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There Will Be Blood (2007)

R | | Drama | 25 January 2008 (USA)
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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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Paul Thomas Anderson (written for the screen by), Upton Sinclair (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Day-Lewis ... Daniel Plainview
Martin Stringer Martin Stringer ... Silver Assay Worker
Matthew Braden Stringer Matthew Braden Stringer ... Silver Assay Worker
Jacob Stringer Jacob Stringer ... Silver Assay Worker
Joseph Mussey Joseph Mussey ... Silver Assay Worker
Barry Del Sherman ... H.B. Ailman
Harrison Taylor Harrison Taylor ... Baby HW
Stockton Taylor Stockton Taylor ... Baby HW
Paul F. Tompkins ... Prescott
Dillon Freasier ... HW
Kevin Breznahan ... Signal Hill Man
Jim Meskimen ... Signal Hill Married Man
Erica Sullivan Erica Sullivan ... Signal Hill Woman
Randall Carver ... Mr. Bankside
Coco Leigh ... Mrs. Bankside
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

25 January 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Oil! See more »

Filming Locations:

Shafter, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$190,739, 30 December 2007

Gross USA:

$40,222,514

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$76,181,545
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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Paul F. Tompkins, who plays Prescott, is the only member of the cast to have appeared in a previous film directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. He had a small role in Magnolia (1999) that was cut from the finished film. The rest of the cast had never worked with Anderson before. See more »

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A fireside scene reveals Plainview's boot to have a waffle sole. The waffle sole was not invented nor used until the early-mid-'70s. See more »

Quotes

Eli Sunday: Mr. Bandy has a grandson. Have you met his grandson William? William Bandy is one of the finest members we have at the Church of The Third Revelation. He's eager to come to Hollywood to be in movies. He is very good-looking. And I do think he will have success.
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Pärt: Fratres for Cello and Piano
Composed by Arvo Pärt (as Arvo Part)
Performed by I Fiamminghi (as I Fiamminghi, The Orchestra of Flanders)
Conducted by Rudolf Werthen
Courtesy of Telarc International Corporation
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The parts were greater than the whole
18 February 2008 | by g0dolphinsSee all my reviews

This is a most difficult movie to comment on, and I find it hard to put into words as to the reason. I think I enjoyed the movie, but how, why? Did I enjoy Daniel Day Lewis' portrayal as the leading antagonist? Most defiantly. DDL has provided us with many memorable performances and his role as Daniel Plainview is no less in intensity as was Butcher Bob, nor any less authentic as Nathaniel Poe. Did I enjoy other aspects of the film? Sure! The period piece was of considerable interest; how oil can transform your life, for better, worse or otherwise. The cinematography was beautiful and telling. I fully appreciate the hard, dirty, bone weary work that this occupation would entail. The rag tag day-to-day existence for those working the oil fields, and the land from whence it came. The score too was beautifully blended, adding to the epic scope of the experience. Paul Dano was very convincing too as the prophet/preacher of the small community where Plainview acquires vast tracks of land. His character was equally complex, and I felt he complimented DDL quite adequately. Even the story had many merits, as we came to understand the type of people who produced oil, and how the product of its labor and influence can impact those who were associated with its extraction. So one would think that the buzz and hype around it in February 2008 are worthwhile, yet I cannot seem to agree. There is something missing, something that falls short of the expectations. Too many people are of opposite opinion regarding this movie; it is either a masterpiece or drivel. I find it is neither, although I am much more likely to lean towards the former. For that reason alone I should be what, somewhere five or seven on a scale of 1-10? Perhaps it does, I just wish I could feel it. So should I give it a 7 and stop wasting time lamenting over it? Yes, a 7, for reasons I can explain but not feel confident about. It pains me to do so, therefore I can only conclude that my expectations for this movie were not met.


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