USA) (28 December 2007)

Gross:

$40,218,903 (USA) (25 April 2008)
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Trivia

Several characters seen or mentioned in 'There Will Be Blood' seem to have been based on historical figures. Though his name is never spoken during the film, Plainview's business partner H. B. Ailman shares the name of an actual prospector and oil man who was active during the turn of the century and associates with oil tycoon Edward L. Doheny, on whom Daniel Plainview seems to have been partly based. The two Standard Oil representatives "H. M. Tilford" and "J. J. Carter" who meet with Plainview are based on historical oil men: Henry Morgan Tilford was once vice-president of the Standard Oil Company during the turn of the century, while John Joyce Carter's Carter Oil Company was incorporated and subsidized by Standard Oil (New Jersey) in the 1890s. At one point in the film, the name "A. C. Maude" is stated as a property holder in Little Boston; the actual A. C. Maude was a prominent community member of Bakersfield, California during the late 1800s; Bakersfield is located in Kern County, where over 80% of California's oil wells are found. The name "Redlick" is also stated as a Little Boston property holder; Joseph Redlick was also a prominent community member of Bakersfield during the early 1900s. See more »

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After H.W. starts the ceremonial first drilling of the new well, the "walking arm" of this cable-tool rig begins to plunge the bit up and down. The walking arm of a cable-tool rig cannot be used to start a well, as the rigid "tool string" can be forty feet long or more and the derrick tower must be used to drive the bit for about the first sixty feet. Only then can the walking arm be mated to the tool string's cable to continue the bore. See more »

Quotes

Plainview: [Daniel, suspicious of Henry, aims a gun at him] I want you to tell me something.
Henry Brands: What?
Plainview: What's the name of the farm next to the Hill house? What was the name of the farm next to the Hill House?
Henry Brands: I... I can't remem...
Plainview: Who are you?
Henry Brands: I'll leave, Daniel.
Plainview: Who are you?
Henry Brands: I'm no one. Just... let me get up and go.
Plainview: Do I have a brother?
Henry Brands: I met a man in King City who said he was your brother. We were friends for months, working in King City, and he wanted to make his way to you, Daniel. We didn't have any money...
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Composed by Jonny Greenwood
Performed by London Sinfonietta (as The London Sinfonietta)
Conducted by Martyn Brabbins
Ondes Martenot Solos by Valérie Hartmann-Claverie & Bruno Perrault
Recorded for Broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 25th June 2005
Licensed courtesy of BBC Worldwide
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Wow
12 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If Daniel Day-Lewis doesn't win an Oscar for this performance, there is something horribly wrong. His performance and this film were amazing. I don't give this kind of accolade out generously. I was at the screening at the Chelsea West. We waited outside in the cold and rain for a good two hours to get in there and get some good seats and I can honestly say, I would have waited double that amount of time. Enough of my rambling though. In regards to the film itself; it was very well done. The cinematography was amazing as well as the set design. As usual, PTA gives us a flawless script with terrifying, humorous, and compelling dialogue. All of the acting was spot on. Paul Dano played the role of a two-faced, maniacal, and power hungry preacher. The young man who plays H.W. Plainview was also very solid. As PTA stated during the Q&A last night, he seemed to know everything about the story and his character and seemed to be a natural. Daniel Day-Lewis. Need I say more? He was breathtaking in TWBB. Amazing is all i can say. You will need to see the film to see for yourself. Some may become bored with the film at times, which is what i gathered from the people sitting around me. I had no problem with the "slow" scenes, but the general public may have a problem grasping this film. If anything, this will be the reason if it gets snubbed at the Oscars.


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