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Paul Sunday (Character)
from There Will Be Blood (2007)

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There Will Be Blood (2007)
Eli Sunday: Why are you talking about Paul?
Plainview: I did what your brother couldn't.
Eli Sunday: Don't say this to me.
Plainview: I broke you and I beat you. It was Paul who told me about you. He's the prophet. He's the smart one. He knew what was there and he found me to take it out of the ground, and you know what the funny thing is? Listen... listen... listen... I paid him ten thousand dollars, cash in hand, just like that. He has his own company now. A prosperous little business. Three wells producing. Five thousand dollars a week.
[Eli cries]
Plainview: Stop crying, you sniveling ass! Stop your nonsense. You're just the afterbirth, Eli.
Eli Sunday: No...
Plainview: You slithered out of your mother's filth.
Eli Sunday: No.
Plainview: They should have put you in a glass jar on a mantlepiece. Where were you when Paul was suckling at his mother's teat? Where were you? Who was nursing you, poor Eli? One of Bandy's sows? That land has been had. Nothing you can do about it. It's gone. It's had.
Eli Sunday: If you would just take...
Plainview: You lose.
Eli Sunday: ...this lease, Daniel...
Plainview: Drainage! Drainage, Eli, you boy. Drained dry. I'm so sorry. Here, if you have a milkshake, and I have a milkshake, and I have a straw. There it is, that's a straw, you see? Watch it. Now, my straw reaches acroooooooss the room and starts to drink your milkshake. I... drink... your... milkshake!
[sucking sound]
Plainview: I drink it up!
Eli Sunday: Don't bully me, Daniel!
[Daniel roars and throws Eli across the room]
Plainview: Did you think your song and dance and your superstition would help you, Eli? I am the Third Revelation! I am who the Lord has chosen!

Eli Sunday: You are a stupid man, Abel. You've let someone come in here and walk all over us. You let him in and do his work here, and you are a stupid man for what we could have had.
Abel Sunday: I followed His word, Eli. I tried.
Eli Sunday: You didn't do anything but sit down. You're lazy and you're stupid. Do you think God is going to save you for being stupid? He doesn't save stupid people, Abel.
[Eli clambers across the table and slams Abel to the ground]
Eli Sunday: I will tear you apart for what you've done, you stupid man! How did he come here? Do you even know? I know!
Abel Sunday: Son, don't do this, please!
Eli Sunday: Be quiet!
Abel Sunday: Please! Don't!
Eli Sunday: Shut your mouth, Abel! It was your stupid son! It was Paul who told him to come here. I know it. He went to him, and he said "My stupid, weak father will give away his lots. Go and take him." - and you let it happen.
[lets go of Abel]
Eli Sunday: From a stupid father to a stupid son.

Eli Sunday: Oh, Daniel... Oh, Daniel... please... I-I-I'm in... I'm in desperate times.
Plainview: I know.
Eli Sunday: I need a friend.
Plainview: Yes, of course you do.
Eli Sunday: I've sinned! I need help! I'm a sinner! I've let the Devil grab hold of me in ways I never imagined! I'm so full of sin.
Plainview: The Lord sometimes challenges us, doesn't he?
Eli Sunday: Oh, yes, he does. Daniel, yes, he does!
Plainview: Yes, he does!
Eli Sunday: Oh! He's completely failed to alert me to the recent panic in our economy and this! I-I... I must have this. I must, I must, I must, I must, I must have this. My investments have... Daniel, I won't bore you, but I... If I could grab the Lord's hand for help, I would, but he does these things all the time, these mysteries that he presents and while we wait... while we wait for his word...
Plainview: Because you're not the chosen brother, Eli. It was Paul who was chosen. Yes, he-he found me and he told me about your land. You're just a fool.

Plainview: [mumbles] Abandoned my child.
Eli Sunday: Say it louder... say it louder!
Plainview: I've abandoned my child! I've abandoned my child! I've abandoned my boy!
Eli Sunday: Now beg for the blood!
Plainview: [sotto voce] Please, give me the blood, Eli. Let me get out of here.
Plainview: [aloud] Give me the blood, Lord, and let me get away!

Plainview: I told you I would to eat you!
Eli Sunday: [terrified] We're family!
Plainview: I told you I would eat you up!

Eli Sunday: Things go up, things go down, but at least the Lord is always around.

Eli Sunday: When do we get our money, Daniel?
[Daniel slaps Eli across the face]
Plainview: [continuing to slap Eli] Aren't you a healer and a vessel for the holy spirit? When are you coming over and make my son hear again? Can't you do that?

Eli Sunday: How is all the work coming?
Plainview: Everything's good.
Eli Sunday: All the men are provided for?
Plainview: Of course.
Eli Sunday: Spirits seem high. Is there... anything that you need from me? Anything the church can do for you?
Plainview: I don't believe so, no. Thank you.
Eli Sunday: I understand you've asked the people to gather round and watch the well begin tomorrow, is that right?
Plainview: That's right.
Eli Sunday: I will bless the well. Before you begin, you should introduce me. You'll see me walk up towards the oil well, and...
Plainview: The derrick.
Eli Sunday: You'll see me walk up, and then you can say my name.
Plainview: When you walk up?
Eli Sunday: Yes. You'll see me walk up, and then you could say "The proud son of these hills, who tended his father's flock", and then you could say my name.
Plainview: That's fine.
Eli Sunday: And what happens then?
Plainview: Well, then we start the drill.
Eli Sunday: It's a simple blessing, Daniel, but an important one. It's just a few words, it won't take long. What time?
Plainview: What time's good for you, Eli?
Eli Sunday: Four o'clock.
Plainview: Well, let's make it four o'clock then. My thanks for your visit.
Eli Sunday: Good day. Thank you.

Paul Sunday: Mr. Plainview?
Plainview: Yes?
Paul Sunday: Are you Daniel Plainview?
Plainview: Yes. What can I do for you?
Paul Sunday: You look for oil.
Plainview: That's right.
Paul Sunday: What do you pay for a place that has it?
Plainview: Well, that depends.
Paul Sunday: What does it depend on?
Plainview: On a lot of things.
Paul Sunday: If I told you I knew a place that had oil, where land could be bought cheaply, what do you think that would be worth?
Plainview: Oh, I think that, uh... you should let me know what you know, and, uh, and then we'll try and work something out.
Paul Sunday: Can I sit down?
Plainview: Please.
Paul Sunday: [Paul sits] What church do you belong to?
Plainview: I, um... I enjoy all faiths. I don't belong to one church in particular. I... I like them all. I like everything. Where are you from?
Paul Sunday: That would be telling you. That's what I want to sell you.
Plainview: What are you doing in Signal Hill?
Paul Sunday: We have oil and it seeps through the ground. Do you want to pay me to know where it is...
Plainview: Well, just because there's something on the ground doesn't mean there's anything beneath it.
Paul Sunday: Why did Standard Oil buy up land?
Plainview: Is it in California?
Paul Sunday: Maybe.
Plainview: How much land they buy?
Paul Sunday: I'd like it better if you didn't think I was stupid.

[They stand at a map]
Paul Sunday: This is us, here. Spur Station, here at Little Boston. The Sunday ranch is what you're looking for. There's a sheep trail that takes you there. It's a mile out of town, headed west, not far. Just through a small pass here, near the base of the hills. You'll pass a church, and just follow the sheep trail.
Plainview: Where's Standard buying up?
Paul Sunday: [pointing at map] Here, and here.
Plainview: And your family name is Sunday, yes?
Paul Sunday: That's right.
Plainview: How many's in your family?
Paul Sunday: My father and mother and sisters, and my brother, Eli.
H.W. Plainview: How many sisters do you have?
Paul Sunday: Two.
Plainview: What's your name?
Paul Sunday: Paul.
Fletcher Hamilton: Does any of your family know about the oil that you say is there?
Paul Sunday: I don't know. Uh, my uncle always said there was oil there, but I don't know what they heard or what they think.
Fletcher Hamilton: What do you grow?
Paul Sunday: It's goats. Uh, it's a goat farm. I told you, nothing grows but weeds.
Fletcher Hamilton: Is there water?
Paul Sunday: It's salty. You drill a well, it's hard not to get salt water. The oil is there. I'm telling you. I want to go now, so...
Plainview: Uh, you can stay tonight.
Paul Sunday: No, I want to go now. I wanna leave.
Plainview: Listen, Paul... If I travel all the way up there and I find that you've been lying to me, I'm gonna find you, and I'm gonna take more than my money back. Is that all right with you?
Paul Sunday: Yes, sir.
Plainview: All right then.
Paul Sunday: Nice luck to you and God bless.
Plainview: And to you, young man.

Eli Sunday: And I had a vision. Yes, last night, I had a vision. And I felt God's breath go through me, and it moved down into my stomach and sloshed around, and my stomach spoke in a whisper, not a shout: "Touch this woman with your hands, and caress her."
Eli Sunday: [grabbing Mrs. Hunter's hands] My dear Mrs. Hunter, you have arthritis, don't you?
Mrs. Hunter: Yes, I do, Eli.
Eli Sunday: Yes, the Devil is in your hands, and I will suck it out. Now, I will not cast this ghost out with a fever, for the new spirit inside me has shown me I have a new way to communicate. It is a gentle whisper.
[touches hands to Mrs. Hunter's face]
Eli Sunday: Get out of here, ghost. Get out of here, ghost. Get out. Get out of here, ghost. Get out of here, ghost. Get out of here, ghost. Get out of here, and don't you dare turn around and come back, for if you do, all the armies of my boot will kick you in the teeth, and you will be cast up and thrown in the dirt and thrust back to Perdition! And as long as I have teeth, I will bite you! And if I have no teeth, I will gum you! And as long as I have fists, I will bash you! Now, get out of here ghost! Get out of here, ghost! Get out of here, ghost! Egh! YEOW!
[throws the 'ghost' out through the door]
Eli Sunday: And it left!
The Congregation: Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord in his holy name! Amen! Thank you, Jesus!
Eli Sunday: [approaching Mrs. Hunter] My dear Mrs. Hunter...
Mrs. Hunter: Eli.
Eli Sunday: Dance with me. Dance with me.

Plainview: Eli! Tragedy at the well last night.
Eli Sunday: Yes, I heard.
Plainview: Joe Ghunda was a man of considerable faith, so if you wish to say a few words, his burial's at noon, tomorrow.
Eli Sunday: Daniel, this accident could have been avoided. It is terrible to think of that well working away out there, unblessed...
Plainview: Yes, it could have. These men are working twelve hour shifts and they need their rest. If they don't have it, they start to make stupid mistakes...
Eli Sunday: I've seen some of the men drinking. Don't you think that has something to do with it...
Plainview: We need these men well rested to bring in this well. They can't get that if they're up here listening to your gospel, and then the well can't produce and blow gold all over the place...
Eli Sunday: I wish I had more time with Joe Ghunda. More could have been done...
Plainview: And then the well can't produce and blow gold all over the place. Now, would you see to it that his personal possessions find their way back to his family, please? Thank you. Heard you were planning some renovations?
Eli Sunday: Yes. Our congregation is growing strongly. We need more room.
Plainview: Well, that was one goddamn helluva show.
[chuckles and walks off]
Eli Sunday: We were happy to have you, Daniel.

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.

Plainview: What would you like, Eli?
Eli Sunday: Ten thousand dollars.
Plainview: For what?
Eli Sunday: For my church.
Plainview: That's good. That's a good one.

Plainview: [Paul Sunday has offered to sell Plainview information] Why'd you come to me?
Paul Sunday: You just brought this well in?
Plainview: That's right.
Paul Sunday: Yes, so just give me five hundred dollars in cash, right now, and I'll tell you where it is.
Plainview: I'll tell you what I'll do, son. I'll give you a hundred dollars now and, if it proves to be a promising lease, then give a thousand dollar bonus...
Paul Sunday: Six hundred dollars.
Plainview: Just tell me one thing to help me decide. What else have you got up there. What do you grow?
Paul Sunday: We have a big ranch, but it's mostly rocks. We can plant things; nothing will grow but weeds. What makes you think it's up?
Fletcher Hamilton: Is there sulfur around, or alkali deposits?
Paul Sunday: Alkali, nearby. I don't know sulfur.
[notices H.W]
Paul Sunday: Is that your son?
Plainview: Yes.
Paul Sunday: [to H.W] Hi.
H.W. Plainview: Hi.
Paul Sunday: [to Fletcher] Who are you?
Fletcher Hamilton: I'm Fletcher Hamilton. Nice to meet you, son. What's your name?
Paul Sunday: What do you do?
Fletcher Hamilton: I work with Mr. Plainview.
Plainview: Here's five hundred dollars. You tell me something worth hearing, this money's yours.
Paul Sunday: I come from a town called Little Boston, in Isabella County.

Eli Sunday: We have a sinner with us here who wishes for salvation. Daniel, are you a sinner?
Plainview: Yes.
Eli Sunday: Oh, the Lord can't hear you, Daniel. Say it to him. Go ahead and speak to him. It's all right.
Plainview: Yes.
Eli Sunday: Down on your knees and to him. Look up to the sky and say it.
Plainview: What do you want me to say?
Eli Sunday: Oh, Daniel, you've come here and you've brought good and wealth, but you have also brought your bad habits as a backslider. You've lusted after women, and you have abandoned your child - your child that you raised. You have abandoned all because he was sick and you have sinned. So say it now - "I am a sinner."
Plainview: I am a sinner.
Eli Sunday: Say it louder - " I am a sinner! "
Plainview: I'm a sinner.
Eli Sunday: Louder, Daniel. I am a sinner!
Plainview: I am a sinner.
Eli Sunday: I am sorry, Lord!
Plainview: I am sorry , Lord.
Eli Sunday: I want the blood!
Plainview: I want the blood.
Eli Sunday: You have abandoned your child!
Plainview: I've abandoned my child.
Eli Sunday: I will never backslide!
Plainview: I will never backslide.
Eli Sunday: I was lost, but now I am found!
Plainview: I was lost but now I'm found.
Eli Sunday: I have abandoned my child!
[Plainview glares at him]
Eli Sunday: Say it... say it!